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From France 24. A new exhibition on Roman emperor Augustus opens in Rome and runs through early February. It turns up again mid-March in Paris until mid-July. This all coincides with the 2000th anniversary of Augustus’ death. No flowers please. … Continue reading
From France 24. Just in case you’re looking on a European newsstand for the International Herald Tribune, it’s gone bye-bye. In its place, the International NY Times is now the masthead to seek. I liked the IHT. I could read most … Continue reading
Once again, a recent trip took me to an American destination rather than a European one (what has gotten into me lately?) and introduced me to a surprisingly interesting part of the US. Duluth, Minnesota lies so far north, compared … Continue reading
TfL (Transport for London) will be issuing periodic updates beyond the weekend closure news I’ve been posting. I’ll be including these links along with the regular Tube closure postings as I get them. This new series of announcements relates to … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Only the Jubilee closures have impact inside the Circle line, though Baker St to Wembley Park stretches are both served by Jubilee and Metropolitan and lack service. Foof. Jubilee line – Waterloo … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. Heads up – stricter enforcement of the 20 mph city speed limit is going into effect soon. Non-residents, of course, should know to use one of the park-&-ride lots, making the speed limit a non-issue.
From London Independent. Ten outdoor walks for enjoying the autumn air and changing colors. And here are a selection of fifty places with weekend deals for a quick getaway. Of course, “weekend break” only applies of you’re already on that … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. Interesting news item – a pub with a pay&display parking lot. I don’t see a problem, unless there are a whole lot of patrons who aren’t spending £5 per visit to get their £2 parking fee refunded. Or … Continue reading
From France 24. Doing business on Sunday in France may be coming. Groups are lined up on both sides of the issue. Will the spreading trend of acquiring stuff displace this more than one hundred year old law? Maybe this … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Big chunks of several lines but only Jubilee has a big impact inside the Circle line. District - Plaistow to Upminster – Sunday only Hammersmith/City - Sunday only – Liverpool Street to Barking Jubilee line … Continue reading
From the London Independent. A serious list of fifty arts events and performances, live and recorded, mostly in and around London but there are a few for a day or a weekend away. Pick something and go! I’m a big … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Similar to last w/e but even fewer closures. Central line – Bethnal Green to Loughton/Hainault via Newbury Park all weekend; early Sunday morning – Liverpool Street to Bethnal Green Northern line - Camden Town … Continue reading
From Deutsche Welle. Oktoberfest 2013 has officially opened with the tapping of the first keg. Prost!
From DutchNews. 2013 looks to be a good year for Dutch winemakers. The Dutch make some great cheese. Who knew the Dutch made wine?? Great combination, though.
From Prague Post. The Battle of White Mountain, a landmark battle in November, 1620, will be played out again this weekend in a Prague park. I guess the crowds and the weather make a November event less than ideal. Put … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Not too too bad. Bakerloo – Sunday only – Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone Central line – Bethnal Green to Loughton/Hainault via Newbury Park; early Sunday morning has closures between Liverpool … Continue reading
From France 24. (This news item is a week old; I was out of town and away from my blogging duties). A new twist on ticket scams – fake Louvre admission tickets made in China. Wow. I was planning to … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. An exhibition of costumes used in the runaway TV hit series, Downton Abbey, runs through 29th Sept 2013 at the West Ox Arts museum in Bampton. Find it on the map and hurry over there.
From France 24. Sunset at Montmajour by Van Gogh has been found, authenticated and unveiled at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. You should go.
Surprisingly, Europe has been off my radar for a few months, but what I was up to last week… I went online a couple of weeks ago, idly wondering if there were any tickets left for any day of the … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Even less disruption than last weekend. Central line – White City to Ealing Broadway/West Ruislip (same as last w/e) Northern line - early Sunday morning only – Camden Town to Edgware London Overground - … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Not too terrible for a non-holiday weekend. Central line – White City to Ealing Broadway/West Ruislip Northern line - most of the line is shut; from Stockwell to Golders Green/East Finchley along both the … Continue reading
These days, the first bit of outdoor art I check out in London is the rotating art installation on the fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Always interesting, subject matter all over the place and there’s a new piece every year … Continue reading
Northern Slovenia boasts some of the most stunning countryside outside Switzerland. Triglav National Park, the country’s only national park, covers much of this area known as the Julian Alps and encompasses Mt Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia, as well … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Busy, busy, busy! Most are planned for Sun-Mon or Sat-Mon. Note the Ladbroke Grove closure for the Notting Hill Carnival. Be aware also that the RMT (Rail, Maritime, Transport Workers) has called … Continue reading
From France 24. A unique restau in Paris’s 10th with all the best American-style brunch fare.
From Dutch News. A short video celebrating Amsterdam’s canals and the fun to be had on them. More than just sightseeing boats; my favorite clip? ice skating on the frozen canal!
Italy sounds like the most romantic destination. The name conjures images of wine and cheese, pastoral sunsets, pizza and pasta, cypress-dotted countryside and Renaissance art and architecture, not to mention movies and movie stars that glam up the image. You’d … Continue reading
Oops; I skipped last weekend’s report. Fortunately, none of the shutdowns affected central London. This weekend is a bit nastier… Here are the Tube closures for this weekend, Northern line is almost completely shut – from Stockwell to Golders Green/High … Continue reading
From the London Independent. A new jewelry exhibition at the Museum of London opens in October for the now-named Cheapside Hoard. Dates from 11 Oct 2013 – 27 April 2014. Looks stunning. In Lisbon, the architecture triennale from mid-September thru mid-December. … Continue reading