Monthly Archives: October 2012

Beer List for 2012 Travels

Here are the beverages I enjoyed during my 2012 trip. They're listed as “Beer Name (Brewery) ABV%”. Munich: Oktoberfest Bier (Augustiner) 6.0% Oktoberfest Bier (Paulaner) 6.0% Oktoberfest Bier (Spaten) 6.0% Paris: Le Guillotine (Huyghe) 8.6% – Belgian strong pale ale … Continue reading

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The Borough Market and Heading Home

I meant to comment ealier on my EuroStar ride from Paris to London. It remains a wonderful trip, clearly superior to the same journey by plane, if a little more expensive. The idea of passing under the English Channel has … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Room Safe

Today was my day for visiting the British Museum, which is always a treat. They have a great permanent collection, of course, and many special exhibitions. I had a ticket for one these, Shakespeare: Staging The World. As usual, the … Continue reading

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The Common Cold, A Visit To Reading, and WiFi

My arrival in London coincided with the onset of a massive head cold, so my activities have slowed a bit. Luckily, British pharmacies have all the usual OTC cold symptom relievers and so one of my first stops was my … Continue reading

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The Eiffel Tower

For my final day in Paris, I rushed around a bit, starting with a visit to that Parisian landmark, Le Tour Eiffel. It was a beautiful day and the tower stood out against a nice blue sky. After all these … Continue reading

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Of Movies and La Guillotine

Another fine day of cold rain in Paris, the so-called City of Light. It's Sunday, and what with this weather, the natives and tourists alike are hunkered down. I idled the morning away reading Bring Up The Bodies, the latest … Continue reading

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No Wine But Plenty of Vegetables

So, a rainy Saturday morning in Paris. After a light breakfast at the local Cafe Richard's, I set out for Montmartre for the Fete des Vendanges, the big party celebrating the year’s grape harvest. It's said that wine from local … Continue reading

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In Lovely Paris

I've arrived safely in Paris and am installed at the Elysa Luxembourg Hotel in the 5th Arrondissement (aka The Latin Quarter), near the Sorbonne university. All the sticky parts of my multi-mode travel today (boat-plane-train) went amazingly smoothly and left … Continue reading

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Venice Finale

Last night I saw the terrific Virtuosi di Venzia performance (stock photo at left): an eight-person chamber orchestra, supporting a tenor and a soprano as they sang a dozen arias from Vivaldi, Handel, Puccini, and Verdi. All performed in a … Continue reading

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Into Each Canal, A Little Rain Must Fall

A light rain is falling in Venice today. Just a mist that makes you get the umbrella out and then feel dumb carrying it. Until you see the passing wet heads and wonder why they didn't think to bring an … Continue reading

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