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Category Archives: News from Europe
Tuesday was my last full day in Rovinj, my new favorite destination in Europe. It is on the Adriatic and ‘Mediterranean sunny’; red tiled roofs; an ancient church in the middle of town at the highest point; narrow, winding alleyways … Continue reading
From France 24. Staff walked off the job at the Louvre to protest rising number of cases of pickpocketing at the museum. The place was forced to close for the day. An increased police presence has been put in place. … Continue reading
From France 24. The Gates of Hell have been dug up in Turkey (not a government building – it’s an archaeological site). From London Independent. This event was linked to in a previous blog post. Ruminations on the reopening of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum … Continue reading
From Dutch News and BBC. Two big art museums in Amsterdam are sue to reopen after long closures. One is the Rijksmuseum, home of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, among many other masterpieces. It will reopen on 13 April. Also, the … Continue reading
From Deutsche Welle. The EU is expanding air passenger rights when delayed and flying on European carriers. Interesting that this comes at time when snow is wreaking such havoc at Frankfurt airport. More communication, food and water, as well as … Continue reading
From France 24. The town of Ornans helped to raise 4 million euros to repatriate Courbet’s The Oak of Flagey back to France after a century overseas in private hands. The town’s Courbet museum will display the painting free of … Continue reading
I’m a murder mystery junkie. Most particularly, I’m hooked on stories with a European setting – gee, there’s a surprise. This from the London Independent. The British Library has an exhibition of crime fiction thru mid-May. Another reason to ignore … Continue reading
From London Independent. Lots of ski destinations in France, Italy and Switzerland and a few in places that may not leap first to mind.
From Oxford Mail. A new bridge will be built across the Cherwell in Oxford with limited use except for Christ Church students and staff. Still could be a great new spot for taking fotos.
From France 24. Swiss analysis, including carbon dating, has confirmed that, although the Louvre’s Mona Lisa is an authentic work by Leonardo da Vinci, it’s a copy he made of an earlier version.
From London Independent. A review of some of the most fun bars in Dusseldorf, Germany.
From London Independent. Dueling factions are fighting over where the recently found remains of Richard III should be interred. Gives a new definition for “remains to be seen”. (Sorry).
From London Independent. James McAvoy, age 33, has started a run as Macbeth in London, the youngest Macbeth if only by a couple of years. Through 27 April.
From London Independent. There was a similar list published in September of 2011. New year, new list and this time, all single malts. Top ten single malts. One entry appears on both lists – the Old Pulteney 12 year old. … Continue reading
From France 24. The mayor of Mont Saint-Michel is in hot water for rigging bus stop locations so tourists would have to pass his restaus and other shops. Fines and jail sentence (even if suspended) forthcoming. Tsk tsk tsk! Mind … Continue reading
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
From Transport for London (TfL). The London Tube now has WiFi at more than 100 of their stations thanks to Virgin Media. Depending on your service provider (boy does that sound like commercial-speak or what?), you will be able to use the … Continue reading
From Prague Post. These are the results of reader voting in several categories, as well as the Prague Post’s top pick. Some are useful for anyone visiting or living in Prague. I’m especially interested in the best beer, pub, theatre … Continue reading
From the London Independent. Maybe wait for the snow to melt, then get up to Hackfall for a walk with Nature.
From the London Independent. Ten walks along different parts of the UK coast. Yes, N Ireland, Wales and Scotland are included. Most are between 4 and 10 miles but there’s also a one mile suggestion and the longest is more … Continue reading
From Dutch news. The Belgian rail safety office has suspended FYRA high-speed rail service until it can be shown the service is reliable. This has been a continual problem since the service went up and some regular – and less … Continue reading
From France 24. Marseille is one of two European Capitals of Culture, so it’s trying to clean up its seedy reputation in hope of boosting its visitor numbers for 2013.
I finally found a decent map showing the location of the Tower building at St George Wharf south of the Thames in London. This is the building whose high altitude crane was apparently so shrouded in fog that a helicopter hit … Continue reading
From the London Independent. A list of the best coffeeshops in Britain. Places to look for if you don’t need your fix from Caffe Costabucks.
From France 24. A new museum devoted to the Holocaust has opened in Mechelen, Belgium on the site of a Nazi transfer camp that had been the last stop before Auschwitz-Birkenau.
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.