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: February 2012
Only a couple of weeks ago, the Prague Post reported that Anheuser-Busch (parent company Belgian InBev) was trying to buy Budvar, Czech brewer of the original Budweiser. Now, InBev is eyeing another Czech beer-maker, Staropramen. I’ve had this beer, as well … Continue reading
The good news — plans for a new hotel IN Oxford, above street level to provide panoramic views, are in the works. To be located on George Street, halfway between the Rail Station and the Broad. The bad news — … 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
Here are the outages planned on the London Tube for the 25-26 Feb 2012 weekend. Central and Northern lines have multiple line closures. Farringdon station is closed for Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith&City lines
Czech brewery Budvar may get bought up by InBev / Budweiser. From Prague Post
My first full day in Helsinki. I woke up really hungry so made a beeline for the hotel’s breakfast buffet. The selection and quality were outstanding. Remember – Scandinavia invented the smorgasbord. Scrambled eggs, soft boiled eggs, bacon. Cold ham, … Continue reading
Icy temps that froze the Danube river have faded and the ice is melting and making a mess. From Deutsche Welle
Malev is out, everybody else is pushing to get in; from Prague Post 2 days in Venice by Simon Calder; from London Independent
The line and station outages on the London Tube for this weekend; the entire Circle Line and partial closures on four other lines.
Why do they think getting rid of the sausage stands on Wenceslas Square is a good idea??? Fooey. from Prague Post
When you’re an ignorant point-and-shoot photographer like me, winter is a tough time of year to be taking pictures, especially when you’re far from home with limited time for reshoots. Sunset comes early, I was sometimes shivering when pressing the … Continue reading
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)
Profile of F Kupka; new acquisitions by a Prague art museum (Prague Post) Restaurant at National Theater celebrating 100 years (Prague Post)
Loads of exhibits and festivities in 2012 to celebrate Dickens’ 300th birth anniversary. Things kicked off this week (London Independent).
48 hours in Mainz for Carnival (London Independent) 48 hours in Malaga because it’s warmer (London Independent)
This weekend’s London tube outages – partial service on Jubilee, Metropolitan and Northern lines
Christmas in Prague – a magical-sounding phrase. Prague was the third of four European cities with Christmas markets I visited in December. The weather was seasonal, colder than we had in the northeastern U.S. at the time; no snow on … Continue reading
Ultra cold weather in Eastern Europe spreading south and west. And it’s messing up travel as well. Both from Deutsche Welle.
Hungary’s flagship airline, Malev, has had to shut down. I flew them in 2005 and I really liked their service. Of course, getting bumped up to business class probably had nothing to do with my opinion. News from Deutsche Welle.
Partial line closure on Central line and all of the Victoria line this weekend – 4-5 Feb 2012
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