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: April 2012
See Shakespeare’s plays performed by troupes from around the world as well as the RSC. This link connects to an immediate ticket deal from WhatsOnStage, in case you can make the Brazilian take on Richard III in early May. Here’s … Continue reading
A bus-train travel promotion for discovering the Cotswolds without a car. From Oxford Mail. A Rolling Stones museum opens in Germany. From France 24.
This guy made a pile of money from stocks and is opening a pub in Banbury. A beer festival will be held at the pub on Monday, May 7, including Yorkshire’s Black Sheep Best Bitter. I wish I could be … Continue reading
From Dutch News. Upcoming events in Netherlands for festivals, exhibits, concerts and more. From Deutsche Welle. May’s calendar of events in Germany.
Handmade and gorgeous, Bohemian crystal has been a favored choice for more than 100 years. Unlike other crystal, it uses no lead. From Prague Post. A different sort of musical choir – singing butchers in Cologne. From Deutsche Welle.
My stories and photos from Bulgaria, Bratislava, Budapest and a long past trip to Australia and New Zealand have been in the works for a long time. These trips predated my digital camera, so selecting and scanning photos is taking … Continue reading
Škoda’s Czech trams run in places beyond Czech Republic and are adding foreign locations. Even some U.S. has cities have bought their trams From Prague Post.
In case you haven’t heard and/or you’re likely to freak out… July virus warning, from the FBI via London Independent.
From London Independent. A small town in England where booze seems to hold the secret to long life, at least for the men. And make sure to read the last bit – sounds like a little known ‘festival’ to put … Continue reading
Maybe we just can’t stand the fact that American tennis players are mostly lousy playing on clay, but it’s a big chunk of the year and unless you’re rich enough to add the Tennis Channel to your cable package, there’s … Continue reading
A grand day out at the Proms on 29 July only. Main Proms link here.
A new, occasional blog post. Stuff to do this weekend, this month or this summer. From London Time Out.
Chinese artifacts stolen from UK museums. From London Independent. But then there’s another report of a piece of ‘art’ tossed by a security guard. From Dutch News. I suppose nobody got a photo beforehand, I couldn’t find one. Oh well. … Continue reading
London Tube closures this weekend are relatively limited on the District (both days), Bakerloo (Sunday) and Jubilee (Sunday) lines. London Overground have some disruptions on both days.
Until I can visit later this year, here are some pictures from Floriade, the Dutch horticultural fair held every ten years. Courtesy of The Guardian, found on DutchNews.
I get quite a bit of traffic on blog posts about food and alcohol. Especially alcohol. Must say something about my audience. I’ve been a red wine drinker for quite a long time now. Years ago, I tried to learn … Continue reading
Countries from around the world will be promoting their authors at the 18th International Book Fair and Literary Festival in mid-May.
From the London Independent… (bolding is travelmagpie’s) Tourism chief: 2012 visitor boom unlikely Any increase in the number of tourists visiting the UK during this Olympic year would be “against all the odds”, the chairman of VisitBritain has warned. Speaking … Continue reading
A new exhibit at Hampton Court Palace from the collections of Charles II, thru the end of September. From London Independent.
Not terribly expensive, a new small plane service from Oxford could be exciting. From the Oxford Mail.
A change to Schengen border controls designed to stem illegal immigration means you should keep your passport handy. From Deutsche Welle.
If you’re a fan, as I am, of AMC’s The Killing on US TV, you might be interested to know that a Scandinavian bridge gets a part in The Bridge, a British show from the Danish team who created the … Continue reading
There are fewer than 100 days until the start of the London Olympics. Not everyone is thrilled at the prospect. From the London Independent.
This weekend’s Tube closures in London include Paddington Station on the Circle Line and Hammersmith & City. District Line Paddington is apparently open. This is for both days. District Line closure is outside Zone 1 and much of London Overground is also … Continue reading
I remember walking past the Four Seasons the day I tried to visit Prague Castle. The Castle was closed because Medvedev was on the premises. The security forces guarding the hotel entrance were much more imposing (“You stay away or we … Continue reading
From Prague Post. Just when I thought that StarBev was safe. The last statement in the article is particularly scary.
There’s an exhibit of James Bond vehicles at Beaulieu, a place best known for its splashy car museum. Might be worth a look if you’re down that way in 2012.
I try to keep away from political topics, but enjoyable travel, power grid needs and climate change may get more tangled up together. Here are some news items on the topic from the last few issues of the London Independent… Sounds … Continue reading
From the Oxford Mail… It pays to know how to dig. These guys are different.