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 2013
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!