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(CNN) – Are you all excited for a third year of the pandemic? We neither. But as restrictions tighten around the world, CNN Travel has found solace in the world’s biggest cocktail bars and Europe’s finest cheeses.
Here are the latest travel developments you need to know about the past seven days.
Omicron Still Complicates Travel As The Holidays Approach
Since the world heard about Omicron in late November, travel restrictions have changed by the minute. With the arrival of new medical information, travelers are faced with a complicated landscape for vacations. We have expert advice from US doctors on whether the new variant should feature in vacation travel plans and holiday gatherings.
If you’ve got international travel coming up and want to know what it’s all about, CNN Travel has 35 regularly updated destination guides on our Unlocking the World page, covering Covid rules everywhere, from Antarctica to Uruguay. Just click on the banner at the top of any of our Unlocking the World articles to dive into it.
France entered the CDC’s highest risk category for travel this week.
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Each week, many of these destinations move up and down the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel risk list. France, the first tourist destination in the world before the pandemic, moved to the highest risk category Monday. It is one of seven destinations that have joined the “very high” risk this week.
Passenger jumped from jet while another crew assaulted
It was another week of disruptive incidents for US airlines and airports. On December 4, a 30-year-old man jumped out of a plane while driving at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Then, on December 8, a man who told the police he wanted steal a jet so it can fly to area 51 to Watch Aliens was arrested after he used a limousine to walk through the fences of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, parked on an airplane ramp and issued a bomb threat. The following night, a Delta flight from Washington, DC to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Oklahoma City after a passenger allegedly assaulted two people.
No wonder people are looking for alternative, perhaps less stressful means of transportation.
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There are a lot of cool new high speed trains
As the world grapples with climate change, short-haul flights seem less and less attractive to many travelers. For intercity or international journeys of up to 700 kilometers (345 miles), the high-speed train seeks to be the most efficient alternative, and nowadays trains can reach speeds of up to 290 km / h. (180 mph) or more.
China is the world leader in the field, but Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium and England are expanding the European network and other countries are expected to follow suit by the 2030s.
CNN’s Ben Jones has put together this roundup of where you can travel on the world’s fastest trains in 2022.
London has the best bars in the world
For the second year in a row, London’s Connaught Bar, located at the 124-year-old Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, was named the world’s best bar. This is thanks to its elegant Cubist-inspired setting, five-star hospitality and a cocktail offering that includes a Martini cart where personalized drinks are prepared at the table.
If contemporary industrial chic is more your thing, Tayēr + Elementary, across town on Old Street in East London, specializes in bottled cocktails and is # 2 on the annual The 50 best bars in the world listing.
And Europe has incredible cheeses
We will never know the identity of the old glutton of yesteryear who realized that when bacteria curdle the milk, the results are delicious after a while. We – or at least the lactose tolerant among us – owe him a huge favor. In honor of this pioneer in love with dairy products, CNN Travel this week put together a list of delicious cheeses.
Total eclipse over Antarctica
The solar eclipse brought a few minutes of total darkness to the continent which generally experiences daylight during its summer season.
A complete solar eclipse has brought a few minutes of total darkness to Antarctica, which typically experiences 24/7 daylight during its summer.
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CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Caroll Alvarado, Julia Buckley, Alaa Elassar, Jack Guy, Ben Jones, Sharif Paget, Teodora Preda, Francesca Street, Mohammed Tawfeeq and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.