Daily Briefing 20 Feb 2013

Good Morning! Welcome to our daily briefing for Wednesday 20 February 2013.

Avoid the Polish Baltic coast today.

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

Seasoned foreign city drivers that we are we came a serious cropper in Belgrade. It wasn't the one-way system, heavy traffic or machine gun toting police on every street corner (they were very helpful actually), it was the Cyrillic alphabet... Even holding the map up next tot he street signs was hopeless, what with varying fonts and upper and lower cases. We were just about togive up and go to Budapest when Google Maps came to the rescue. Minutes later we were outside the grand (but good value) Hotel Moskva. We laugh about it now.

Daily pic: Seasoned foreign city drivers that we are, we came a serious cropper in Belgrade, Serbia. It wasn’t the one-way system, heavy traffic or machine gun toting police on every street corner (they were very helpful actually). It was the exclusive use of the Cyrillic alphabet… Even holding the map up next to the street signs was hopeless what with varying fonts and upper and lower cases. We were just about to give up and go to Budapest when Google Maps came to the rescue. Easy. We laugh about it now.

WEATHER

A Dangerous Weather Warning for the Polish Baltic coast, otherwise milder weather than yesterday. For the latest click here. For the weather-where-you-are click here.

Warning: Polish Baltic Coast, very high winds with snow and ice.

Also, high winds and ice/snow throughout Germany, Austria and parts of Slovakia.

High winds in northern Norway and Sweden.

Storms in south west Spain and northern Italy.

Winter sports – still good. For the latest click here.

CURRENCY

Figures from end of play Tuesday 19 February. Indicative ‘travel money’ rates from BBC. Guide only.

£1 buys €1.1340 – €1 is 88p – €5 is £4.40.

You get slightly fewer Euros per Pound than yesterday. For other currencies click here.

CROSSING THE CHANNEL

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

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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