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: January 2013
From France 24. The mayor of Mont Saint-Michel is in hot water for rigging bus stop locations so tourists would have to pass his restaus and other shops. Fines and jail sentence (even if suspended) forthcoming. Tsk tsk tsk! Mind … Continue reading
From DutchNews. This year will be the last time Netherlands celebrates Queen Beatrix’s birthday (April 30). Next year, they’ll have a king, Willem-Alexander, so the date will move to April 27 and become King’s Day. Still, if you’re anywhere in … Continue reading
Tube system repairs continue this weekend. Cannon Street station will be closed Saturday, per usual. The entire Circle Line will be closed for the weekend, (glad I’m not in town for this; Circle is my lifeline!) though the map seems … Continue reading
From Transport for London (TfL). The London Tube now has WiFi at more than 100 of their stations thanks to Virgin Media. Depending on your service provider (boy does that sound like commercial-speak or what?), you will be able to use the … Continue reading
From Prague Post. These are the results of reader voting in several categories, as well as the Prague Post’s top pick. Some are useful for anyone visiting or living in Prague. I’m especially interested in the best beer, pub, theatre … Continue reading
Just an interesting tidbit from DutchNews. I know almost nothing about the monarchies and monarchs of continental Europe, possibly because they are so low-key. The only time we hear anything about them is if one of them dies or one … Continue reading
From the London Independent. Maybe wait for the snow to melt, then get up to Hackfall for a walk with Nature.
Large chunks of the Tube will experience disruptions this weekend, especially on the Northern line. Cannon Street station will be closed Saturday only. Partial line closures on District, Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines beyond the Circle Line area. London Overground will … Continue reading
From the London Independent. A Danish TV series, Borgen, with a female prime minister as the central character, is a hit in the UK. Will PBS pick it up in the US? If not, maybe Netflix will carry it. I … Continue reading
From the London Independent. Ten walks along different parts of the UK coast. Yes, N Ireland, Wales and Scotland are included. Most are between 4 and 10 miles but there’s also a one mile suggestion and the longest is more … Continue reading
From Dutch news. The Belgian rail safety office has suspended FYRA high-speed rail service until it can be shown the service is reliable. This has been a continual problem since the service went up and some regular – and less … Continue reading
From France 24. Marseille is one of two European Capitals of Culture, so it’s trying to clean up its seedy reputation in hope of boosting its visitor numbers for 2013.
I’ve seen the Alps and they are magnificent. When I flew from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik last September, the flight took us over the Alps. The weather was perfectly clear which allowed for some amazing views of these young, tough … Continue reading
Tube system repairs are back in force this weekend. Cannon Street station will be closed Saturday, per usual. Partial line closures on District, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Northern and Piccadilly lines beyond the Circle Line area. Also some disruption on DLR and … Continue reading
I finally found a decent map showing the location of the Tower building at St George Wharf south of the Thames in London. This is the building whose high altitude crane was apparently so shrouded in fog that a helicopter hit … Continue reading
From the London Independent. A list of the best coffeeshops in Britain. Places to look for if you don’t need your fix from Caffe Costabucks.
From France 24. A new museum devoted to the Holocaust has opened in Mechelen, Belgium on the site of a Nazi transfer camp that had been the last stop before Auschwitz-Birkenau.
From Oxford Mail. I think having a modestly-priced motor hotel near Oxford could be a great money-saver for those of us who don’t feel flush enough to book into the Randolph. I especially like the fact that it will be … Continue reading
From France 24. The giant girder-and-panel building called the Shard is now open. I don’t particularly care, but the article has information and prices regarding the observation desk. I’ll be curious to hear when the place becomes fully rented. What … Continue reading
From Deutsche Welle. An interactive map of Germany’s 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Just in case you were looking for an excuse to visit Germany sometime soon. I’ve only been to one, Cologne Cathedral and, oddly, it’s also the only … Continue reading
This weekend has minimal disruption on the Tube. Cannon Street station will be closed Saturday only. Partial line closures on District (between Plaistow and Upminster), Hammersmith/City (a couple of sections Liverpool St and Barking on Saturday only), the last few … Continue reading
Outdoor produce markets are a fixture throughout Europe and they are becoming more and more common in the US. The outdoor market in Ljubljana, Slovenia not only has row upon row of fruit, vegetable and flower vendors, but also basic … Continue reading
From the London Independent. New fares went into effect at the start of the year. British trains are the priciest in Europe. I find this article helpful because it cites sample fares that illustrate just how costly train tickets can … Continue reading
From the London Independent. Sacre bleu! Paris is falling in love with craft beers.
From France 24. Because the Vatican is out of compliance with Italian laws regarding money-laundering, the government has shut down credit card use in Vatican City. Of course, this may not last long, but it does make for an interesting … Continue reading
From France 24. Today (6 January, 2013) marks the 20th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev‘s death. This France 24 article is a remembrance of his genius and legacy. I saw him dance in Boston in 1966 or ’67. He was dancing … Continue reading
The last day of the Croatia-Slovenia tour I took in Sept 2012 included an excursion to Kumrovec, Croatia. Located in northern Croatia about 40 miles from Zagreb, it sits practically on the border with Slovenia. There is a modern town … Continue reading
From the London Independent. Floods notwithstanding – and there have been a LOT of them recently – here is a list of 50 winter walks grouped, helpfully, by region. Pull on those boots and get cracking!
The holidays are more or less over – January month-end sales still to come – and this weekend has minimal disruption on the Tube. Cannon Street station will be closed Saturday only. Partial line closures on District, Jubilee, Metropolitan and … Continue reading