Tag Archives: news from Europe

Air and rail disruptions in western Europe today

This from Deutsche Welle – Düsseldorf airport strikes will result in delays and cancellations. And from the Beeb – heavy snow is causing problems at Frankfurt airport and even on Eurostar. Mind you, what they call heavy snow over there is, … Continue reading

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Nefertiti in Berlin now thru April 2013

From France 24. Berlin celebrates centenary of discovery of Nefertiti bust.

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Louvre opens a new branch in Lens

From Deutsche Welle. A new branch of Paris’s Louvre is opening in the northern mining town of Lens. If you are in France after December 12, 2012, stop in.

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Visit Oxfordshire and (maybe) see a wallaby

From Oxford Mail. Wallabies seen in Oxfordshire. It’s certainly cheaper than flying Down Under if you want to see one. Maybe someone could round them up and have a wallaby park?

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Deli and pubs with new life near Oxford

From Oxford Mail. Two pubs that have been closed for a while are finally open for business again under new owners. One is near Woodstock, the other near Chipping Norton. Cheers! There’s also a restau in Abingdon who has opened … Continue reading

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Virgin Atlantic awarded short haul slots from Heathrow

I got an email from Virgin Atlantic about this. Here is a link to the news as reported in the London Telegraph. Yahoo! (I love Virgin).

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Nutella crisis in France

From France 24. A proposed tax on one of Nutella’s main ingredients could cause a price increase. Quel horreur! This is the French equivalent to a price increase on Oreos or Coca Cola here, I think.

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Rugby news – France beats Australia

From France 24. Sounds amazing to me, but there it is. France gave the Aussies an absolute thrashing for the first time in 7 years.

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Sheep at work at Blenheim Palace

From Oxford Mail. Blenheim Palace’s sheep are now producing wool for a green scheme, in addition to their lambs. And here I was thinking all they did was keep the grass down to save on landscaping costs!

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Rotterdam to Antwerp – high speed train only

From DutchNews. A heads-up if you are planning a trip soon which includes taking the train between Rotterdam and Antwerp – the only train beginning on 9 December will be the (expensive) high-speed Fyra train.  Budget accordingly.

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New easyJet routes from the UK

For those who don’t know, easyJet is a cheapo carrier that flies from the UK to lots of destinations in continental Europe. The planes are small, the seats don’t recline, the food and drink is not free and there are … Continue reading

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air passenger rights update in Europe

From Deutsche Welle a few weeks ago. Air passenger rights when European flights are cancelled are being improved.

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train prices and schedules between Netherlands and Belgium

High speed rail services between A’dam and Brussels will boost prices by almost 30%. Yikes! From DutchNews.  US tourists would do well to double-check prices from RailEurope in case there are savings to be had there. Then there is the … Continue reading

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Fruit-flavored Czech beer? Really?

From Prague Post. OK. I could see a lime wedge on your summer beer (did you know this was not for flavor but to keep the flippin’ flies away?) And I sampled some kriek (cherry flavored beer) last time I … Continue reading

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a new hotel atop Mont Blanc in France not quite ready for guests

From France 24. A brand new, high altitude hotel on Mont Blanc in the French Alps has some issues that will prevent it opening as expected. There’s been a fire, malfunctioning solar cooling systems. My first thought is – are … Continue reading

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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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Plum jam to get next time I’m in London

From Oxford Mail. A small local producer of fruit jams has finally accepted Fortnum & Mason’s invitation. Everything sounds yummy, so I’ll be looking to get some in London, even if the only flavor at F&M is the plum conserve.

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Gevrey-Chambertin chateau and vines sold to Chinese tycoon

From London Independent. A Chines casino zillionaire has bought a very prestigious Burgundy chateau. According to Wikipedia, Gevrey-Chambertin produces 8 of 33 grand cru wines in the region. My first thought upon reading the headline was whether we would have … Continue reading

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The Netherlands needs more free houses to provide better beer choices for customers – discuss

From DutchNews. A heads-up for beer lovers looking for more in Holland than Heineken and Grolsch (Grolsch now owned by SAB Miller). Pooey. Beer prices are rising and affecting many landlords because their pubs and cafes are essentially properties renting … Continue reading

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Sweden’s parachuting teddy bears over Belarus

This story is already weeks old, but I had to paste this photo from Deutsche Welle‘s newsmail. The Belarus government is fuming over the dropped teddy bears, an event sponsored by some Swedes. The Belarus brass claims international interference in … 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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April in France – a new baguette from McDonald’s

From France 24. It’s a long way off, but if you’re in France in April, keep an eye out for Le McBaguette. It looks and sounds pretty good. I might be tempted to try it, except for a recently developed … Continue reading

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A new coffee chain set to open in the UK

Coffee is not the first food group that springs to mind when I visit the UK, but I usually manage to slurp down an espresso at either Costa Coffee or some other chain during my stays. From the London Independent … 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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Upping the speed limit on the Netherland’s widest highway

Night time speed limit may be raised for widest highway in Netherlands.

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Breaking up the lines at customs and immigration at Heathrow

OK, here’s one I didn’t know they needed – separate lines at London Heathrow  for incoming visitors depending on whether they need a visa to enter the UK. I don’t know how much difference it will make when multiple flights … Continue reading

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A cautionary tale for taxi-takers in Europe

I have taken taxis in London (not part of the survey in the article) and Barcelona. In both cases, the meter was on and I feel I was charged fairly, though I didn’t understand the joke on the radio the … Continue reading

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New connections between the US and Copenhagen on SAS

From SAS email New route between San Francisco and Copenhagen – Outbound “… fly 6 times a week from San Francisco to Copenhagen. Departures will be daily, except Tuesdays, (SK936) departing at 5.35 pm and arriving

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Big beer news – Czech Bud victory

From Prague Post. Czech Budweiser can call itself just that in the U.K. Take that, Anheuser!

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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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