Week in travel: American Airlines expand European connections

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Simpsons’ Kwik-E mart comes to life, while Brussels lets locals rename its streets, and a London bar looks for somebody to travel the world and drink gin

The American flag carrier is to add nine new European routes to its network. From next summer, American Airlines will connect Philadelphia with Berlin-Tegel, Bologna and Dubrovnik. The airline will also launch flights to Munich, Dublin, and London Heathrow.

The carrier is to add nine new European routes to its network next summer — GagliardiImages / Shutterstock Week in travel: American Airlines expand European connectionsAmerican Airlines is to add nine new European routes to its network next summer – GagliardiImages / Shutterstock

“By providing the only non-stop service from North America to Bologna and Dubrovnik and adding Berlin to our international footprint, American is making it easier to see the world,” said Vasu Raja, vice president of network and schedule planning.

“Through our Atlantic Joint Business, we have seen increased interest to these markets from the US, and adjusting our network to introduce these destinations will provide more choices for customers on both sides of the Atlantic.”

American will also add a new non-stop flight from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix to London Heathrow, complementing existing service from Phoenix provided by Atlantic Joint Business partner British Airways. With the addition of the service, American and British Airways together will operate more than 70 flights per day to London from North America.

“We are in the business of making the world more accessible, and with the success of Budapest and Prague, as well as the new flights we’re announcing today, we continue to make the world a little bit smaller for our customers,” said Raja.

“We are pleased to work with our partners at British Airways to design a schedule that complements the full joint business.”

Brussels renames streets after suggestions of locals

This is Not a Street, Better World Path, or Happiness Way. These are just three out of 28 new street names that decorate the Tour & Taxis district of Belgium’s capital Brussels.

Locals were given the option to place their imprint into the former industrial zone by naming the 28 streets, alleys, squares in a competition launched by the city.


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During the contest, the organisers received more than 1,400 name suggestions in total from which a jury of city officials, historians, and the site’s property developer, Extensa, chose the best ideas.

Visitors now can enjoy walking through Place des choukes – chouke, little cabbage, or the Dreams Drive, euphonious Drèves des rêves or Dromendreef. Being a bilingual city, Brussels requires all street names in both French and Dutch.

“For me, it was quite a surprise that there were quite a lot of soft values in the street names that were proposed. I thought it was very moving because we are so used to being so negative about this city,” said Kris Verhellen, chief executive of Extensa.

Apu’s Kwik-E Mart comes to life in South Carolina

“Thank you, come again!” It is now possible to hear this famous quote said by a favourite character from the Simpsons as a lifelike replica of Apu’s Kiwik-E mart was opened in South Carolina.

Designed precisely according to the popular stop shop from the legendary series, the Kwik-E mart now decorates the Broadway in Myrtle Beach.

The project’s creators said it had taken them four years of planning to finalise the attraction adding that the location is the perfect fit.

“Broadway at the Beach is like no other location,” said Mark Cornell, who’s the senior vice president of attractions development for SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment. “It really draws a lot of foot traffic walking around and I really think that it’s the perfect first place. I think the Simpsons would come to Myrtle Beach for a vacation.”

Cornell says the first family in the Kwik-E-Mart was a memorable one that shows the love of the longest-running primetime scripted series on TV.

“A 64-year-old grandmother, her son and daughter-in-law, and their three children,” Cornell said. “They were all sort of arguing about who were stronger fans, but to see three generations walk through the door that all love The Simpsons, how can you say that about anything else?”

London bar will pay gin expert to travel the world

Would you like to travel the world while drinking the best gins the planet has to offer? Now is your chance as a newly opening bar in London has started to look for an expert on the liqueur that could deliver the most exquisite bottles back to Europe.

A bar in London is looking for someone to travel the world and drink gin — Shutterstock Week in travel: American Airlines expand European connectionsA bar in London is looking for someone to travel the world and drink gin — Shutterstock

The bar, called Mr Fogg’s, is inspired after Jules Verne’s famous novel Around the World in 80 Days and aims to reconstruct the journey Phileas Fogg went through.

“To ensure the successful opening of my new bar on The Strand, The Society of Exploration, I require a variety of very important items located around the world, to be collected and hand-delivered to me in London,” the bar says in its description of the offer.  

“Alas, I am far too busy and therefore require one of YOU to retrace my steps and fetch these for me. You will travel on my behalf and at my expense, from Bombay to Hong Kong, Paris to New York, Japan to San Francisco… Although perhaps not in that precise order…”

The owner requires applicants to be over 21 years old and familiar with both the Mr. Fogg’s brand and Around the World in 80 Days. The application is available here until 27 August.

Woody Harrelson to shoot vegan travel documentary series

Vegan actor and producer Woody Harrelson has announced plans to create a travel documentary series that will focus on sustainable and animal products free food.

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The award-winning actor, known from movies such as The People vs. Larry Flint or the series True Detective, will produce the Wicked Healthy World documentary series in partnership with plant-based chefs Derek and Chad Sarno, and Tin Rocket Entertainment.

The title was inspired by the brand Wicked Healthy which started as a recipe blog but eventually developed into a plant-based empire.

In the documentary, Chad and Derek Sarno will serve as hosts, travelling around the world to feature the revolutionaries and leaders of the sustainable food space.

The journeys will include exploration of outstanding and innovative locations, such as indoor mushroom farms in South Korea or edible rooftop gardens in Tel Aviv.

“My brother and I are excited to meet other innovators who share our passion and who have developed solutions to bring about change,” said Chad Sarno.

Harrelson has been vegan for more than 30 years and serves as a loud voice in the sustainable food movement. He even employed Chad Sorno as his personal chef on a number of films.