My son Jackson joined the family’s overseas adventures on Thanksgiving number two to the day. He was born Thanksgiving Day our second year living in Waterford, Ireland.
That Thanksgiving, we were otherwise occupied. However, every other year that my husband Lief and I have been Americans abroad, we’ve celebrated as traditional a Thanksgiving as possible. The effort has helped to keep us connected to our roots as we’ve moved around the world.
There have been hiccups.
When we arrived in Waterford, it wasn’t possible to buy a frozen turkey. I discovered this the hard way by asking at every market in town. My inquiries met with blank stares. Finally, I sought advice from a local friend.
“I understand that you don’t have Thanksgiving here in Ireland,” I said, “but you do eat turkey, don’t you? Where do you get them?”
“You raise them,” Gerri replied as though speaking to a child.
By the time we left Ireland, seven years later, you could shop for a turkey in the big supermarkets that opened while we were Waterford residents. However, those early years, the birds had to be home-grown.
Our first Thanksgiving in Waterford, therefore, Gerri introduced me to a farmer friend of hers who’d offered to oblige my turkey agenda. We could have paid him to pluck the bird for us, but Gerri suggested I take this chance I might not have again to do the honors myself. She said she’d help. The cold and misty Saturday morning before Thanksgiving Gerri met me in her farmer friend’s drafty barn. My just dead turkey was laid unceremoniously on the plank table before us. I followed Gerri’s lead, grabbing it by the neck then yanking at the feathers, and can tell you that a turkey is not easily parted from its plumage.
From Ireland my family and I moved to Paris where preparing an authentic Thanksgiving dinner was possible thanks to the boutique epicerie in the city’s 4th arrondissement that shared the holiday’s name. Each of our four years in the City of Light, my two children and I set out early the Saturday before turkey day for the hour-long stroll along the Seine from our apartment in the 7th to the place we counted on for Thanksgiving feast essentials.
Going was a joy, chattering with my children as we meandered, pausing to look in the windows of antique shops, art galleries, bookstores, and boutiques. We’d take the Pont Neuf across the Île de la Cité to the other side of the river, stopping to rest on the white stone bench at the center of the bridge to survey the scene before carrying on to our destination on rue Saint Paul.
For the return trip, we moved more purposefully for we were loaded down with sacks of American specialty items we indulged in at this time of year only. In
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The top U.S. airlines and airports improved upon their Thanksgiving on-time performance this year compared to 2022.According to the latest analysis from leading global travel data provider OAG, the on-time performance of major U.S. airlines improved by one percentage point over last year's holiday, reaching 85.7 percent.OAG examined the on-time performance of all airports and airlines on Thanksgiving Eve (November 22), which is one of the busiest travel days of the year. In 2023, airlines and airports overcame not only crowds but weather disruptions to improve upon last year.According to OAG, nearly 18,400 flights arrived on time—within 15 minutes of the scheduled time—among the major U.S. carriers on November 22. Two airlines—Delta Air Lines (91.5 percent) and United Airlines (90.5 percent)—even achieved over 90 percent on-time performance across their domestic networks.Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines also saw improvements over last year, with on-time performance rates of 89.4 percent and 89.3 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, fifth-ranked Southwest Airlines reported a dip from 88.5 percent in 2022 to 86.9 percent in 2023.American Airlines (84.4 percent), Allegiant Air (84.2 percent), Frontier Airlines (76.2 percent) and Breeze Airways (62.3 percent) all improved upon last year while Sun Country Airlines (84.8 percent), JetBlue (64.8 percent), Spirit Airlines (61.7 percent) and Cape Air (33 percent) all lost ground compared to Thanksgiving Eve 2022.
A sweeping storm system is impacting much of the United States on this, the final day of the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend. Nearly 14 million people found themselves under various winter weather alerts on Sunday, according to The New York Times.
Nearly 14 million people were under various winter weather alerts on Sunday as a post-Thanksgiving snowstorm moved over the Rockies and Central Plains and travelers trekked home after the holiday, forecasters said.
Turkish celebrity chef and entrepreneur Nusret Gökçe is breaking records again by opening his first Saltbae Burger restaurant at Istanbul International Airport (also referred to as Istanbul Grand Airport). Opened this past week with seating for nearly 200 people, it becomes one of the largest restaurants at the airport. The new outlet is just one part of a master strategy to grow the brand, a disrupter in the fast-casual burger category, internationally. Around 40 new locations are in the works, including about ten in major global airports.
Authorities suspended international flights at one airport and closed four bridges between the U.S. and Canada in the Niagara Falls area following an incident where a vehicle crashed and exploded on impact on the Rainbow Bridge.
Gas prices are plunging as record crowds hit the skies and the roads for Thanksgiving. According to AAA, the national average for the price of a gallon of gas is now down to $3.28. The price in August hit $3.87 a gallon.
Severe weather moving across the eastern half of the United States on Tuesday appeared likely to disrupt the busiest travel period of the year, with more than 55 million people expected to travel by bus, train or plane before the Thanksgiving holiday.
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