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Category Archives: News from Europe
From Oxford Mail. I think having a modestly-priced motor hotel near Oxford could be a great money-saver for those of us who don’t feel flush enough to book into the Randolph. I especially like the fact that it will be … Continue reading
From France 24. The giant girder-and-panel building called the Shard is now open. I don’t particularly care, but the article has information and prices regarding the observation desk. I’ll be curious to hear when the place becomes fully rented. What … Continue reading
From Deutsche Welle. An interactive map of Germany’s 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Just in case you were looking for an excuse to visit Germany sometime soon. I’ve only been to one, Cologne Cathedral and, oddly, it’s also the only … Continue reading
From the London Independent. New fares went into effect at the start of the year. British trains are the priciest in Europe. I find this article helpful because it cites sample fares that illustrate just how costly train tickets can … Continue reading
From the London Independent. Sacre bleu! Paris is falling in love with craft beers.
From France 24. Because the Vatican is out of compliance with Italian laws regarding money-laundering, the government has shut down credit card use in Vatican City. Of course, this may not last long, but it does make for an interesting … Continue reading
From France 24. Today (6 January, 2013) marks the 20th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev‘s death. This France 24 article is a remembrance of his genius and legacy. I saw him dance in Boston in 1966 or ’67. He was dancing … Continue reading
From the London Independent. Floods notwithstanding – and there have been a LOT of them recently – here is a list of 50 winter walks grouped, helpfully, by region. Pull on those boots and get cracking!
Dutch News reports on how this reindeer ‘fact’ was confirmed. Infra-red photo and all. Who knew?
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).
From France 24. Now that the Louvre’s second location is open in Lens, France, we can get a digital glimpse of what is there. Fears that this would be a second-rate installation proved to be unfounded. Click on the link … Continue reading
From France 24. Chateau d’Yquem will not be putting down a 2012 vintage of their Sauternes. The reason? Lousy weather. Red Bordeaux will also be having a rough year. Better luck next year. Actually, I never would have known. I … Continue reading
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 the London Independent. A new EasyJet route to Cornwall from London.
From the London Independent. Now here’s a list that could be really useful next time you/I visit the British (mostly English) countryside. Country pubs! The Independent has done lists with more than ten items; surely this list of pubs could … Continue reading
From France 24. The town of Zarozje, Serbia near the border with Bosnia, is reviving an old vampire story and hoping to make some money from it. Perfect (Twilight) timing so good luck to them.
From France 24. Now, cash-starved bread hounds in Nîmes are buying day-old baguettes to save money. What next?!
From Prague Post. If you’ll be in Prague this month, here are some good deals at city restaurants.
From London Independent (I’m woefully behind in wading through the Independent’s travel sections). Biking, hiking, messing about in boats, er… kayaks and more. Active adventures in Britain.
From France 24. Berlin celebrates centenary of discovery of Nefertiti bust.
From Deutsche Welle. A new branch of Paris’s Louvre is opening in the northern mining town of Lens. If you are in France after December 12, 2012, stop in.
From France 24. This headline was a surprise. Still trying to decide if I’m pleased or disappointed. I’m sure the Brits are chuffed but the next Rugby World Cup in 2015 is a long way off. Stomach bugs aside, still … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. Wallabies seen in Oxfordshire. It’s certainly cheaper than flying Down Under if you want to see one. Maybe someone could round them up and have a wallaby park?