Header photo – Amsterdam harbor on the IJ looking east past the cruise port / Border photo – Stuðlaberg, columnar basalt, Iceland
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Category Archives: European music
This is not, strictly speaking, a travel post. I went to the movies near home recently to see a ballet but enjoyed the broadcast so much I decided to blog about it. See… my two favorite performance disciplines are live … Continue reading
Tattoo – a corruption of a Dutch phrase commanding a pub to close for the night so the soldiers can be sent back to barracks. The word also was used to allude to military music practice and now refers to elaborate … Continue reading
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
From the NY Times – a newish festival in the Azores is gaining in popularity.
From Prague Post. The program for September’s Dvořák Festival in Prague is shaping up. Start making plans and get your tickets now!
Here are a couple of stories from Dutch news from last month… The Hermitage’s Amsterdam location is now home to thirty Golden Age paintings by Rembrandt et al., similar to his masterpiece The Night Watch, which lives at the Rijksmuseum … Continue reading
In addition to taking day trips into the phenomenal countryside on my visit to Iceland in January, I was lucky enough to catch a classical concert at Harpa, Reykjavik’s new concert hall, open since May of 2011. The Iceland Symphony … Continue reading
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
Italy sounds like the most romantic destination. The name conjures images of wine and cheese, pastoral sunsets, pizza and pasta, cypress-dotted countryside and Renaissance art and architecture, not to mention movies and movie stars that glam up the image. You’d … Continue reading
From the London Independent. A new jewelry exhibition at the Museum of London opens in October for the now-named Cheapside Hoard. Dates from 11 Oct 2013 – 27 April 2014. Looks stunning. In Lisbon, the architecture triennale from mid-September thru mid-December. … Continue reading
From France 24. Take a boat out onto the lake in the Bois de Vincennes. And here’s a list of all sorts of summer activities throughout France indoors and out.
From the London Independent. Adventure weekends around the UK. Plan a trip down to Portsmouth for the newly opened of the Mary Rose museum. Rembrandts and more sneak over to Bath’s Holburne museum from the Royal Collection. From Prague Post. … Continue reading
From France 24. A set of new bells arrived this week at Notre Dame in Paris. The medieval church celebrates 850 years and the bells should be in place to ring out for the first time during Easter week. Happy … 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