Daily Briefing 21 Feb 2013

Good Morning! Welcome to our daily briefing for Thursday 21 February 2013.

* There is wintery weather throughout central Europe but nothing serious expected (see below).

* The Bulgarian government resigned yesterday following violent protests, for more click here.

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

Random Daily pic: Lyon. France's second city is reputed to be grim and industrial. Maybe, sometimes, but the miles of old fabric warehouses lining the mighty Rhône are an impressive sight whatever the weather. Lyon is also the culinary capital of France with great transport links. 570 miles from London.

Random Daily Pic: Lyon. France’s second city is reputed to be grim and industrial. Maybe, sometimes, but the miles of old fabric warehouses lining the mighty Rhône are an impressive sight whatever the weather. It’s also the culinary capital of France. Great transport links mean it’s an easy 570 miles from London.

WEATHER

No dangerous weather warnings today but beware of high winds in general. For the latest situation click here. For the weather-where-you-are click here.

The entire central Europe region, particularly Germany, northern France, Austria and northern Italy likely to suffer ice/ snow, low temperatures and high winds.

South west Spain and southern Portugal, storms, high winds and rain.

Winter sports – for the latest BBC forecast click here.

CURRENCY

Figures from end of play Wednesday 20 February. Indicative ‘travel money’ rates from BBC. Guide only.

£1 buys €1.1300 – €1 is 88.5p – €5 is £4.43.

You get slightly fewer Euros per Pound than yesterday, as the day before. For other currencies click here.

CROSSING THE CHANNEL

As of 07:30 GMT, services generally running well. For the latest BBC Ferry Travel News click here.

* The 13:30 TransEuropa Ferries service Ramsgate-Ostend is cancelled due to a technical problem.

* P&O warn about roadworks on the A63 Myton Bridge, Hull.

* Travelling to the Channel ports. See @Burger_Ferry for the latest at Dover. See @trafficM25, @M25_traffic or @TravelNewsSouth for the latest on the roads.

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

Google Maps includes live traffic information on all western European countries.

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