Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Last of England

My final day in London was to include attending a big Oktoberfest bash that was co-sponsored by two famous Munich breweries. However, the Friday event was cancelled just as I was about to leave for it (thank goodness for text … Continue reading

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London’s Libraries and Museums

I spent yesterday riding London’s excellent “tube” system and visiting museums. I got a shock early on, though, when I bought an “one-day off-peak” travel card for the metro and discovered the price had gone from 5.6 pounds to 12 … Continue reading

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Visiting Oxford and Reading

I hopped on a westbound train yesterday and rode out to Oxford for my traditional visit. I got a shock when I found that Far From the Madding Crowd, the CAMRA Pub of the Year a few years ago and … Continue reading

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Returning to England

I had a relatively nice train ride from Amsterdam yesterday to London. “Relatively” because on the leg to Brussels I had to sit with my back to the direction of travel, which I dislike. On the French Thalys train web … Continue reading

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A Visit to the ‘t IJ Brewery

No, I’m not exactly sure how that’s pronounced either, but no visit to Amsterdam is complete without a stop at this great craft brewery.    It’s located right beneath the last remaining windmill in Amsterdam, where the original brewer used … Continue reading

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Venice End Notes

It’s a very foggy morning here in Amsterdam and a fine time to finish a few left-over thoughts from my visit to Venice.  I cannot emphasize enough how difficult it is to get around Venice with a suitcase in tow. … Continue reading

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A Very Bad Air Travel Day

Here’s how my 1 hour and 35 minute flight from Venice to Amsterdam became a stress-filled, 12-hour journey.  I made a rookie mistake and failed to check on my flight status before leaving my hotel. This is really an important … Continue reading

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The Cicchetti Crawl

Now here’s a nice Venetian tradition: cicchetti, Venice’s answer to tapas. These tasty treats, each 2-3 bites and made with today’s fresh ingredients, are on offer at bars across the city. You have one or two, with a small glass … Continue reading

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