Travel News: Britain bids farewell to its world-traveling queen

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(CNN) – In travel news this week, a new high-speed train has been unveiled in Europe, an RAF plane carrying Queen Elizabeth. II’s coffin set a new flight tracking record and a Canadian family is collecting “visual keepsakes” around the world before their three children lose their sight.

The United Kingdom mourns Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth visited more than 120 countries during her 70-year reign: she saw regimes change, countries rise and fall, the end of the British Empire and the rise of globalization. Here are some of the most memorable trips around the world.
And now, too, it’s setting travel records: on September 13, a plane flying from Edinburgh to London became the most tracked flight ever on the aviation website Flightradar24.
Many tributes to Queen Elizabeth are expected in the coming weeks and months, but one of the earliest aviation-related honors came from France: the small seaside airport at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage has been named after the late queen.

Trains and planes

In the US, Amtrak canceled long-distance rail routes ahead of a freight rail strike at the time of writing. avoided after reaching an agreement. Then on Friday, hundreds of European flights were hit by an air traffic control strike. Disruption is also expected as London’s Heathrow Airport said on Monday that some flights would be canceled or delayed in order to quiet the airspace during events to mark the Queen’s funeral.
And in Asia, coffee shops along Hanoi’s popular “train street” — along a track where trains run a whisker away from homes and businesses — have been ordered to close by September 17, shopkeepers said just days before. .

Life in the US skies

Surveillance and body camera video shows a man entering the baggage carousel at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and entering a restricted area.

A retired nurse helped save the life of a child who stopped breathing on a Spirit Airlines flight between Pittsburgh and Orlando. Tamara Panzino was able to revive the 3-month-old child and she says after a couple of minutes, he knew “we were home free”.
Not all travelers have been so helpful. A New York woman was recently sentenced to four months in jail after she and her co-accused engaged in “inappropriate and intimidating behavior” on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Los Angeles in February 2021.

Asian record breakers

The 326-meter tall glass Bailong Elevator is located in one of China’s national parks, believed by many to have inspired the scenery of the hit movie “Avatar.”

At 326 meters (or 1,070 feet), the Bailong Elevator in China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the tallest outdoor elevator in the world. It offers breathtaking views of the park’s large karst formations, which are said to have inspired the scenery of the 2009 film “Avatar”.
Higher up again, South Korea’s tallest restaurant, 123F Lounge, is located on the top floor of Seoul’s Lotte World Tower, 555 meters above the ground. Here’s what it’s like to eat there.
And finally, at 800 meters, the world’s longest outdoor escalator system is located in Hong Kong’s Central Business District. The Central Mid-Levels Staircase is a chain of stairs and moving walkways that intersects 13 busy streets and is built into the hillside. See here

Living in the moment

Three of Edith Lemay and Sebastien Pelletier’s four children have been diagnosed with a rare genetic disease that causes vision loss or deterioration over time. So family is now traveling the world so that children can collect precious “visual memories” for the future.

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Image above: SNCF’s TGV M high-speed train is unveiled at the Alstom plant in La Rochelle, France on September 9. (Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images)