Header foto – A view of the Thames, London looking east from the new Jubilee bridge. St Paul’s, the Gherkin, Waterloo Bridge and the South Bank Center are all part of this, my favorite London panorama. The Shard was not completed yet.
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Category Archives: UK
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
TfL (Transport for London) has some additional thoughts on how to survive the Olympic travel pressures.
Just my luck that my vacation plans didn’t include checking these out first. The Jazz and Blues fest starts Friday, followed by the Arts festival, the Military Tattoo, Fringe, International Festival, Book Festival. These overlap from early August thru early September. … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. An interview with one of the divers on the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s ship that sank like a stone right after her launch. Then make plans to visit the new museum next year (it reopens late this … Continue reading
From the London Independent. The Thames, along with other rivers in the U.K., is getting so clean that trout fishing is making a comeback.
From the London Independent – the 10 best English gardens open to visitors. Great places to celebrate springtime. Click on the link for prices and websites.
From the Oxford Mail. If you’re in or near Oxford, England this weekend, check out the Chocolate Festival. I wish I’d known!
A brass memorial plaque in England names two casualties of Gallipoli but the plaque’s original home is unknown. From the Oxford Mail. Will post any updates.
From the London Independent, a new Welsh company enters the jeans market. And a Swedish label comes to London.
Cleaning up the Banbury Cross for the Queen’s Jubilee. Who gets to ride a cock horse, I wonder? From the Oxford Mail.
Nags Head pub will get some major renovations and reopen later in the year. CAMRA is excited. From the Oxford Mail.
A town in Oxfordshire raises a new bell to mark Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee.
From the Oxford Mail. New canvas lines were added around the Uffington White Horse, a prehistoric hillside chalk carving near Oxford, England. Locals are upset, but it’s canvas and does not affect the existing chalk. Lax security should perhaps be … Continue reading
A new high speed express train is almost ready to join the Cotswold line. (But how fast will it really travel?) From Oxford Mail.
Reopening after being destroyed by fire, Cherwell Valley rest stop will be clean and green. From Oxford Mail
If this becomes a reality, it will make staying cheaply near Oxford really easy!
Wantage, near the Uffington White Horse, scores high on mystery visit. (from Oxford Mail)
Tours International now booking their Jane Austen tours for 2012 They also have a variety of military tours, tours with historical themes, tours relating to other literary figures, garden tours. These are regularly offered but the company will also create … Continue reading
Go for a walk. Here are 50 from the London Independent. Walks from 2.5 to 14 miles and all lengths in between. Something for everyone and maybe not just for winter!
Tube station closures on a few lines and line shutdown of the Northern Line this weekend
Thanks to a London friend, I took a walking tour of London before Christmas that I would probably never have found on my own. The name of the outfit that conducted the tour is Hairy Goat and if you are a … Continue reading
from the London Independent… After a huge expansion and updating, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is open to visitors again.
A few weeks ago, needing to make a 6.30 am (ridiculous, I know) flight from London’s Gatwick airport, I booked a single room at the Yotel there. They are located inside the South Terminal, a short elevator ride below the … Continue reading
Cheap London listings from London Time Out
Info on London Tube outages for December holidays. Weekend of 17-18 December, 2011 through 2 January 2012 is explained. Note that the Tube does not run on Christmas Day.