with tourists, but is well liked by the locals. It has some easily managed locks between the townships of Montauban and Agen. In regard to the locks, each one is unique and most have a lock-keeper’s cottage, so use your VHF communication and call them a couple of kilometres out from arrival. I recommend either May or September as the ideal time to go for the mild weather, better pricing and quieter in general. French Waterways (french-waterways.com) is a great place to start your planning.
QI am 80 years old and will be travelling alone to the UK in August. My outward flight involves a nine-hour stopover in Dubai, where I arrive at terminal three and depart from terminal one. I am nervous about getting lost. I would like to go straight to the departure terminal if possible and wait there. I understand that there is a lounge I can stay in, for a fee, but don’t know in which terminal it is situated or how to book.
AAlthough large, Dubai airport is incredibly user friendly. Transferring between terminals is done by a 24-hour shuttle bus and terminal three where you arrive has three dedicated transfer desks to assist passengers. One option for you is to notify Qantas that you will need help. Airlines can provide what is called a Special Assist service to elderly or other passengers who need help getting through airports. They can arrange for you to be met on arrival and provided with buggy transport to your next gate. Nine hours is a long layover, so investing in the comforts of a lounge is a good idea. Terminal one offers two quiet lounges for passengers to use with reclining chairs to nap in, but there’s always the risk the seats are taken. An alternative is the Ahlan Lounge (ahlan-dia.com). Here they provide