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Monthly Archives: December 2012
Fireworks from Hogmanay in Edinburgh
A YouTube video of tonight’s fireworks in Edinburgh, Scotland. Happy New Year!
New Year’s fun in Prague for 2012-2013
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
A winter wonderland at Tivoli in Copenhagen
One of my favorite memories of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, December 2011.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all
A few holiday photos to keep you in the mood. Apologies for the photo quality. Happy Holidays to all! . .
Dutch research discovers why Rudolph’s nose is red
Dutch News reports on how this reindeer ‘fact’ was confirmed. Infra-red photo and all. Who knew?
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A pop-up dance club in Prague and a classical New Years concert
From Prague Post. Pop-up clubs are not new but this is an interesting variation in Prague on the ear-splitting, headache and deafness-inducing clubbing events we’ve all heard about. The article notes that the final event was held last weekend but … Continue reading
An iPhone app for Edinburgh Hogmanay
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).
London Tube update on strike action on 26 December 2012
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?
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A virtual tour of the Louvre’s new branch in Lens
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
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French wine news – Chateau d’Yquem ditching a 2012 vintage
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
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My visit to Munich’s Oktoberfest
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
New EasyJet service from London to Cornwall
From the London Independent. A new EasyJet route to Cornwall from London.
London Tube closures for Dec 2012 holidays
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
Ten best English country pubs – cheers!
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
London Tube closures for weekend of 15-16 December 2012
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
Tempting tourists with Serbian vampires
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.
Day old baguettes are ‘hot’ in France. Sacre bleu!
From France 24. Now, cash-starved bread hounds in Nîmes are buying day-old baguettes to save money. What next?!
Holiday restaurant deals in Prague
From Prague Post. If you’ll be in Prague this month, here are some good deals at city restaurants.
Doorways of Ljubljana
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
Ten best British adventure breaks
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.
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A Prague bakery
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
Concert listings for Prague Xmas season
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.
London Tube closures for weekend of 8-9 December 2012
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.
Nefertiti in Berlin now thru April 2013
From France 24. Berlin celebrates centenary of discovery of Nefertiti bust.
Louvre opens a new branch in Lens
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.
England beats the All Blacks? Holy cow!
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
Visit Oxfordshire and (maybe) see a wallaby
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?
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Burger King is returning to France. Oh joy.
From France 24. Burger King, gone from France for 15 years, has decided to open two locations, one in Marseille and one at a highway rest stop in Reims. I wonder if the first location will have bouillabaisse on the … Continue reading