Tag Archives: European festivals

My visit to Munich’s Oktoberfest

Like many people, I’ve wanted to visit Oktoberfest for a long time. This year I got my chance. After arriving in Salzburg, Austria at 5am on the night train from Slovenia, I shoved my luggage into a locker, bought a … Continue reading

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Organ recital festival this weekend in Kutná Hora.

From Prague Post. A big weekend of organ music starts today in Kutna Hora, an hour south of Prague.

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Battle of Borodino reenacted in Russia

From France 24. Ignoring the fact that Putin appeared at this year’s re-enactment of the 1812 Battle of Borodino, this could be a fun travel event. It’s held annually on Sept 7th. France also had some dignitaries present, which is … Continue reading

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Oktoberfest 2012 in Munich – coming soon

Uh-oh! While researching trains between Croatia and Germany, I came across the Munich Oktoberfest website. The dates overlap the days when I hope to be in Germany. This could turn out to be a dangerous trip for some unexpected reasons! Time … Continue reading

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Beer on the brain – British beer festivals and a tasting list

I found this calendar of beer events in Britain. I’m especially curious about the Bricklayers Arms in Putney. They describe themselves on their website as a year-round beer festival. That could be very dangerous! They are also a good ten minute … Continue reading

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Heading into the home stretch – Olympic traffic updates for Friday, 10 August

Here is the TfL disruption link for Friday, 10 August. From TfL… 3 days to go: There are only 3 more days before the Olympic Games finish on Sunday evening. Thank you for your support so far; this has helped us get … Continue reading

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Let’s try this again – Olympic traffic updates for Wednesday, 8 August

Here is the TfL disruption map for Wednesday, 8 August. There are a few tabs, depending on whether you’re interested in road, rail or Tube info and the maps are very helpful.

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How busy is London this month, really?

From France 24. London businesses were concerned that the Olympics would be the only big moneymakers in August and would keep locals away who feared citywide gridlock. They may have been right to worry. Sky-high hotel rates probably don’t help. I … Continue reading

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Olympics in London – traffic updates for Sunday, 5 August

This is the last blog post regarding traffic updates for the Olympics. I have been posting links to my emails from TfL (Transport for London) but the links don’t work. The link below leads to the generic getaheadofthegames website and, … Continue reading

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Olympics in London – traffic updates for Saturday, 4 August

The latest updates on Olympics-related traffic issues for Saturday, 4 August, mostly in and around London. I’m not paying close attention, but it seems as though the same venues are listed every day, as well as the same slow spots … Continue reading

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Hague Masquerade on 31 August, 2012

From DutchNews. The last day of August is the date for the Hague Masquerade, a big fancy dress (costumed) dance party. From what I can find, this is the second more-or-less annual edition of this fascinating event. Another intriguing non-touristy … Continue reading

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Multiple weekends of music at the International Music Festival in Český Krumlov

From Prague Post. Český Krumlov’s International Music Festival started last weekend and continues through August 18th, Thursdays thru Saturdays with an occasional Sunday scheduled. Opera, classical music, fun activities for kids and a brewery garden for the grown-ups when they need … Continue reading

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The latest traffic updates and tips for 2012 summer Olympics

According to London Transport, Monday will be one of the busiest for the Games. There getaheadofthegames website will have all the latest. The next few days have the following hotspots, according

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Music festival coming in August near Oxford

From Oxford Mail.  Chalgrove music festival on the first weekend in August. Sounds like it’ll be a blast (there’s a beer tent, after all).

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Get traffic updates for 2012 summer Olympics around the UK

London Transport has a website with current information on traffic issues now that the Olympics activities has begun. There is more to the Olympics rash than the scrum in London over the next couple of weeks. There is also the … Continue reading

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weekend craziness in and around London for 21-22 July and beyond

Things are getting wild, with just one week to go before the opening Olympic Games hoopla. Click here to find out about the torch relay that starts in Greenwich at 7.30 am and concludes in Waltham at 7.30 pm this Saturday: … Continue reading

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Upcoming festivals in Edinburgh

Just my luck that my vacation plans didn’t include checking these out first. The Jazz and Blues fest starts Friday, followed by the Arts festival, the Military Tattoo, Fringe, International Festival, Book Festival. These overlap from early August thru early September. … Continue reading

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San Fermin starts and bulls score some “points”

From France 24. The Running of the Bulls 2012 saw some injuries to a few goofballs. Check this link for the festival calendar. San Fermin runs through the 14th.

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Floriade is coming – Netherland’s horticultural expo

Floriade, the Netherland’s big horticultural expo, only shows up once every ten years. 2012 is the year. Plants and trees, new growing methods, environmental improvements and more. It runs from 5 April thru 7 October. Click on the link for … Continue reading

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