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: July 2012
Sorry I skipped posting the Tuesday, 31 July bulletin in a timely fashion. Here’s the one for Wednesday, 1 August.
From Prague Post. Český Krumlov’s International Music Festival started last weekend and continues through August 18th, Thursdays thru Saturdays with an occasional Sunday scheduled. Opera, classical music, fun activities for kids and a brewery garden for the grown-ups when they need … Continue reading
From the Oxford Mail. Not sure exactly why the name change was implemented, but Abingdon is now Abingdon-on-Thames so the firehouse had to change its name to match. Mark your maps, brains and GPS.
According to London Transport, Monday will be one of the busiest for the Games. There getaheadofthegames website will have all the latest. The next few days have the following hotspots, according
The Old Man of the Mountain fell apart in 2003, a victim of thousands of years of weather and an ultimately unsuccessful patch job. This rocky profile on the side of Cannon Mt inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, The Great … Continue reading
From Virgin Atlantic July newsletter – Virgin is updating its fleet. Click here to watch a speeded up video of the process and find out more.
From Prague Post. Archaeologists working near the site of a new tunnel have found a mass grave in Prague dating to the Middle Ages. I wonder if visitors/gawkers will be able to stop by?
From Oxford Mail. Chalgrove music festival on the first weekend in August. Sounds like it’ll be a blast (there’s a beer tent, after all).
Night time speed limit may be raised for widest highway in Netherlands.
London Transport has a website with current information on traffic issues now that the Olympics activities has begun. There is more to the Olympics rash than the scrum in London over the next couple of weeks. There is also the … Continue reading
I saw this artist’s other-worldly Weather Project installation at the Tate Modern several years ago. Now he’s got something different planned for the same museum, Little Sun, beginning on July 28. I hope it runs long enough for me to … Continue reading
OK, here’s one I didn’t know they needed – separate lines at London Heathrow for incoming visitors depending on whether they need a visa to enter the UK. I don’t know how much difference it will make when multiple flights … Continue reading
Things are getting wild, with just one week to go before the opening Olympic Games hoopla. Click here to find out about the torch relay that starts in Greenwich at 7.30 am and concludes in Waltham at 7.30 pm this Saturday: … Continue reading
From Deutsche Welle’s ongoing feature of weird German words. There are days when I could qualify as a morgenmuffel. How about you?
TfL (Transport for London) has some additional thoughts on how to survive the Olympic travel pressures.
OK, so this isn’t news from Europe, but I was in Australia and New Zealand during the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and I saw John Kirwan play at a club match near Auckland. Phenomenal player. From France 24. … Continue reading
I have taken taxis in London (not part of the survey in the article) and Barcelona. In both cases, the meter was on and I feel I was charged fairly, though I didn’t understand the joke on the radio the … Continue reading
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 Deutsche Welle… Tips for getting around Germany trains, planes, cars and bikes Favorite foods, tips on tipping and other customs German holidays Social p’s and q’s, recycling, etc.
From SAS email New route between San Francisco and Copenhagen – Outbound “… fly 6 times a week from San Francisco to Copenhagen. Departures will be daily, except Tuesdays, (SK936) departing at 5.35 pm and arriving
From Deutsche Welle… Visit Potsdam What to see in the Upper Rhine Valley.
From France 24. It may soon be more necessary to research where your tea is actually coming from, especially if Ceylon tea is your favorite. Who knew the Arab states were getting into the tea blending business?
Both from the London Independent. Spain’s strawberries, water sources and the future of farming. Britain’s National Trust wants to buy piece of White Cliffs of Dover for preservation.
From Prague Post. Czech Budweiser can call itself just that in the U.K. Take that, Anheuser!
The following are all from Deutsche Welle newsmail. There are 936 UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world. At the annual UNESCO conference in St Petersburg, Russia, there are 33 new applications. The designation is not permanent, however; it can … Continue reading
Three-pronged art exhibition at the Tate Liverpool thru late October 2012. From London Independent.
Too funny. From France 24. A Humboldt penguin from Tokyo Sea Life Park, on the lam for almost three months, is given a name to replace his numeric designation. Cute little guy. Reminds me of the fairy penguins in Australia.
From France 24. Not as venerable as Shakespeare and Co, but Paris’s Village Voice shop will close as of July 31st.
Paddington Station on the Circle and Hammersmith/City lines is no-go again this weekend. Other shutdowns this weekend include partial closures on the Metropolitan (all weekend)and Northern (Sunday) lines. ALL OF THE VICTORIA LINE WILL BE OUT ON SATURDAY. That’ll put a … Continue reading
From France 24. The Running of the Bulls 2012 saw some injuries to a few goofballs. Check this link for the festival calendar. San Fermin runs through the 14th.