This week's winner: Morocco revisited
Further to Tara Stevens' article 'Making more of Morocco' (November 1), between 2004 and 2007, I lived in Morocco and my drive to work was along the road east from Tangier, a super coastline before the new ports were constructed. I would sit overlooking the project watching the ships and yachts passing, with Gibraltar as a backdrop.
We discovered many interesting places: we loved the town of Chefchaouen, lying in the mountains 60km (37 miles) south of Tétouan. Another site was the Roman ruin of Lixus, which always inspired us to sit in the sun among the ruins and try to imagine how it was, while looking out over the river towards the coast.
Rent a car in April/May, when the flora’s magnificent, and explore the mountain areas in the north. See the Berber women in their striped outfits and large hats. Moroccans are very friendly and you can usually get by in French with an Arabic greeting or two.”
Emailed by Peter Beaumont, who wins two Wizz Air return flights to Budapest
Inconvenienced at St Pancras
Your correspondent David Mackay is quite right about the “majestic St Pancras” (Travel views, November 8), but in defence of Christian Wolmar’s original article on 20 years of Eurostar (Cover story, November 1), the station has not been short of praise since it was opened by the Queen in 2007.
As someone who travels on what was once known as the “Bed Pan line”, I’m a regular user and treat it as a destination to visit in its own right – as indeed is the wonderful new station at Blackfriars, where a visitor could spend a spectacular day’s sightseeing.
But one thing they got wrong with St Pancras is the provision of loos – particularly the ladies’. Time and again I go there and there is always a queue, often stretching on to the concourse. I went on Eurostar to Brussels at the end of October and counted 54 women standing in line. When I pointed out the problem to the station soon after the reopening, it replied saying its calculations on passenger numbers indicated it had enough booths and it referred me to those near the left luggage – but they too are inadequate.
St Pancras, magnificent as it is, needs to address this problem. The gents’, though not often subject to queuing, aren’t that good either.
JP Addenbrooke (Travel views, November 8) is disappointed that journeys to mainland Europe for the rest of the UK (outside London) are going to be less efficient because HS2 is going to Euston rather than St Pancras. Perhaps someone should point out that Euston and St Pancras are less than half a mile apart. A shorter distance than required for many transfers within London termini of the same name.
I read with interest the articles about Eurostar (Cover story, November 1), which brought back some very happy memories of my first, and so far only, journey on it.
On September 21 2008 I, together with five friends, were en route for a reunion in Bruges travelling via Lille. After the excitement of meeting up, settling ourselves, we were soon speeding through Kent. Just before we entered the Tunnel my husband phoned to say that our first grandchild had been born. I asked if it was a boy or girl but the answer was lost as there was no signal! So it wasn’t until we were in France that the contact was re-established and I found out that we had a lovely granddaughter, Alicia. There was much rejoicing in the carriage and a cheer from fellow passengers as we opened a bottle of champagne. How special to be able to toast the new arrival in the company of friends made in 1960 when we all started a nursing career at Guy’s Hospital. What a start to our weekend.
PS: I still have the champagne cork!
Two bags good
I applaud Ryanair (Travel news, November 8) for allowing each passenger to take two bags into the cabin – every girl needs her handbag in addition to a carry-on bag – but to avoid a problem with insufficient room in the overhead lockers, would it not be a good idea to stipulate that one of the bags should be small enough to go under the seat in front? I appreciate this would not apply to those passengers sitting by an exit but it would certainly go some way to alleviating the current problem.
Airbridges for disabled
Regarding your item on wheelchair travel (“Have wheelchair, will travel”, November 8), isn’t it about time that all airlines be forced to use airbridges at airports or – at the very least – tell people in advance that they are not using them as a matter of policy? EasyJet regularly make passengers at Seville walk across the tarmac to board with no concessions to people who cannot use the steps. This autumn I saw an elderly woman manhandled up the steps by two airport assistants. It took ages, it looked precarious and it was degrading for the poor woman.
New York shopping
Shopping in New York can be very rewarding (“In the bag”, November 8). Macy’s of course stocks designer names and everyday brands and has regular sales allied to a 10 per cent discount card available to all visitors. If you’re looking for a men’s shoe shop go to any branch of Allen Edmonds. The shoes may cost more but they last a lifetime and come in myriad fittings.
Win flights to Vilnius
Telegraph Travel readers have the chance to win a pair of return flights from Britain to Vilnius on Wizz Air, a low-cost airline offering 11 flights a week from Luton and two a week from Doncaster/Sheffield, with fares starting at £29.99 (one way, including all taxes, non-optional charges and one small cabin bag).
With its wonderfully atmospheric cobbled streets and medieval old town that blends elements of baroque, gothic, Renaissance and Soviet/Russian, the Lithuanian capital combines an intriguing history with a lively bar and club scene, making, it one of the most visited of the Baltic capitals.
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