Category Archives: Europe 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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OMG – The Food!

I had lunch today at the Taverna San Trovaso, near the southern end of the Accademia Bridge. I try to have at least one meal here every time I visit Venice because it’s so reliably good.  What you’re looking at … Continue reading

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The Doge’s Palace and More

I’ve passed the Doge’s Palace many times in my Venice visits and finally went in for this first time today. This was where the elected head of the Venetian Republic (the Doge) lived and where the governing councils met. A … Continue reading

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