Header photo – Amsterdam harbor on the IJ looking east past the cruise port / Border photo – Stuðlaberg, columnar basalt, Iceland
“Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli
Monthly Archives: January 2012
Dresden is more than just Christmas markets, even in December. Here are some of the sights away from the bratwurst and Gluhwein that intrigued me… Buildings and statues … Continue reading
Farmers bring their crops to consumers in all sorts of ways
German towns know how to put together a Christmas market. After visiting holiday markets in Copenhagen and Prague in December, I went to Dresden’s, just a two hour bus ride from Prague. Of the three cities, I think I liked … Continue reading
Tube closures – partial line closures and stations for this weekend
In my previous blog post about the walking tour with Hairy Goat, I made reference to a new office spike going up in the City nicknamed the Pinnacle. Economic stagnation may cut it down to size, according to the London … Continue reading
I visited Prague Castle on my first trip to Prague in 2005. With my imperfect knowledge of the metro, I got off at a stop halfway up the hill and hiked the rest of the way. I saw most of the … Continue reading
The latest on the weekend’s Tube work in London – partial closures except for the entire Circle Line.
Simon Calder (London Independent) on seeing the Northern Lights
A local Czech artist, Barbora Jelínková, makes lovely, delicate glass jewelry. I bought some of her earrings in 2005 and wanted to get some new ones this time. The seller in the photo is not the artist, but if you … Continue reading
Here’s an idea for something you might do next time you’re in Amsterdam
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!
Spain’s festivals fill the entire year. Here are just a few to pique your travel interest. (London Independent)
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
SeaFrance ferries go belly up (from London Independent) Orthodox Christmas Mass in Russia (from Russian news) Russian artworks recovered (from Russian news) Taste Florence, a new personalized tour of this wonderful city (from Deutsche Welle)
If you’re seeing Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen for the first time, night time is magical. And to see Tivoli after dark at its most sparkling, Christmas time can’t be beat. Fairy lights are on year-round, but the park outdoes itself … Continue reading
Back to work!! Tube outages for the weekend of January 7-8, 2012
Click on the Facebook link on this page for videos from Deutsche Welle showing the new year being welcomed around the world.
from the London Independent… After a huge expansion and updating, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is open to visitors again.
The other European Capital of Culture in 2012? (There are two each year). Say hello to Guimaraes, Portugal.
from Deutsche Welle… saving the spoon-billed sandpiper returning a rare bison species to Czech Republic the threat of species loss in Africa the effect of animal species on food production
from Prague Post… 60,000 signatures have been collected and the name Václav Havel airport has been trademarked in hopes it will be the new name of Prague’s Ruzyně airport.
from Deutsche Welle… Maribor, Slovenia is preparing for its closeup as a European Capital of Culture in 2012.