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: December 2012
A YouTube video of tonight’s fireworks in Edinburgh, Scotland. Happy New Year!
From Prague Post. From Cecilia Bartoli to 6pm fireworks on New Years Day to free sledding and celebratory simulcasts from other places in Europe – Prague is becoming a great place to see in the New Year! And the AvantGarde … Continue reading
One of my favorite memories of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, December 2011.
A few holiday photos to keep you in the mood. Apologies for the photo quality. Happy Holidays to all! . .
Dutch News reports on how this reindeer ‘fact’ was confirmed. Infra-red photo and all. Who knew?
Edinburgh’s 2012/2013 Hogmanay festivities now have their own FREE iPhone app. Sounds great but I hope they’ll have an Android app soon (I’m looking at a Samsung phone for next year).
Information on the strike planned for Boxing Day on the London Tube. Even with a list of expected services, Transport for London is not making any hard and fast promises. A good day to stay home if you can?
From France 24. Now that the Louvre’s second location is open in Lens, France, we can get a digital glimpse of what is there. Fears that this would be a second-rate installation proved to be unfounded. Click on the link … Continue reading
From France 24. Chateau d’Yquem will not be putting down a 2012 vintage of their Sauternes. The reason? Lousy weather. Red Bordeaux will also be having a rough year. Better luck next year. Actually, I never would have known. I … Continue reading
Like many people, I’ve wanted to visit Oktoberfest for a long time. This year I got my chance. After arriving in Salzburg, Austria at 5am on the night train from Slovenia, I shoved my luggage into a locker, bought a … Continue reading
From the London Independent. A new EasyJet route to Cornwall from London.
The Christmas and New Years holiday periods typically include greatly reduced public transportation. Here is what Transport for London says about service for the days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. There is also the possibility of a strike on … Continue reading
From the London Independent. Now here’s a list that could be really useful next time you/I visit the British (mostly English) countryside. Country pubs! The Independent has done lists with more than ten items; surely this list of pubs could … Continue reading
There are hardly any planned disruptions to the London Tube system this weekend. Only one station closure, Cannon Street and only one partial closure in the early hours of Sunday on the Northern line from Camden Town north to Edgware. TfL … Continue reading
From France 24. The town of Zarozje, Serbia near the border with Bosnia, is reviving an old vampire story and hoping to make some money from it. Perfect (Twilight) timing so good luck to them.
From France 24. Now, cash-starved bread hounds in Nîmes are buying day-old baguettes to save money. What next?!
From Prague Post. If you’ll be in Prague this month, here are some good deals at city restaurants.
I often find myself drawn to architectural details in my travels. I’m not sure why; maybe it’s just that they often provide the most visual interest. In Ljubljana, Slovenia this past autumn, doors and doorways caught my attention. Here are … Continue reading
From London Independent (I’m woefully behind in wading through the Independent’s travel sections). Biking, hiking, messing about in boats, er… kayaks and more. Active adventures in Britain.
From Prague Post. A bakery in Prague named Bakeshop with lots of yummy things to offer. Click on the link and watch the English language video. Located a couple of blocks east of Josefov. See the map and reviews on TripAdvisor. I … Continue reading
From Prague Post. A ticket agency, yes, but if you’re in Prague this month, there may be something here you’ll want to know about. Also could be a good resource for visiting Prague at any time of year.
This weekend’s Tube closures in London are again minimal. Cannon Street station is closed on Saturday only, the Northern line north from Camden Town is shut on Sunday and there is some disruption to London Overground and DLR.
From France 24. Berlin celebrates centenary of discovery of Nefertiti bust.
From Deutsche Welle. A new branch of Paris’s Louvre is opening in the northern mining town of Lens. If you are in France after December 12, 2012, stop in.
From France 24. This headline was a surprise. Still trying to decide if I’m pleased or disappointed. I’m sure the Brits are chuffed but the next Rugby World Cup in 2015 is a long way off. Stomach bugs aside, still … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. Wallabies seen in Oxfordshire. It’s certainly cheaper than flying Down Under if you want to see one. Maybe someone could round them up and have a wallaby park?