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Busiest Travel Day for UK Predicted

The busiest winter day in history for UK travelers is forecast for Friday 22 December.

All the big British airports are expecting their busiest-ever Christmas and New Year. But on the railways, the festive season is complicated by no fewer than 10 strikes planned up to the end of the year.

Europe’s busiest airport, Heathrow, is expecting almost a quarter of a million people to pass through on 22 December, with 130,000 departing – a rate of almost two per second during the airport’s opening hours.

Passport control at Heathrow will be most stretched on Tuesday 2 January, with 127,000 arrivals.

At Gatwick, the outbound crowds will be also biggest on Friday 22 December, with almost 67,000 passengers expected to jet off from the airport – equivalent to 46 per minute, around the clock.

Manchester airport will be extremely busy on both of next two Fridays: 22 and 29 December. Top destinations include Dublin, Dubai and Amsterdam. But the airport, Britain’s third busiest, has received criticism for its security queues.


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Jody Visits Christmas

Yes, my friends, there is a town named Christmas! It is Christmas, Michigan, an unincorporated area having a couple of motels, resorts, lakeside cottages, a casino and restaurant. It is also home to the Christmas Mall and the world’s largest Santa.

The Christmas themed village was given its name by an enterprising man in 1938. He started a roadside factory to make holiday gift items. Unfortunately, the factory burned soon after opening, but the name and the giant roadside Santa that inspired it all, still survives to this day.

If you are into gambling, the newest attraction is the Kewadin Casino (owned by the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), located on the main drag – Highway M-28. Right next door is an all-new 40 room Paradise Inn Motel. Christmas Michigan is also home to the Christmas Michigan Paradise Cottage Rental – cozy vacation cottages located on the shoreline of Lake Superior.

Michigan is full of towns with interesting names – most of them just dots on the map. They are all great places that should not be over-looked during your travels in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in summer or winter.

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Jody Goes To Belmont County

In Belmont County, Ohio there are so many possibilities to discover. It is located in Southeastern Ohio nestled in between rolling hills, along the Ohio River. It is just 8 minutes from Wheeling, West Virginia, 70 minutes from Pittsburgh, and 120 minutes from Columbus.

This time of year the best attraction is the Belmont City Victorian Mansion. Beautifully decorated for Christmas, this 26-room mansion is elegant in Victorian detail and furnishings. There are several steps between the three upper floors and the basement (no elevator). The third floor is a ballroom where festive New Year’s Eve celebrations have taken place.

In warmer weather, there are many outside attractions such as: the Dickinson Cattle Co. that has Texas Longhorn Cattle roaming the land, Watt Center for History & The Arts, The Underground Railroad Museum, Sedgwick House Museum, and National Imperial Glass Museum.

The 1828 Blaine Bridge (Blaine) has the distinction of being “the Ohio Bicentennial Bridge”, Ohio’s oldest documented bridge. It is located along Historic national Road in Blaine under the Route 40 viaduct.

Belmont County is the only county in the state with a total of three official Ohio Byways: the Drovers’ Trail along Ohio 147 and 800, Historic National Road/US 40, and the Ohio River Scenic Byway along Ohio 7.