Category Archives: Europe food & wine

St Norbert beer truck – photo

OK. I’m gonna try something new. My desire to blog has been pretty much non-existent for more than a year. Not what I envisioned when I started the thing and no real excuses to offer by way of explanation. Sooo… … Continue reading

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A day trip to Mostar

I’ve been working on this post on and off for a couple of years and could have sworn that I’d posted it already. Oops! I also confess that it’s longer than more recent posts; in any event, here it is. … Continue reading

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A charming evening in Radovljica, Slovenia

In the spirit of hoping to please some of you who are bored rigid with the steady diet of nothing but London Tube closures, I finally completed this post from a couple of years ago to keep you interested until … Continue reading

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Euro news from Prague Post – drink more cava

Not only did Prague Post publish photos of their tree lighting in Old Town Square – making me pine for the trip I took to see their Xmas markets a couple of years ago (see Facebook page) – they also … Continue reading

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Rotten news in Barcelona – visit and spend soon!

From the NY Times. Rent control is ending for hundreds of small shops and putting the Barri Gòtic and other neighborhoods in danger of becoming just another cluster of modern chains. The Old Town parts of Barcelona are what make it … Continue reading

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Greyfriars Bobby – a grave and a pub

This is another popular attraction in Edinburgh that took me 20-plus years to track down. The red granite headstone marking Bobby’s grave has only been here since 1981 which explains why it looks almost new. Various pictures I found online … Continue reading

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A wee dram and a tour of Highland Park, Orkney

Several years ago, I got a very useful introduction to single malt Scotch from the landlord at the Ensign Ewart pub, just down the hill from Edinburgh Castle. One of the malts I tried – and liked a lot – … 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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news from Prague – summer 2014

Here are a bunch of interesting tidbits with info on what’s going on in and around Prague – for those who don’t click on my Prague HOT LINK!! Some originally noted in Prague Post. Leave it to the Czechs to … Continue reading

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Random news from the Netherlands – summer 2014

A bunch of items from Dutch News. Though some of the articles came out several weeks ago, the news is still valid as far as I can find. Mopeds, helmets and bike lanes. A surprising find during restoration of a … 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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travel and food news roundup for Prague – spring and beyond 2014

From London Independent – a new 48 hours for Prague. The rest of these come from Prague Post. Take an interesting tour and get to know local food. Or visit Martin’s bistro for lunch, in Prague 3. And now, reappearing at … 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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Tchin-tchin! – Paris Beer Week 2014 is coming

From the Paris info website – As we say in New England – “Getcha beeah heeah”! What is really great about the event billed Paris Beer Week is that it runs from 24 May thru 11 June. Plenty of time to … 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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Alfresco dining in Grešna Gorica, Croatia

The final adventure of my Slovenia/Croatia tour a couple of years ago was dinner at Grešna Gorica, a Croatian “agriturismo” in the Zagorje region. After a visit to Kumrovec, Tito’s restored home town (see previous post), our bus took a small … Continue reading

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Roma restau opens in Slovenia

From France 24. A new coffeehouse featuring Roma (aka “gypsy”) food has opened in Maribor, in northeast Slovenia. Their motto is enticing – “Come hungry and with an open heart”.  photo by Jure Makovec on Yahoo, so you’ll recognize the place. … Continue reading

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A cozy harborside restaurant in Reykjavik

When I’m traveling, most of my meals (aside from breakfast which is usually included in the cost of the room) consist of sandwiches and snacks either in my room or on the go. At least once per trip, I splurge … Continue reading

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A wine craze in Austria

From Prague Post – a humble Austrian wine has suddenly skyrocketed in popularity and producers are having difficulty meeting demand. Probably need to visit Austria to try it, but maybe not. Something to look out for.

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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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Top Scotch whiskies

From London Independent. Ten top Scotches, a mix of single malts and blends. Blends? Really? I bought a nip of Highland Park in Edinburgh last month; quite nice but, admittedly, not the 25 year old stuff – more like 10 … Continue reading

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

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Champagne vending machine in London

An excerpt from a London Independent article on eating lobster described a fabulous (non-seafood) sighting in Selfridges, the London department store. To wit – = = = = The convenience of instant luxury crystals I love the idea of the … Continue reading

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Great pizza in Oxford

From Oxford Mail. Sounds too good to be true – a Milanese is pulling them in with his pizza and calzones at the White Rabbit, Oxford. The place used to be the Gloucester Arms. Maybe give it a try next … Continue reading

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Pay to park at one Oxford pub; no drinking zones in Prague

From Oxford Mail. Interesting news item – a pub with a pay&display parking lot. I don’t see a problem, unless there are a whole lot of patrons who aren’t spending £5 per visit to get their £2 parking fee refunded. Or … Continue reading

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Stuff to see (mostly) in London for autumn 2013 and gourmet getaways

From the London Independent. A serious list of fifty arts events and performances, live and recorded, mostly in and around London but there are a few for a day or a weekend away. Pick something and go! I’m a big … Continue reading

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The first keg is tapped for 2013 Oktoberfest in Munich

From Deutsche Welle. Oktoberfest 2013 has officially opened with the tapping of the first keg. Prost!

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