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: May 2012
Jewelry, mosaics, glass and sculpture abound at the Roman-Germanic Museum in Cologne. The Documenta art fair opens in Kassel in June and runs for 100 days.
A recent addition in Deutsche Welle’s ‘word of the week’ – their word for domestic damage control after ”a few” – Drachenfutter. (e.g., Andy Capp making excuses to Flo after a long night at the pub). The newest one is … Continue reading
From Prague Post – Molson-Coors has plans for Staropramen. such as adding snacks to the end-of-tour beers. Pickled cheese. OK. And that yummy, super-fatty Prague ham! Here’s the link to the new Visitor Center. Take a virtual tour after you … Continue reading
You’ll recognize the cherubs, if nothing else. It’s 500 years since Raphael painted his Madonna and Dresden is celebrating thru August 26th. From Deutsche Welle.
Click on the link for the latest information on travel around London during the Queen’s Jubilee festivities. (Sure, they tell me not to drive into the city, but send me a plane ticket so I can join in the scrum? … Continue reading
Only a week after another large quake hit northern Italy, another one strikes in the same area. From France 24.
From France 24. Listing of the events celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. No beheadings, no abbey destruction; only civilized fun on the official slate. (Who gets to take the leftovers home? Just wondering).
From Deutsche Welle – How some of Europe’s airlines are coping with the current economic climate. From France 24 – A successful long-distance flight by a solar-powered plane. Let’s hope this becomes commercially viable in the next 10 or 15 years. … Continue reading
Lots of Tube lines being worked on this weekend. Half will be in effect both days, the others only on Sunday. The Circle Line between Edgware Rd and Kings X (big pain), Hammersmith/City and Metropolitan will be disrupted on Saturday … Continue reading
Memorial Day is Monday, May 28th, 2012. It’s a uniquely American holiday and this will be the 144th such observance since the first one in 1865, after our Civil War ended. A friend emailed me about a recent visit to … Continue reading
From Deutsche Welle. Aftershocks from the Emilia Romagna earthquake do more damage. From the Guardian. Cheese warehouses sustain damage from the earthquake. From the BBC. Photos of earthquake damage. So now I’m wondering whether I’ll include Bologna on my next trip? If … Continue reading
From France 24. Alfons Mucha’s heroic-scaled masterpiece, his Slav Epic, has moved to a new home in Prague. Mucha is better known for his Art Nouveau posters, but this collection of 20 paintings was his lifework and Prague was the … Continue reading
From France 24. Buckingham Palace, which usually opens to the public in July or August, will open for a week at the end of June this year, close for a few weeks, then reopen from the end of July thru … Continue reading
From France 24. A flotilla of hundreds of different boats will sail down the Thames on June 2nd for the Queen’s Jubilee. The Queen’s barge (sounds like something out of Cleopatra, doesn’t it?) will include William and Kate. Isn’t that nice.
Virgin Atlantic will begin allowing passengers’ use of their cell phones in the air. My opinion: they need to charge more than they are planning and make texting free – else there could be a new category of air rage.
Prague Spring Music Festival continuing this month.
The train to Versailles from Paris has added a stylish option. From France 24. A new Daniel Buren art exhibition at Paris’s Grand Palais. From France 24.
This weekend’s Tube closures are minimal. The only Tube closure is on the Central Line between Marble Arch and Liverpool Street. And while a major headache, at least there are plenty of alternate lines to get around the mess. There are … Continue reading
Beer and wellies at the Muddy Duck. From Oxford Mail. From Deutsche Welle. Berliners are coming back to beer.
From Deutsche Welle. Effective July 1, a new cap for cross-border roaming charges goes into effect.
Leipzig’s view of graffiti as art. From Deutsche Welle.
Reblogged from work.failblog.org (odd name for a blog) et al – Dutch help for men
Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum has acquired another Van Gogh long held privately. From Dutch News.
OK, so I probably will never make use of this piece of info. Still… an interesting look at how wedding traditions, even food, are changing in the Czech Republic. From Prague Post. Helpful note… svíčková, is roast beef with creamy vegetable … Continue reading
Here are this weekend’s Tube closures. The biggest disruption in central London is the Central Line closure, extending east beginning at Marble Arch. Partial closures on the Bakerloo, Metropolitan and Northern lines are also scheduled, as well as some Overground, … Continue reading
Touring the Dutch coast in Zeeland. From London Independent. Be careful of ‘tourist prices‘. From London Independent’s Simon Calder. BMI gets gobbled up by British Airways; Virgin loses out (Rats!). Other BMI subsidiaries in limbo. From London Independent. From Dutch … Continue reading
Pollution measures may change booze cruise practices and boost prices in Europe. From the London Independent.
Recently, heavy rains flooded Worcester, England, among other places. Not good news for locals or visitors, but I was entranced by the photos that accompanied this item from London Independent.
From Prague Post. A look at Samos, Greece. Some travel ideas from London Independent… – Geocaching in Italy; – Gomera, the ‘forgotten’ Canary Island; – a look at Guernica/Gernika, the Picasso artwork and the Basque town today