Category Archives: travel advice

BA short haul to charge for food

I know people who fly British Airways regularly, mostly trans-Atlantic. Be aware though, folks – BA’s short haul flights won’t include food, so keep your sterling handy or bring your own snacks. I’m tempted to advise bringing high-aroma foods (I’ve … Continue reading

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Piccadilly line 1 day strike – 23 March 2016

Looks like the 1 day strike on the Piccadilly line is going ahead today. It will start at 21.00 on Wednesday, and continue until 21.00 on Thursday. TfL says that the trains will run until 22.30 on Weds PM – … Continue reading

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old but helpful Dutch rail card news

The old paper tickets are obsolete on Dutch trains. Now you need a smart card, called the OV-chipkaart. Similar to NYC’s Metro card or the London Oyster and Travel cards, these can be bought as either single use or multi-use, … 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 – 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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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 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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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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No more cash on London buses!

No, this does not mean that buses are free, but it’s just another sign that tourists and old farts need a rethink when boarding a London bus. Beginning this Sunday – 6 July, 2014, bus fares cannot be paid with … Continue reading

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London Tube closures Easter weekend 18-21 April 2014

Here’s is info on the Tube work for this weekend. The “weekend” is an extended one for works issues – Thursday thru Monday, since it’s Easter weekend. How civilized to have a holiday weekend that lasts more than just two and … Continue reading

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London Tube closures weekend of 12-13 April 2014

This Sunday is the London Marathon, which likely explains why pretty much the entire Tube system will be up and running. There are, however, changes to the bus schedules in places, as well as road congestion. Click on the link above … Continue reading

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London Tube closures weekend of 5-6 April 2014

TfL is getting fancy – weekly disruption notices now include information beyond just the Tube lines such as roads and those blue hire bikes (do I have to advertise the Barclays label??). Here’s the list of the Tube work for this weekend. … Continue reading

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WWI unexploded shell goes off near Ypres, Belgium

From several sources a couple of weeks ago. Unexploded munitions from both World Wars lurk, barely buried, particularly in northern regions of Europe. Sadly, this is not a rare occurrence even a century after that first conflict. The reason I … 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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Travel mindset advice from Rick Steves

From Rick’s email news. Rick Steves is one of my favorite travel guys, especially since his primary focus is Europe. Here is a great description of one facet of his travel philosophy. Take it in and add it to your … Continue reading

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