Category Archives: England

London transport info 2017 8-9 July

TfL (Transport for London) sends out a weekly email listing outages, strike updates and other information related to weekend works on public transport around the city and sometimes beyond. This travel blog got so cluttered with these that I stopped … Continue reading

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A new program from London TfL

I almost lengthened the title of this post editorially but decided against. Transport for London has launched a new effort to (possibly) make it easier for folks with physical or other difficulties to get a seat. It’s sad to think … Continue reading

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New offerings from Tours International for 2017

In addition to the terrific tours of Europe for military, historical, literary and garden buffs, take a look at these new listings. Click on the Tours Int’l link under HOT LINKS! to the right for a complete catalog. Some tours, … Continue reading

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London’s Roman amphitheatre

OK. This Roman ruin has very little left of it compared to the smaller-than-Colosseum structures in Arles, France or Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Those at least are complete; this one would require almost complete reconstruction and the removal of the entire Guildhall … Continue reading

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London Fire 1666

The Museum of London has a terrific exhibition commemorating the Great Fire of 1666 on its 350th anniversary. I took loads of photos but they didn’t do the show justice. The story needs more than just a couple of photos … Continue reading

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London transport info 2017 17-18 June

TfL (Transport for London) sends out a weekly email listing outages, strike updates and other information related to weekend works on public transport around the city and sometimes beyond. This travel blog got so cluttered with these that I stopped … Continue reading

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some updates on London transport – 2016

I found this article embedded in one of the TimeOut emails I get. Don’t think the report that buses are getting slower is either news or useful – who takes a bus to save time? – but the announcement about … Continue reading

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Tours International for 2016

Even though I have this tour company on my Hot Link list in the right-hand column, check out a few of their newest tours for 2016. Shakespeare Tour  in April – one of 6 literary tours on offer Downton Abbey … Continue reading

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Visiting Richard III in Leicester

If you are an Anglophile and/or history buff (both of which I am) and you haven’t read The King’s Grave, by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones, put it on your reading list. Ever since Richard III – or what was left … Continue reading

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Schlepping around Europe October 2015

Sorry, Folks! Once again, I was too cheap to replace my crummy tablet with something more useful so I’m having to rely on hotel wi-fi, which is sometimes excellent (last week in Zurich… gotta love that Swiss precision and efficiency!) … Continue reading

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Walking map for London Tube – handy on strike days like today (9 July 2015)

Walking times between Tube stations – good to know ANY time! From London Independent – hard to say how long the link will work, so maybe print one out when you get home? You never know when it could be … Continue reading

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Foyles spiffy new London bookshop

I went looking for a book that Waterstone’s didn’t have on my last trip to London. Traipsed up Charing X Rd to Foyles – the first time I’d been there since 1990 with Mom. The old location had a giant … Continue reading

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A sea of poppies at the Tower of London

My most recent trip was filled with a wide variety of experiences and locales. It will take a while to sort through the photos, journal notes and other hasty scribbles to make sense and produce some decent posts, especially since … Continue reading

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Magpie update – August / September 2014

In many ways, summer is possibly my least favorite season. Sure, there is no snow to shovel and late sunsets mean more time to be out and about. But, especially in terms of travel, summer is when I’m most likely … Continue reading

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Food news from Oxford and new rail station plans

A roundup of food and other news from Oxford Mail. Changes, perhaps not all for the best, coming to Oxford Rail Station. A more recent update from BBC news here. Oxford Kitchen restau.  The Rusty Bicycle for great pizzas and … Continue reading

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Dutch rail tickets and Heathrow’s runway plans

From Dutch News. Paper train tickets are being phased out this summer. Time to look into the alternatives. The chipkaart sounds similar to NYC’s Metro Cards and London’s Oyster card and should be easy to get. The tricky part may … Continue reading

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tidbits of UK travel news

From the London Independent.  A (very) modest hotel in Wales scores for customer service. Even thrifty old me could afford to stay here! I wonder how far in advance one needs to book? And here are a few ideas for … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous art news around Europe 2014

From London Independent – Matisse at the Tate Modern thru early September 2014. More Matisse at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris and a Matisse trail in Collioure in French Languedoc (aka French Catalunya). This last one sounds intriguing – see info at … Continue reading

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Duck and Waffle in London and some rums to try

From London Independent. A 24-hour restau on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, Bishopsgate, the Duck & Waffle is open all day and has amazing food. I probably would not have bothered posting this, but the name is curious, dontcha … Continue reading

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Get on your bike and visit Vikings in England – spring 2014

A collection of interesting exhibitions and other activities in and around London now that winter is finally gone… From France 24 – A British museum exhibit on Vikings through late June. From Oxford Mail. A bike route between Oxford and … Continue reading

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Assorted crumbs from the UK

OK, OK, so some of these have absolutely nothing to do with travel. But it’s my blog and these little items tickled my fancy (and Lord knows I need my fancy tickled as often as possible!) From the London Independent. … Continue reading

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Important updates on Masterpiece Mystery!

From London Independent. For those of us who are even more addicted to British murder mystery programs than to Downton Abbey – news that there will be more episodes of both Inspector Lewis AND Endeavour is really, really good! The … Continue reading

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Secret streets near Paddington

There are tons of cozy little streets all over London known as “mews”. On my daily stroll to Paddington station from my hotel last year, I passed a couple of these and decided I would looove to live on one … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day getaways in England and Scotland

From London Independent. Ten great places for that special weekend getaway. I especially like the gypsy caravan. Let’s hope none of them are plagued by the disastrous floods currently inundating the island.

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More Shakespeare for Trevor Nunn

From London Independent. Trevor Nunn has staged 30 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays and wants to do the rest before retiring. Something to look forward to!!

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London Tube strike updates – 11-14 February 2014

The strike set for tomorrow is likely to affect Tube services beginning around 9.30 pm, all the way ’til Friday morning. Oy! Nice that things are supposed to be “normal” come Valentine’s Day. Here is more information from TfL…

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London Tube more strike updates – February 2014

The strike set for today is likely to affect Tube services all the way ’til Friday; next week may be similarly dragged out. Here is more information from TfL…

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London Tube strike updates – February 2014

Sorry about slacking off the last couple of weeks with the Tube closures. Working on my blog with my tablet while on vaca can be a real pain, so I skipped it these past two weekends. Today and next Tuesday, … Continue reading

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winter walks around Britain

From the London Independent. Ten ideas for winter walks of varying lengths around Britain, from Wales and Cornwall to London and Scotland. I went on a woodsy walk in the Ashdown Forest (#8) years ago with Dad. It wasn’t quite … Continue reading

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The long skinny on London’s Circle Line

I found this online article explaining the history, problems and dreams regarding the Circle Line, one of London’s most useful Tube lines, especially if you’re the sort of person who wants to avoid changing trains as much as possible between point … Continue reading

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