London Tube closures for weekend of 19-20 July 2014

Apologies once again for not bothering to post last weekend’s tube closures. I’m planning to add the TfL website to my blog’s HOT LINKS! list on the right-hand side of the screen, assuming I can set it up so the most important info is included that way. This will mean my blog posts won’t be endlessly cluttered with London Tube notes. That probably means I’ll have to start writing my own travel posts again. Uh-oh.

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Not much on, thankfully.

Metropolitan line - Wembley Park to Northwood and Uxbridge

Piccadilly line - Rayners Lane to Uxbridge (not part of the line out to Heathrow)

London Overground - Sunday only - Clapham Junction to Kensington (Olympia) and Camden Road to Willesden Junction via West Hampstead. The stretch between Sydenham and West Croydon opens late on Sunday – 9.15.

TfL has updated the info on the Hammersmith flyover work –  “… work is ahead of schedule … weekend closures are no longer required on the westbound carriageway. Any additional work will be done overnight. Yahoo!

Bus schedules and road use - Click here for road works, traffic snarls and road-closing events.

Road issues this w/e -

Reminders -

Embankment - Bakerloo and Northern line trains not stopping until early Nov 2014.

Covent Garden - Exit only until mid-November 2014. Also, on Saturdays and Sundays, westbound trains not stopping.

Paddington - Exit only from Bakerloo line until late August 2014.

Bond Street - Jubilee line trains will not stop here until early December 2014.

Gloucester Road - Piccadilly line trains not stopping until mid-December 2014

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Dancing at a Parisian firehouse on 14 Juillet

I came across a write-up on this Bastille Day tradition in and around Paris. I’ve frequently thought about visiting Paris again, perhaps even for Bastille Day; this is the best reason I can think of to put that city on my travel calendar for mid-July. Looking at the website, I wonder if there is a ‘hunk’ requirement to become a fireman in Paris – or perhaps only the really gorgeous ones are out front during the festivities. Either way, my goal would be to score at least one kiss. There are worse travel goals to have, oui?

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No more cash on London buses!

No, this does not mean that buses are free, but it’s just another sign that tourists and old farts need a rethink when boarding a London bus.

Beginning this Sunday – 6 July, 2014, bus fares cannot be paid with cash. Sooo… if you have a UK swipe card, you’re all set. Otherwise – and here is where tourists and old farts should step up – you’ll need an Oyster card. TfL has more info at this link.

Oyster cards are endlessly refillable cards you just hold in front of the reader at the turnstile. Sort of like a Metro Card in NYC, but with no expiration date. I’ve had an Oyster card for several years (clever tourist and clever old fart – that’s me) and I make sure to top it up on each trip after clearing customs at Heathrow. You can also add money to them at ticket windows, helped by a real person – this may be the only way to use American cards since we don’t have chip-&-PIN type cards yet. Sterling cash can be used at the automated ticket machines, just check the LED message at the top of each machine to be sure.

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London Tube closures for weekend of 5-6 July 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Not much on, thankfully. But Le Tour is coming to London on Monday, 7 July, so the next several days could be a bit crazy. I just wish I could be there for the craziness. Foof! Check this link for traffic issues related to the event.

Jubilee line - late opening from 11 am Sunday – Waterloo to Finchley Road

London Overground - Sunday only – Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction closed; also Camden Road to Willesden Junction via West Hampstead. Late 9.30 am start time on Sunday between Sydenham to West Croydon.

Bus schedules and road use - TfL has updated the info on the Hammersmith flyover work –  “… work is ahead of schedule … westbound carriageway closed from 22.30 Friday until 5.00 Monday morning. Buses in the area may face some delays. Last week’s advice for drivers to use the signed diversion route (the A40 Western Ave detour) to avoid the A4 Great West Road through Hammersmith” may still be wise.

Road issues this w/e – an event all day Sunday on Regent Street, a concert in Finsbury Park on Fri, Sat and Sun nights and a concert in Hyde Park on Thurs, Fri and Sat nights all present the possibility of driving headaches as well as shortened bus routes. (Don’t tear your hair out with road bunchups – take the Tube and visit the event/s)!

Reminders -

Embankment - Bakerloo and Northern line trains not stopping until November 2014.

Covent Garden - Exit only until mid-November 2014. Also, on Saturdays and Sundays, westbound trains not stopping.

Paddington - Exit only from Bakerloo line Sunday 29 June until late August 2014.

Bond Street - this Central line station is back in service

Gloucester Road - Piccadilly line trains not stopping until mid-December 2014

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travel and food news roundup for Prague – spring and beyond 2014

From London Independent – a new 48 hours for Prague.

