Global Village: Beyonce loves Paris in the Fall
Beyonce recently enjoyed a break in Paris with husband Jay Z and their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy. And in spite of recent split rumours, Beyonce, below right, and Jay Z looked happy in the holiday snaps they posted online from their sojourn in the French capital.
November is the official Month of Photography in Paris, and there's a ton of exhibits to choose from throughout the city. The hub of the activity is in the Marais at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie.
On a separate note (sorry) there'll be classical music concerts at the Sainte-Chapelle and La Madeleine. And powerful opera performances of Puccini's Tosca and Rossini's Barber of Seville are planned for the spectacular Opera de la Bastille. Tickets are selling fast for both so opera lovers should be sure to book soon before they're all gone. The average daytime temperature is Paris in November is 7 degrees Celsius, and you should always pack a brolly.
Prepare for 50 Paddington Bears
Fifty statues of Paddington Bear are to be placed throughout London, near museums, shops, parks and landmarks, as part of a new walking trail in Britain's capital called The Paddington Trail.
The 3ft 6in statues will be launched before the release of the film Paddington and have been designed by the various stars of the movie, including Ben Whishaw (the voice of Paddington), Nicole Kidman (Millicent), Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi (Mr Curry), Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville (Mr Brown) and Julie Walters (Mrs Bird - the nanny for The Browns).
The Paddington Trail will run between November 4 and December 30, and you may as well go see Paddington the movie while you're there.
Nina sees the moon in Timbuktu
Nina Sovich was an American journalist living in Paris with her French husband when she felt the urge to travel across West Africa. This she put down to growing up the daughter of a Swedish mother who escaped her suburban Connecticut life by constantly taking to the road for trips around Europe.
Nina was also inspired by female explorers such as Mary Kingsley, who explored Gabon's jungle in the 1890s, and Karen Blixen, who ran a farm in Kenya during World War I.
Sovich trekked through Western Sahara on her own, visiting Mali, Mauritania and Niger, a journey she recounts in her memoir, To The Moon and Timbuktu: A Trek Through the Heart of Africa.
Published by New Harvest.
Airport check-in picks up speed
Irish CityJet passengers can enjoy reduced check-in times at London City Airport following the airline introducing the Sonic 'phase 5' Self Bag Tag system at the airport.
Check-in time has been reduced from a couple of minutes to just 50 seconds.
After checking in online or at the airport kiosk, passengers can weigh their bags and use their boarding pass at the Self Bag Tag kiosk to generate a label for their bag.
They'll be directed to the bag drop zone where they can transfer the luggage themselves. Christine Ourmieres, above, CEO of CityJet, believes the new system simplifies checking in.