Pilot pulls off incredible sideways landing

(CNN) — Ever been in an airplane that’s landed sideways? Probably not given that it’s a very tricky maneuver to pull off. That didn’t stop a TUI Boeing 757-200 make an incredible dramatic landing at Bristol Airport, in the UK, last week. Storm Callum brought challenging high winds and stormy weather to parts of Britain last week — so the aircraft’s skilled pilot, Captain Brenda Riepsaame Wassink, had to go

What to do, see and eat in St. Kitts

St Kitts, West Indies (CNN) — “If your name is James, you go by Jim. If your name is Christopher, you go by Kit.” That’s how calypso singer Socrates explains the name of his island, St. Kitts. Technically, the island’s proper name is St. Christopher. But many tourists who arrive are confused, thinking they might have ended up in the wrong place. Related content World’s 50 best beach bars Unfortunately

Sagrada Familia gets Barcelona permit, 136 years late

(CNN) — After more than a century of illegal construction work, Barcelona’s towering Sagrada Familia church has finally agreed to make things right with the city council. Under the terms of a historic deal, church trustees will be able to get the permits they need in return for payments totaling €36 million ($41 million) over the next decade. The money will be used to fund projects designed to mitigate the

Road tripping through West Texas is full of unusual surprises

Texas (CNN) — Lonely. Flat. Hot. If that’s what comes to mind when you think about West Texas travel, think again. Lonely? That means uncrowded roads. Flat? The better to view the region’s many mountains rising from the Chihuahuan Desert floor. Hot? OK, yes, in summer. This is Texas after all, but you’ll find temperate weather in spring and fall. (Winter is another matter. From November to March, freezing temperatures

You can now rent Madonna’s luxury London home

(CNN) — Just like a prayer, you know she’ll take you there — if “there” is London, that is. Megastar Madonna’s swanky former home in the British capital is currently on the market as a luxury vacation rental. It’s an expansive, expensive pad in a traditional Georgian mews house. Located in the city’s upmarket South Kensington neighborhood, Madonna once shared this space with ex-husband movie director Guy Richie. The couple

Why are women chefs treated differently?

(CNN) — In his critique of the 2018 results of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, the late Jonathan Gold, food critic for the Los Angeles Times, referred to the World’s Best Female Chef category as an “unlovable honor.” The award handed out annually at the fine dining world’s equivalent of the Oscars — this year’s, held in Bilbao, Spain, crowned London-based Clare Smyth — is ostensibly aimed at celebrating

What to do at the Sydney Opera House

(CNN) — Since its inauguration on October 20, 1973, the iconic Sydney Opera House has been the centerpiece of the Sydney Harbour, drawing some 8.2 million visitors every year. But there’s much more to Australia’s top tourist attraction than just a show-stopping facade. From its complicated construction to popular bars and restaurants, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of surprises. Travelers can make the most of their visit with

This airline wants to help you meditate at 30,000 feet

(CNN) — Take a deep breath at 23,000 feet, and breath out turbulence. Or at least your fear of turbulence. That’s the goal of Virgin Australia, which is introducing meditation as part of its focus on well-being for travelers who are stressed out by flying. “Integrating mindfulness into our everyday lives is just as important as eating well and exercising regularly, and I am so excited to see Virgin Australia

15 airlines that no longer exist

(CNN) — In the little more than 100 years of commercial air travel, thousands of airlines have come and gone as casualties of oil prices, politics, mismanagement or financial loss. The abrupt collapse of Nordic low-cost carrier Primera Air, which stranded travelers on both sides of the Atlantic when flights ceased on October 2, is yet another casualty of the notoriously fickle industry. Some closures are more memorable than others,

Own a French chateau for less than $60

(CNN) — Ever dreamed of owning a fairy-tale castle in the French countryside? Now you can — and it’ll set you back a mere $58. A crowdfunding project to restore the medieval French chateau of Ebaupinay, in the Deux-Sevres region of western France, is offering shares in the crumbling landmark in exchange for funds to help rebuilt it. Organized by startup and restoration association Adopte un chateau, the project