The rest of these come from Prague Post.

Take an interesting tour and get to know local food. Or visit Martin’s bistro for lunch, in Prague 3. And now, reappearing at the back of U Pinkasů restau, at the bottom of Wenceslas Sq is the Gothic Garden offering beer and grilled food.

Mark your calendar for 2016 – celebrating 700th birth anniversary of Charles IV of Bohemia. Missed out on Bohemia’s saint’s day this year? Your next chance is March 15, 2015. FYI, that’s John of Nepomuk. His completely over-the-top silver-encased tomb lies in St Vitus Cathedral inside the Prague Castle grounds. See my previous post for more info on the tomb and John’s somewhat dubious claim to fame.

The Strings of Autumn music festival is set for October and November, 2014 but tickets are already selling like hotcakes.

Karlovy Vary Film Festival runs July 4 thru July 12 this year.

For something a little out of the ordinary, even for Prague – they want Olšany Cemetery to become a touring, picnicking and book reading venue. Hopes are to put it on a par with Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

A combined concept venue, the Theatre Cinema Café Royal is open for business. Movie and theatre buffs should check this out.

A memorial to Czech and Slovak fighters in WWII, the Winged Lion, comes to Klarov Park in Prague 1.

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London Tube closures for weekend of 28-29 June 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures.

Metropolitan line - Moor Park to Amersham and Chesham

Jubilee line - Waterloo to Finchley Road

London Overground - Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction both days; Sunday - Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction, Camden Road to Willesden Junction via West Hampstead and Sydenham to West Croydon.

Bus schedules and road use - TfL has updated the info on the Hammersmith flyover work –  “… work is ahead of schedule … eastbound closure from 22.30 on Friday until late Saturday night… westbound carriageway will then be closed until 5.00 Monday morning. After this weekend, all closures will be westbound. Buses in the area may face some delays. Drivers who are able to do so are advised to plan their journeys and use the signed diversion route ( ed., the A40 Western Ave detour) to avoid the A4 Great West Road through Hammersmith“.

Road issues this w/e – a parade on Saturday from Baker St to Whitehall via Oxford and both Regent Sts; a festival at Trafalgar Sq Saturday evening. There is a music festival on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and early evenings. (Don’t tear your hair out with road bunchups – go for the music)!

Reminders -

Embankment - Bakerloo and Northern line trains not stopping until November 2014.

Covent Garden - Exit only until mid-November 2014. Also, on Saturdays and Sundays, westbound trains not stopping.

Bond Street - this Central line station is back in service

Gloucester Road - Piccadilly line trains not stopping until mid-December 2014

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London Tube closures for weekend of 21-22 June 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures.

Circle line - Gloucester Road to Edgware Rd via Bayswater

Jubilee line - late opening at 11 am Sunday between Waterloo to Finchley Road

District line - Earl’s Court to Wimbledon; check the TfL link for bus service to Southfields if you’re headed to the tennis before the main draw (I assume there is tennis before the main draw – like qualifying or similar) which starts on Monday.

London Overground Saturday - Highbury & Islington to Clapham Junction/New Cross/
Crystal Palace/West Croydon; Sunday - Camden Road to Willesden Junction via West Hampstead; Highbury & Islington to Clapham Junction/New Cross/ New Cross Gate; Sydenham to Crystal Palace

Bus schedules and road use - TfL’s info regarding the flyover says – “The Hammersmith flyover is closed eastbound this weekend. It is closed in one direction for the next (several) weekends to allow for resurfacing and waterproofing work. This is part of the final phase of the strengthening work. Each weekend closure is from 22:30 Friday until 05:00 Monday. These closures are eastbound until Monday 30 June and westbound from Friday 4 July until Monday 4 August. Buses in the area may face some delays. Drivers who are able to do so are advised to plan their journeys and use the signed diversion route to avoid the A4 Great West Road through Hammersmith“.

Road issues this w/e – a march on Saturday afternoon from Marylebone to Westminster via Oxford Circus and Trafalgar Sq will add to the day’s busyness; rally at Parliament Sq to follow around 6pm. Sunday thrills include a running event near Hackney, E London between 6.30 am and 2 pm,  another road race in the City from 7.30 am to 1 pm set from St Paul’s towards Bank. Finally, Regent St will be closed most of Sunday, so bus routes will end before Oxford St. Fun fun fun.

Reminders -

Embankment - Bakerloo and Northern line trains not stopping until November 2014.

Covent Garden - Exit only until mid-November 2014. Also, on Saturdays and Sundays, westbound trains not stopping.

Bond Street - this Central line station is back in service

Gloucester Road - Piccadilly line trains not stopping until mid-December 2014

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