Category Archives: General magpie travel

London Tube updates – 16-17 May 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Click here to see how lane closures along Victoria Embankment, among other locations, will foul traffic for the rest of the year. Fun fun fun! See the Hot Link on this … Continue reading

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Fun facts about London’s black cabs

Courtesy of cabbieblog.com … for some reason, I did not find a button for simple reposting, so click on the link and enjoy! Black cab facts    

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London Tube updates – 9-10 May 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. V-E celebrations will add to the activities and probably contribute some traffic snarls. Click here to see how London Westminster will mark the 70th anniversary of WWII’s end in Europe. … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 2-4 May 2015

Here’s the link with information on this bank holiday weekend’s Tube closures. Just a couple of glitches on the city center fringes on Overground and DLR. Wow! See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London … Continue reading

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Some online resources on gardens in the south of France

In response to a reader request for recommendations on gardens in the south of France, my only home resource, Secret Gardens of France, listed mostly private properties, almost all of which were near Lyon or farther north, so I did some … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 24-26 April 2015 and marathon info

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. City center running as normal BUT –   the London Marathon is on Sunday between Greenwich and the Mall beginning at 7 am and continuing until 7 pm (but keep … Continue reading

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London Tube and National Rail updates – Easter w/e 3-6 April 2015

Here’s the link with information on the Easter weekend’s Tube closures. Another mostly quiet weekend for those who want to use the system. See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London Transport network thru August … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 21-22 March 2015; accessibility improvements

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Another mostly quiet weekend. See the Hot Link on this blog page for planned closures on the London Transport network thru August 2015. Click here for the latest info on accessibility … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 7-8 March 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Weekend work is cranking up. Check here for the latest info on a possible strike action late Saturday, 7 March thru early Sunday morning. See the Hot Link for planned closures … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 28 February – 1 March 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Not much going on but there are some major changes coming up. In addition, ticket windows are being shut but it’s unclear if this is a permanent change or just … Continue reading

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London bus strike on Tuesday

Terrible way to kick off the new year… skipped the Tube updates for this past weekend. Click here, however, for the latest on the bus strike set for tomorrow.  

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current updates for London Tube – holiday season 2014-15

The Christmas holidays usually mean reduced services; click on the link here and hover your mouse over the colored blocks to see the Planned Works for Christmas week/end. In general – see LIVE STATUS UPDATES – maybe load it into your … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – holiday season 2014-15

The Christmas holidays usually mean reduced services; click on the link here and hover your mouse over the colored blocks to see the Planned Works for Christmas week/end. Everything is running normally now (yahoo) until Christmas Day when the whole … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 29-30 November 2014 and possible strike on Monday

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Not much going on with the exception of a possible one day strike on Monday, 1 December on the Northern line. Central line – Woodford to Epping shut both days Bakerloo … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 22-23 November 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Not much going on… Metropolitan line – Aldgate to Northbridge and Uxbridge shut both days Jubilee line – Waterloo to Wembley outage – Saturday only; Waterloo to Stanmore is down on Sunday only … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 15-16 November 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Due to all the events for Remembrance weekend, TfL is recommending use of public transport. Bakerloo line – not running from Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone Sunday only Central line … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 8-9 November 2014

A new announcement regarding road improvements and possibly increased safety for cyclists. Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Due to all the events for Remembrance weekend, TfL is recommending use of public transport. If you’re in … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – accessibility and contactless payment

Here is the newest info on accessibility changes to the Tube system. Transport for London is continuing to roll out support for contactless bank cards for fare payment. Here’s the link for the latest on this topic. Although the website … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 1-2 November 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. I apologize for skipping last week’s notes; I’m sure no one missed it. Bakerloo line is not running from Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone from Wednesday thru Sunday Circle line … 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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London Tube updates – 18-19 October 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. NOTE: The Tube strike scheduled for next week has been called off. This was last week! Bakerloo line is not running from Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone on Sunday Work … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 11-12 October 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. NOTE: The Tube strike scheduled for next week has been called off. Bakerloo line won’t be running from Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone on Sunday District line will be shut between … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 4-5 October 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Latimer Rd station is closed for the weekend Bakerloo line not running between Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone on Sunday District line will be shut between Turnham Green and Richmond both days Jubilee … Continue reading

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A surprise at US Passport Control

To some extent I expect – or at least look for – what’s different when I revisit foreign destinations, especially London. I try to spend at least a few days there very year and, at the very least, make time … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 27-28 September 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Chancery Lane station will be shut on Sunday only. Circle Line is down between Gloucester Road to Aldgate via Victoria. Similarly, the District line will be shut between South Kensington and Aldgate East … Continue reading

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London Tube set for all-night weekend service – September 2015

From London Independent, but will look for more info from TfL. I’m looking forward to experiencing this development in London’s (possible) evolution to a 24/7 city, at least on weekends. Night buses will presumably still be a big part of after-hours … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 22 September bus strike called off

TfL has just announced that the bus strike set for this Monday, 22 September, has been averted so only the normal weekday headaches will prevail.  

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London Tube updates – 20-21 September 2014 and possible bus strike

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. *** The bus strike planned for all day Friday into the wee hours of Saturday morning has been called off. The strike on Monday is currently set to go on … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 13-14 September 2014

In addition to the usual construction and rehabbing disruptions, this Sunday sees the Tour of Britain in London, a bicycle race of 88 km through Whitehall, Westminster and the City. Click on the Tour link to get the route map, should … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – w/e of 30-31 August

This weekend sees only a few closures – the Chancery Lane station on the Central line is shut, Jubilee line is closed between Waterloo and Stanmore No service on the Metropolitan line between Aldgate and Northbridge/ Uxbridge; Piccadilly line will … Continue reading

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