Christmas decorations at London’s Covent Garden
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From Dutch News. A road dating from Roman times has been dug up in central Utrecht while building work was being carried out. Ancient Roman ruins don’t immediately come to mind as elements of Dutch history, which makes the news … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Quieter and quieter. Weds, 4 Dec through Sunday on London Tramlink – Sandilands to New Addington Northern line – early Sunday morning only - Camden Town to Edgware DLR – Sunday only - Bank/Tower … Continue reading
From Prague Post. Several extremely valuable and important paintings that have been living in the Czech National Gallery will be returned to their monastic owners according to restitution law. However, they won’t be going anywhere for at least ten years … Continue reading
From Dutch News. The giant yellow timetable signboards have been a hallmark of Dutch rail stations for ages. Nowadays, with so many passengers checking the up-to-the-minute digital signs or using online apps for trip planning, the yellow timetables have been … Continue reading
From the London Independent. The first outdoor food market in ten years opens in Sheffield. Will it have the quality, variety and appeal of London’s Borough Market? Time will tell. Not what you’d call an easy visit from London, but if … Continue reading
From Prague Post. Prague’s Jalta Hotel has opened its top-secret Communist-era bunker to interested visitors two days each week. Admission is €3. Pre-booking is required. This should be on the list for your/my next visit. Join the queue!
From the London Independent. If you’re hanging around London for the Xmas holidays, here’s a handy list of packaged (mini) mince pies to top off your holiday meal/s!
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Very quiet! See the last link for plans in 2015. Central line – Sunday only - Chancery Lane eastbound and westbound Northern line - early Sunday only - Camden Town to Edgware London Overground - Clapham … Continue reading
An excerpt from a London Independent article on eating lobster described a fabulous (non-seafood) sighting in Selfridges, the London department store. To wit – = = = = The convenience of instant luxury crystals I love the idea of the … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. Sounds too good to be true – a Milanese is pulling them in with his pizza and calzones at the White Rabbit, Oxford. The place used to be the Gloucester Arms. Maybe give it a try next … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Bakerloo line - Sunday only - Stonebridge Park to Harrow & Wealdstone District line -Whitechapel to West Ham Central line – Mile End station both days. Sunday only - Chancery Lane platform, both directions Hammersmith/City … Continue reading
From London Independent. A short list of the ten best ice rinks from (mostly) London to Cornwall, Manchester to Cardiff. Another winter sport that’s beyond my current fitness abilities. I might be able to do it again if the ice … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Bakerloo line - Sunday only - Stonebridge Park to Harrow & Wealdstone District line - Turnham Green to Ealing Broadway, same as last w/e Central line – Sunday only - Chancery Lane eastbound and westbound Piccadilly … Continue reading
From London Telegraph. Some changes to Ryanair, hoping to combat their crappy customer service reputation. Time will tell if it’ll be enough. I’ve never been anxious to try them. Make sure you read the tail-end of the story, with a … Continue reading
From Rick’s email news. Rick Steves is one of my favorite travel guys, especially since his primary focus is Europe. Here is a great description of one facet of his travel philosophy. Take it in and add it to your … Continue reading
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Special announcement for Saturday – The Lord Mayor’s Show will take place in the City and central London during the day. This will be followed by fireworks on the river between Blackfriars … Continue reading
From London Independent. A Roman eagle sculpture, around 1800 years old, has been dug up near Aldgate and is on display at the Museum of London. In excess of two feet tall, an amazing piece, quite possibly from some big … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. Plans have been approved for a 70 million makeover of infrastructure at Oxford rail station. It’s gonna be a big mess for the next five years, so plan accordingly.
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Central line - both days – Bethnal Green to Loughton/Woodford via Hainault and Liverpool St to Bethnal Green for a few hours on Sunday morning District line - Dagenham East to Upminster Bakerloo line - … Continue reading
From London Independent. Maybe I’m just bummed that I was never a great downhill skier (and my abilities have been going downhill in the other sense for decades) but I look at this list of fifty European ski resorts and … 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
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. A couple of outer London bits listed below and some stretches of London Overground in the south. Central line - Bethnal Green to Loughton/Woodford via Hainault both days; Liverpool Street to Bethnal Green early Sunday … 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
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Almost all of the Northern Line and huge stretches of London Overground. Northern line - both Bank and Charing X paths from Morden to East Finchley/Golders Green Metropolitan line - Wembley Park to Northwood/Uxbridge Piccadilly - … Continue reading
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
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