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Monthly Archives: December 2013
Higgins Armory Museum closes and an old memory reawakens
The Higgins Armory Museum, in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been in existence for more than eighty years. It is basically one man’s collection of armor, weapons, clothing, stained glass and banners in a reproduction Gothic setting spread across several floors in … Continue reading
Souvenirs from King’s / Queen’s Day in Amsterdam 2013
King’s Day / Queen’s Day in Amsterdam in 2013 was a once-in-a-lifetime combination affair – the reigning queen stepped down and her son became king. Two for the price of one. Despite having no vested interest in the ceremonies, I … Continue reading
craft beermaking growing in Germany
From France 24. The craft beer trend so well-established in the US has come to Germany. This could require some essential on-site research in the near future!
lots of New Zealand wine from 2013 harvest
From France 24. New Zealand expects a bumper wine crop this year. No mention of the quality; I wonder how it will play out against other years? I’ve gotten hooked on NZ Sauvignon Blancs in the past couple of years. … Continue reading
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tolls on foreign cars possible on German roads
From Deutsche Welle. There’s a possibility that foreign cars will be singled out to pay tolls on German roads by 2015. I assume rental cars will get caught in that net, but we’ll have to wait and see. I don’t … Continue reading
London travel updates for the 2013-14 holidays
Transport for London (TfL) has issued its notices for closures and other changes which cover the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The only closure for this weekend (21-22 Dec) is the Sunday closure of the Waterloo and City line; why … Continue reading
High speed rail link between Paris and Barcelona
From France 24. Great news for train lovers – a faster train connection between Barcelona and Paris has just opened. Fast is kinda relative; not so much cutting off tons of time (only 20 minutes faster than previously) as eliminating a … Continue reading
London Tube closures weekend of 14-15 Dec 2013
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Snoozing towards the holidays. Northern line – early Sunday morning only – Camden Town to Edgware DLR – Canning Town to Beckton London Overground – Sunday – Sydenham to Crystal Palace Edgware Rd station is scheduled … Continue reading
Quails for dinner at the Space Station
From France 24. This story relates to a rather far-flung destination, and one I don’t anticipate experiencing. But I got a kick out of the headline – it immediately reminded me of a Muppet sketch – “Pigs in Space”. Wrong … Continue reading
Roman road found in Utrecht, Netherlands
From Dutch News. A road dating from Roman times has been dug up in central Utrecht while building work was being carried out. Ancient Roman ruins don’t immediately come to mind as elements of Dutch history, which makes the news … Continue reading
London Tube closures weekend of 7-8 Dec 2013
Here are the Tube closures for this weekend. Quieter and quieter. Weds, 4 Dec through Sunday on London Tramlink – Sandilands to New Addington Northern line – early Sunday morning only – Camden Town to Edgware DLR – Sunday only – Bank/Tower … Continue reading
Czech National Gallery to return monastic artwork
From Prague Post. Several extremely valuable and important paintings that have been living in the Czech National Gallery will be returned to their monastic owners according to restitution law. However, they won’t be going anywhere for at least ten years … Continue reading
Dutch railways removing yellow timetable boards
From Dutch News. The giant yellow timetable signboards have been a hallmark of Dutch rail stations for ages. Nowadays, with so many passengers checking the up-to-the-minute digital signs or using online apps for trip planning, the yellow timetables have been … Continue reading
A new market in Sheffield aims to be the Borough Market of the North
From the London Independent. The first outdoor food market in ten years opens in Sheffield. Will it have the quality, variety and appeal of London’s Borough Market? Time will tell. Not what you’d call an easy visit from London, but if … Continue reading
Cold War era bunker opened at Prague hotel
From Prague Post. Prague’s Jalta Hotel has opened its top-secret Communist-era bunker to interested visitors two days each week. Admission is €3. Pre-booking is required. This should be on the list for your/my next visit. Join the queue!
Top (mini) mince pies for 2013 – yummm!
From the London Independent. If you’re hanging around London for the Xmas holidays, here’s a handy list of packaged (mini) mince pies to top off your holiday meal/s!