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Aer Lin­gus has added to its list of North Amer­i­can des­ti­na­tions with the sum­mer of 2019 see­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of di­rect flights from Dublin to Min­neapo­lis St Paul and Mon­treal, which is one of Hot Travel’s favourite places to watch ice hockey (come on you Cana­di­ens!) and munch pou­tine, the waist­line-threat­en­ing French Fries, cheese curd and brown gravy combo that’s tra­di­tion­ally con­sumed af­ter a tanker­load of Le Che­val Blanc beer.

Be ad­vised that the French word for ‘slut’ is poutain, so be care­ful with your drunken pro­noun­ci­a­tion. aer­lin­

Get­ting from Dublin-Lis­bon will hope­fully be­come even cheaper next April with TAP’s dou­ble-daily ser­vice to and from the Por­tuguese cap­i­tal pro­vid­ing Ryanair and Aer Lin­gus with some stiff com­pe­ti­tion.

We’re over­due a visit to stock up on Pastéis de Nata, the flaky cus­tard tarts that ac­com­pany every lo­cal’s mid-morn­ing cup of cof­fee. fly­

Things are set to be­come even busier at Cork Air­port with Ryanair com­menc­ing Lu­ton flights this month; a twice-weekly Poz­nan ser­vice next March; and over-and-backs to Bu­dapest in April. Mean­while, fears of widespread dis­rup­tion to Ital­ian flights has been averted thanks to Michael O’Leary & Co. strik­ing a new deal with cabin crew there.

If you’re Detroit-bound, make sure to check out the Aretha Franklin ex­hi­bi­tion, Think, which is run­ning at the bril­liant Charles H. Wright Mu­seum of African Amer­i­can His­tory un­til Jan­uary 21, which hap­pens to be Martin Luther King Day.

Thirty-three thou­sand mourn­ers poured through the mu­seum’s doors on Au­gust 16 when the ex­hi­bi­tion opened early in re­sponse to the Queen of Soul’s death.

It’s the pre­lude to a larger, per­ma­nent trib­ute due in early 2020.

Af­ter its 1970s car man­u­fac­tur­ing de­cline, the Mo­tor City was a deso­late and some­times dan­ger­ous place to visit, but is now re­gen­er­at­ing at a fu­ri­ous pace with the Hitsville USA Mo­town Mu­seum an­other mu­si­cal must-visit.

Game Of Thrones fans will be able to visit the lo­ca­tions used for Win­ter­fell, Cas­tle Black and Kings Land­ing as part of a North­ern Irish ‘legacy’ project an­nounced last week by HBO who will also be of­fer­ing guided tours of their Linen Mill Stu­dios pro­duc­tion HQ at some point in 2019.

A fully func­tional 24 feet tall bong is the cen­tre­piece of the Cannabi­na­tion Cannabis Mu­seum, which has just opened in Las Ve­gas. They’ve also man­aged to track down the fa­mous Red Shark Chevro­let Caprice, which ac­com­pa­nied Hunter S. Thomp­son on his Fear And Loathing… odyssey.

Mon­treal: now among Aer Lin­gus’s North Amer­i­can des­ti­na­tions

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