Daily Briefing 27 Feb 2013

Good Morning! Welcome to our daily briefing for Wednesday 27 February 2013.

* No Dangerous Weather Warnings today.

* Potentially Dangerous weather Spain/ Portugal and Norway.

For breaking news please see our Twitter feed @DriveEurope.

OUR MAN IN ISTANBUL: ‘Ferry (and road) trips evocative… more sense of travel, geography and people than flying,’ tweeted Leigh Turner yesterday.The Consul-General at the British Embassy in Istanbul was off to Ìzmìr, for meetings about Expo 2020. The first part of the journey is by ferry across the Sea of Marmara to Yalova on an IDO ship. IDO is part-owned by Stagecoach, the Scottish public transport operator.  The crossing takes 1h15 from Yenikapi on the European side, or one hour from Pendik on the Asian side. One way for two+car costs about £15. The IDO website - www.ido.com.tr - is also in English. With 53 ships and 35 terminals, IDO describes itself as one of the largest ferry companies in the world. Istanbul is 1,550 miles from London. Photo © Twitter/ Leigh Turner - @LeighTurnerFCO

OUR MAN IN ISTANBUL, Part One: ‘Ferry (and road) trips evocative… more sense of travel, geography and people than flying,’ tweeted Leigh Turner yesterday. The Consul-General at the British Embassy in Istanbul was off to Ìzmìr, for meetings about the Expo 2020 World Fair.
The first part of the journey is across the Sea of Marmara to Yalova on an IDO ferry. IDO is part-owned by Stagecoach, the Scottish public transport operator.
The crossing takes 1h15 from Yenikapi on the European side, or one hour from Pendik on the Asian side. One way for two+car costs about £15.
The IDO website – http://www.ido.com.tr – is also in English. With 53 ships and 35 terminals, IDO describes itself as one of the largest ferry companies in the world. Istanbul is 1,550 miles from London. Photo © Twitter/ Leigh Turner – @LeighTurnerFCO

WEATHER

Potentially Dangerous Weather

North east Portugal across border into Spain – low temperatures, ice/ snow.

Lleida, north east Spain, Pyrenees foothills, extreme low temperatures this morning.

Avalanche warning in Nordland, central Norway, plus high winds and heavy rain.

For the latest click here. For the weather-where-you-are click here.

Winter sports – for the latest BBC forecast click here.

ÌZMÌR - The second leg of the trip from Istanbul is a 5h30m, 250 mile cross country road trip. Only 20 miles is on motorway.Previously known as Smyrna, Turkey’s third city sits at the head of the Gulf of Ìzmìr on the Mediterranean ‘the most western part of the east’. It has an 8,500 year history. Ìzmìr is one of two European candidates for the Expo 2020 World Fair (the other being Yekaterinburg, Russia). It would be Turkey’s first time hosting Expo. Ìzmìr’s theme is health. As we write it’s a cloudy 13°C. Photo © Twitter/ Leigh Turner - @LeighTurnerFCO

ÌZMÌR, Part Two: The second leg of the trip from Istanbul is a 5h30m, 250 mile cross country road trip. Only 20 miles is on motorway.
Previously known as Smyrna, Turkey’s third city sits at the head of the Gulf of Ìzmìr on the Mediterranean, ‘the most western part of the east’. It has an 8,500 year history.
Ìzmìr is one of two European candidates for the Expo 2020 World Fair (the other being Yekaterinburg, Russia). It would be Turkey’s first time hosting Expo. Ìzmìr’s theme is health. As we write it’s a cloudy 13°C. Photo © Twitter/ Leigh Turner – @LeighTurnerFCO

CURRENCY

Figures from end of play Monday 25 February. Indicative ‘travel money’ rates from BBC. Guide only.

£1 buys €1.1190 – €1 is 89.4p – €5 is £4.47.

For other currencies click here.

MURMANSK-ST PETERSBURG - ‘Ergens langs weg uit Moermansk (somewhere along the road from Murmansk),’ tweeted Erik van Dijk yesterday.The Dutch traffic and transport engineer - and DriveEurope twitter follower - from near Utrecht, is on his way to St Petersburg. As we write it’s a relatively mild -7°C in Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. It’s quite a journey, 845 miles on the M18, only 15 miles is motorway. M18 is part of European route E105, from Kirkenes, Norway, ultimately to Yalta, Ukraine. On this stretch the landscape runs from treeless half-tundra to birch forest. From Murmansk, the M18 runs south along the White Sea, an inlet of the Barent’s Sea, then cuts down between Europe’s two biggest lakes, Ladoga and Onega, before approaching St Petersburg from the east. St Petersburg is 1,700 land miles from London. Photo: © Twitter/ Erik van Dijk - @EDijk_nl

MURMANSK-ST PETERSBURG – ‘Ergens langs weg uit Moermansk (somewhere along the road from Murmansk),’ tweeted Erik van Dijk yesterday. The Dutch traffic and transport engineer – and DriveEurope twitter follower – from near Utrecht, is on his way to St Petersburg. As we write it’s a relatively mild -7°C in Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle.
It’s quite a journey, 845 miles on the M18, only 15 miles is motorway. M18 is part of European route E105, from Kirkenes, Norway, ultimately to Yalta, Ukraine. On this stretch the landscape runs from treeless half-tundra to birch forest, running south along the White Sea, an inlet of the Barent’s Sea, then cutting down between Europe’s two biggest lakes, Ladoga and Onega. It approaches St Petersburg from the east. St Petersburg is 1,700 land miles from London. Photo: © Twitter/ Erik van Dijk – @EDijk_nl

CROSSING THE CHANNEL

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

* Passengers on TransEuropa Ferries Ramsgate-Ostend should phone 01843 595522 for a sailing update. A technical problem has been affecting services.

* Travelling to the Channel ports? See @Burger_Ferry for the latest at Dover. See @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

The Automobile Club of Luxembourg provides a run down of planned major traffic events here (French only).

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

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