Christmas decorations at London’s Covent Garden
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Category Archives: European festivals
From France 24. An interesting choice for theatrical entertainment in Madrid – Microtheatre. It’s only been around for four years but it is intimate, cutting edge and above all cheap, making it more affordable for out-of-work locals as well as … Continue reading
From France 24. The route for the 2014 Tour de France bike race has been announced. Since next year marks one hundred years since the start of WWI, the choice of route makes sense. I tried to chase down the … Continue reading
From Deutsche Welle. The Napoleonic Battle of Leipzig, aka the Battle of Nations, was fought again 200 years after the first go-round. It was the bloodiest battle prior to WWI, with almost one-sixth of those fighting being killed. Although this battle … 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
From Deutsche Welle. Oktoberfest 2013 has officially opened with the tapping of the first keg. Prost!
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. 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 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
From the Adrian Leeds Paris real estate newsletter. The sandy seaside along the Seine is open again. And here’s a map so you can pick your spot. Grab your blanket, shades and SPF gloop or IPS in France (indice de … Continue reading
From Adrian Leeds’ Paris real estate newsletter. Things to do in Paris on Bastille Day. Those cute firemen could be reason enough to visit the firehouses, sip some champagne and kiss the boys!!!
From France 24. Take a boat out onto the lake in the Bois de Vincennes. And here’s a list of all sorts of summer activities throughout France indoors and out.
From the London Independent. Adventure weekends around the UK. Plan a trip down to Portsmouth for the newly opened of the Mary Rose museum. Rembrandts and more sneak over to Bath’s Holburne museum from the Royal Collection. From Prague Post. … Continue reading
Haaj. Hola. Hello! Coming to the end of the first week on vaca. Wi-fi has been spotty to say the least. The hotel in London only had access in the lobby, a real pain. The place I stayed in Alkmaar … Continue reading
One of the shops at Floriade, the Netherlands’ once-every-ten-years horticultural exhibition, had a variety of plastic lawn ornaments for sale. In addition to the usual ducks, chickens and gnomes, they also had goats and… you won’t believe it… guinea pigs!! … Continue reading
From Prague Post. Two weeks of pre-Lenten festivities in Prague, started on 31 Jan runs through 13 Feb. Jugglers and acrobats and masks, oh my! The part that intrigues me is the reference to bringing your own bottles. Hmmm.
From DutchNews. This year will be the last time Netherlands celebrates Queen Beatrix’s birthday (April 30). Next year, they’ll have a king, Willem-Alexander, so the date will move to April 27 and become King’s Day. Still, if you’re anywhere in … Continue reading
A YouTube video of tonight’s fireworks in Edinburgh, Scotland. Happy New Year!
From Prague Post. From Cecilia Bartoli to 6pm fireworks on New Years Day to free sledding and celebratory simulcasts from other places in Europe – Prague is becoming a great place to see in the New Year! And the AvantGarde … Continue reading
One of my favorite memories of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, December 2011.
A few holiday photos to keep you in the mood. Apologies for the photo quality. Happy Holidays to all! . .
Edinburgh’s 2012/2013 Hogmanay festivities now have their own FREE iPhone app. Sounds great but I hope they’ll have an Android app soon (I’m looking at a Samsung phone for next year).
Like many people, I’ve wanted to visit Oktoberfest for a long time. This year I got my chance. After arriving in Salzburg, Austria at 5am on the night train from Slovenia, I shoved my luggage into a locker, bought a … Continue reading
From Prague Post. A ticket agency, yes, but if you’re in Prague this month, there may be something here you’ll want to know about. Also could be a good resource for visiting Prague at any time of year.
Apparently Hogmanay isn’t enough to get folks excited in the Athens of the North, Edinburgh is celebrating all through December with an ice rink, kids’ events, light shows, caroling and all sorts of fun stuff. Wish I could be there. … Continue reading
See? The holiday season can start early when Thanksgiving Day is not part of the calendar. Guy Fawkes day is November 5, then it’s off to the races! Covent Garden has lots of activities planned, including live reindeer on the … Continue reading
From Prague Post. A big weekend of organ music starts today in Kutna Hora, an hour south of Prague.
From Oxford Mail. From now through Sunday, International Horse trials at Blenheim Palace. What, I wonder, did the horses do wrong that they are being tried? Ohhh, THAT kind of horse trial. Never mind.
The “regular” Olympic Games are over, but the Paralympics start in a few days. If you want to make sure you don’t get caught in a traffic mess, check this website. By 9 September, it’ll be over and done, but … Continue reading
Uh-oh! While researching trains between Croatia and Germany, I came across the Munich Oktoberfest website. The dates overlap the days when I hope to be in Germany. This could turn out to be a dangerous trip for some unexpected reasons! Time … Continue reading
I found this calendar of beer events in Britain. I’m especially curious about the Bricklayers Arms in Putney. They describe themselves on their website as a year-round beer festival. That could be very dangerous! They are also a good ten minute … Continue reading