Travel News: Britain bids farewell to its globe-trotting Queen

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(CNN) – This week in travel news, a new high-speed train is unveiled in Europe, an RAF aircraft carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin set a new record for flight tracking and a Canadian family are is collecting “visual memories” around the world before three of the children lost their sight.

The United Kingdom mourns Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II visited more than 120 countries during his 70-year reign: he saw regimes change, states form and fall, the end of the British Empire and the rise of globalization. Here are some of her most memorable trips around the world.
And even now, she’s still setting travel records: the plane carrying her coffin from Edinburgh to London on September 13 became the most tracked ever on aviation website Flightradar24.
Many tributes to Queen Elizabeth are to be expected in the coming weeks and months, but one of the earliest aviation-related honors came from France: the small seaside airport Le Touquet-Paris-Plage was renamed after the late queen.

Trains and planes

In the US, Amtrak canceled long-distance rail routes ahead of a proposed freight rail strike, which – at the time of writing – had is prevented after a transaction is concluded. Then on Friday, hundreds of European flights were affected by an air traffic control strike. Disruption is also expected on Monday as London’s Heathrow Airport said some flights would be canceled or delayed to keep the airspace quiet during events to mark the Queen’s funeral.
And in Asia, cafes on Hanoi’s popular “train street” – where trains rumble along tracks just a stone’s throw from homes and businesses – have been ordered to close by September 17, with shopkeepers reportedly given just a few days’ notice.

Life in the skies of the USA

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

A retired nurse helped save a baby who had stopped breathing on a Spirit Airlines flight between Pittsburgh and Orlando. Tamara Panzino was able to resuscitate the 3-month-old and says that after a few minutes, she knew that “we are free at home.”
Not every passenger was so helpful. A New York woman was recently sentenced to four months in jail after she and her co-defendant engaged in “unruly and intimidating behavior” on a February 2021 American Airlines flight from Dallas to Los Angeles.

Asian record holders

Located in one of China’s national parks, the 326-meter tall Bailong Glass Elevator is believed by many to have inspired the sets 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 towering karst formations, which are said to have inspired the sets of the 2009 film Avatar.
Up again, the highest restaurant in South Korea, 123F Lounge, is located on the top floor of the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, 555 meters above the ground. Here’s what it’s like to eat there.
Finally, at 800 meters, the world’s longest outdoor escalator system is located in Hong Kong’s central business district. The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator is a chain of moving stairs and walkways that crosses 13 busy streets and is built on a hillside. Watch here.

Live for the Moment

Three of Edith Lemay and Sébastien Pelletier’s four children have been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that causes vision loss or deterioration over time. So the family now travels the world for children to collect precious “visual memories” for the future.

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Top image: 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)

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