news from Prague – summer 2014

Here are a bunch of interesting tidbits with info on what’s going on in and around Prague – for those who don’t click on my Prague HOT LINK!! Some originally noted in Prague Post.

Leave it to the Czechs to brag about a breeding program for lizards!

Something one-of-a-kindish – Whisky Live Prague in late September. (When you click on this link, there’s an irritating pop-up; click on the right-hand box to access; it’s in Czech, even though you’re on the English language page. [Bizarre! Divný!])

See the list of 16 sites in Czech Republic which are seeking UNESCO World Heritage status.

If you’re in Prague in October, check out the Signal Festival – Prague lights up!

I wonder if there’s some sort of hidden message on this one – Prague Zoo’s hippos are getting corporate sponsorship… from Hilton.

For those who don’t expect to travel to China and/or who may have missed the Terracotta Warriors when they visited NYC in 2012, two of them will be on display at Prague Castle’s Imperial Stables.

New food tours in Prague show there’s more to Czech cuisine than klobasa and sauerkraut; mind you, there’s nothing wrong with klobasa and sauerkraut!

Just opened – Letní Letna acrobatic / circus / theatre festival. Runs for two weeks and a bit.

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London Tube closures for weekend of 16-17 August 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures.

Metropolitan line – Chalfont & Latimer to Chesham closure between 11.30 and 17.15 both days.

District line – Aldgate East to Bromley-by-Bow and Barking to Upminster

Jubilee line – Sunday only – Waterloo to Finchley Road

Hammersmith/City line – Moorgate to Barking

London Tramlink – service outage from East Croydon to Sandilands thru Sun 17 Aug

London Overground – both days -Highbury & Islington to Clapham Junction/New Cross/Crystal Palace/West Croydon. Sunday only – S Tottenham to Barking and Sydenham to Crystal Palace. Early Sunday shutdown between Gospel Oak and Stratford at 21.30.

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!

The Hogarth flyover in Chiswick is down through the end of August and there’s the usual mashup at Wembley for the football.

Bus schedules and road use - Click here for road works, traffic snarls and road-closing events. Putney Bridge closure lasts until October, road works near Aldgate will mess up southbound Minories until May 2015 (lovely) and road closures in and around Piccadilly, the Mall, Whitehall late Sunday morning for a parade.

Reminders -

new – Chesham station is closed both days this w/e between 11.30 and 17.15.

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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Travel and art news from France – summer 2014

From France 24.

The Paris Pantheon has been wallpapered with some 4000 selfies by street artist JR, thru early October.

On the topic of selfies – Parisian authorities are trying to effect a sea change away from those bridge-destroying “love locks” and create a new, safer trend of special selfies. I rather think that other cities with a similar threat to their city bridges will be watching.

UNESCO has granted World Heritage status to Grotte Chauvet, a prehistoric cave in France’s Ardeche.

I particularly love this one – the French, particularly Parisians, are being asked to be less rude to the (economy-subsidizing) tourists. To be sure, Paris is a bit daunting for me – I speak French even worse than a Spanish cow (a French phrase describing someone whose French language skills are really, really bad), but I didn’t find the locals rude so much as bemused by my attempts to speak their beautiful language. The Belgians are much more forgiving; Brussels especially, perhaps because that is such an internationally polyglot city.

A stolen Matisse finally comes home.

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Random news from the Netherlands – summer 2014

A bunch of items from Dutch News. Though some of the articles came out several weeks ago, the news is still valid as far as I can find.

Mopeds, helmets and bike lanes.

A surprising find during restoration of a Dutch Golden Age painting. A self-portrait is finally vetted as a Rembrandt. See it at home – Buckland Abbey, a National Trust property.

We’re back to the tourist-marijuana issue – non-locals can be banned from coffeeshops if a town or city wants it that way. And, in a similar “how will that work” vein – a smoking ban is coming for (non-dope) cafes and bars. What if smoking dope gets banned too?

Hash Brownies? Pot-laced poffertjes?  Photo from Food Safari wordpress blog.

What to do with the Crimean gold artifacts currently on loan to a Dutch museum. The exhibit has been extended from the beginning of June thru the end of August and I really wish I could find a way to see it! It’s hard to feel confident that these pieces will wind up going back to a safe and universally agreed home – at least, not yet.

 

 

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Food news from Oxford and new rail station plans

A roundup of food and other news from Oxford Mail.

Changes, perhaps not all for the best, coming to Oxford Rail Station. A more recent update from BBC news here.

Oxford Kitchen restau.  The Rusty Bicycle for great pizzas and burgers. Ooo – tea at Blenheim Palace. Yum! A great spot for brunch at Quod Brasserie.

Friday fish & chips at Hayman’s Fish Market.

Giraffe has a great brunch. I’ve eaten at the London South Bank location and can attest to the quality and interesting variety of the fare.

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London Tube closures for weekend of 9-10 August 2014

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Central London is pretty much normal. but reporting on the goings-on is getting complicated – so many links to update!

National Rail has one glitch out of Euston station this weekend – no London Midland trains and limited Virgin service. Service reductions extend into Monday.

Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines – Rayners Lane to Uxbridge (not part of the route to Heathrow on Piccadilly)

London Tramlink – service outage from East Croydon to Sandilands thru Sun 17 Aug

London Overground – three disruptions are Sunday only – S Tottenham to Barking, Queens Park to Watford Junction and Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction.

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!

The Hogarth flyover in Chiswick is down through the end of August and there’s the usual mashup at Wembley for the football.

Bus schedules and road use - Click here for road works, traffic snarls and road-closing events. Putney Bridge closure lasts until October, road works near Aldgate will mess up southbound Minories until May 2015 (lovely) and road closures both days for the Prudential RideLondon cycling event.

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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London Tube closures for weekend of 2-3 August 2014

Apologies once again for not bothering to post last weekend’s Tube disruptions. Two weekends out of three that the world had to function without my London Tube updates (yeah, like the city ground to a halt. As if).

Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. Not too bad as these things go.

Jubilee line – late opening from 11 am between Waterloo and Finchley Rd on Sunday

Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines – Rayners Lane to Uxbridge (not part of the route to Heathrow on Piccadilly)

London Overground – all weekend – Clapham Junction to Kensington (Olympia). Sunday only – Gospel Oak to Barking is shut as well as Camden Road to Willesden Junction via West Hampstead. The stretch between Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction opens late on Sunday – 8.30.

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. These include a street festival in Brixton on Sunday, Putney Bridge closure until October, road works near Aldgate that will mess up southbound Minories until May 2015 (lovely) and road closures around the ExCel centre on both days for the London Triathlon.

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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