Daily Briefing 19 Feb 2013

Good Morning! Welcome to our daily briefing for Tuesday 19 February 2013.

We don’t want to speak too soon but it’s looking like another great day folks, only minor disruptions.

For the latest and breaking news please see our Twitter feed @DriveEurope, see right.

Random picture: 6:35am, the east bank of Lake Lucerne near Altdorf, Switzerland, 23 May 2012. The only hotel room left was a €560 junior suite at the Schweizerhof thanks to the World Rowing Championships. So that meant a night in the car, albeit parked beside the lake, and a very early start to avoid awkward encounters with the local police. It can never, ever fill the hole left by the 911 but our Audi A4 Avant, as intended, makes a reasonably comfortable place to sleep.

Random picture: 6:35am, the east bank of Lake Lucerne near Altdorf, Switzerland, 23 May 2012. The only hotel room left was a €560 junior suite at the Schweizerhof thanks to the World Rowing Championships. So that meant a night in the car, albeit parked beside the lake, and a very early start to avoid awkward encounters with the local police.
It can never, ever fill the hole left by the 911 but our Audi A4 Avant, as intended, makes a decent place to sleep. Amazing car though the 911 is, it will never, ever be somewhere you want to spend the night.

WEATHER

No severe weather warnings in Europe for today. For the latest click here. For the weather-where-you-are click here.

Snow, ice, low temperatures and high winds will affect most parts of Germany, northern Poland and the eastern Baltic region.

Heavy rain and storms likely in south west Spain, southern Italy and Greece.

Winter sports – predictions of ideal skiing weather are being born out on the slopes. For the latest click here.

CURRENCY

Figures from Monday 18 February, indicative ‘travel money’ rates from BBC. Guide only.

£1 buys €1.1350 – €1 is 88p – €5 is £4.40. The rate is unchanged from yesterday.

For other currencies click here.

CROSSING THE CHANNEL

As of 08:30 GMT, most services running normally. For the latest BBC Ferry Travel News click here.

The 13:30 Transeuropa Ferries Ramsgate-Ostend has been cancelled due to a technical problem.

For the latest updates by operator click links below:

P&OCondor FerriesBrittany FerriesTranseuropa FerriesEurotunnel – Stena Line

DFDS – Dover StraitWestern ChannelNorth Sea

TRAFFIC

For live traffic information in the following countries click the links below:

AustriaBelgiumFranceGermanyNetherlandsSwitzerland

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