Triptrop

Travelling in NYC

See http://www.triptropnyc.com/

nycmetro cc by-sa 2.0

They say “extraordinarily pretty subway maps from anywhere to everywhere in new york city”.

The author documents his technology. I wonder how hard it’d be to build a house price database

The author says

As for the programming bits, it was a rag-tag team of scripts consisting of Ruby, Python (NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib), PHP, and ImageMagick all popped onto a couple hundred EC2 instances, running computations on a few gigs of MySQL tables. Distances and image overlays were precomputed for about 128k points in NYC and then moved over to S3 for safekeeping. Web stuff is all Sinatra and (of course) Google Maps. Datawise, station-to-station commute time is from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and walking calculations are via Manhattan distance at 3mph.

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Keywords: Visualisation, Geography, NYC, travel, HTML, Technology

Brussels

I have and shall be was visiting Brussels on a regular basis. This page was copied accross from the v3 wiki in the early summer of 2013. I had stopped visiting Brussels for business in 2009, but on 4th August 2013, Starwood Hotels spammed me with notice of new and old hotels. I decided to revise the page. I have changed the tense in this paragraph, I put some linkrolls in for hotels and restaurants and links to the photos. Most of the what I say here is now getting dated.

EUCommissionHQ

More of my pictures are here….

About Hotels

Hotels in Brussels during the working week are expensive. I have at the moment a very long list of hotels on my del.icio.us tag list and on my google map. I am looking for an acceptably priced hotel near Rond Point Schuman, or on Metro Line 1 with internet access. The *** Hotels I have tried do not have either internet, nor mini bars, and while I am not desperate for booze during the night, it is nice to have some water.

My Brussels Map

This is the Google Map, I have focussed it on the Rond Point Schuman, in the European Quarter.



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Hotels

  • Sofitel; list prices are not cheap, but located on the Place Jourdain in the European Quarter, near the Berlaymont and Rond Point Schuman.
  • Carrefour d’Europe, a Best Western near the Gare Centrale. On metro route 1 and the train to Zaventem. I have never stayed here since its always full and I book late.
  • Le Meridien, a Starwood Group hotel, again near the Gare Centrale. Nice but pricey, often full if one books late.

More Hotels

  • Comfort Art Hotel Siru, well written about in the Rough Guide, which is right about the decoration, but has no internet, let alone broadband. (I only stayed there one night because if this, I was on business and this was unacceptable.) The mini bar was empty and a dispensing machine on the 6th floor was recommended. This had no water. It is above the Saint Germain Brasserie, which is nice, with good service. This is a 3* Hotel. The bathroom was huge and had a bath. Breakfast is served in the Brasserie. It is located on Place Rogier, so near the Gare du Nord and on Metro 2. Some might consider this hotel in an unnecessarily exciting and colourful part of town.
  • I should try the Hilton Brussels, while I have a gold card, its interestingly located on the edge of the old town near to “Louise” and the “European Quarter”. Its pinned on the Map above.
  • I stayed in the “NH City Centre” once, good restaurant, smallish but adequate room, broadband internet, great views from the room I had, the location needs exploring, and it wasn’t so well located for the business I had.

Restaurants & Hotels

  • Check out the Rough Guide

Things to do

  • You can visit the European Parliament building.
  • The pictures in the Musee des Belle Artes.
  • The awesome Grand Place
  • The Winterfest in St. Catherine’s.

Bristol

Off to Bristol, for the University of Bristol OSUM ‘Hackathon’.

I decided to visit friends at the same time and stayed am staying at the Hotel Mercure Brigstow in the city centre. The area seems lively with a large choice of restaurants and pubs which might be best booked in advance on a Saturday night, especially later in the year. I visited in March.

None of the city centre hotel in my and Sun’s price list have car parks, so NCP win out again. Many of the streets seem restricted as well, including the University although parking is free at the University on Sunday.



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San Francisco

I have worked for Californian based companies twice, and visited San Francisco a number of times. Sun Microsystems moved its training conference from San Francisco to Las Vegas and so my time in San Francisco became limited to the airport. I can’t remember when and why I stuck this page up, nor why Fodors was quoted so extensively. Later visits to Norcal were centred around Sun’s, now Facebook’s HQ in Menlo Park; I stayed in Palo Alto, usually at the Sheraton, which was in spitting distance of the train station, which I came to use if travelling alone. Continue reading “San Francisco”

Valancia

We visited Valencia in Sept. 2009. One of the sights we visited was the Americas Cup port and museum. The showdown between Alinghi and BMW/Oracle will now take place off the port of Valencia in February 2010. You can see my pictures in this Valencia set on flickr. The page notes the 2010 America’s cup match which Oracle won 3-0 and my notes on how to get there, this an next time. Continue reading “Valancia”

Little Ship Club

South of the Island Rally 2009

Lymington to Bembridge, with overnight stays at both ports.

Train from Petersfield to Lymington, leave Petersfield at 11 minutes past the hour

Sat 02 May

  • Petersfield (PTR) to Havant (HAV) 12:11 -> 0:15 -> 12:26
  • Havant (HAV) to Southampton Central (SOU) 12:37 -> 0:42 ->13:19
  • Southampton Central (SOU) to Brockenhurst (BCU) 13:30 -> 0:21 -> 13:51
  • Brockenhurst (BCU) to Lymington Pier (LYP) 13:59 ->0:10 -> 14:09

Monday 04 May

Bus to Ryde, then Hovercraft and Train from Pompey on Monday, which is a Bank Holiday

Their web site, http://littleshipclub.co.uk/

London

A city I know well so maybe I should share some stuff with you.

London-w650

The page was probably created as something my US colleagues might refer to, although I never put a “Hotels” linkroll on the page. I was also playing with an ambition to spend a Citybreak in London, I had lived there for many years before moving to Hampshire, and always said to myself that it was great to visit the museums, theatres, concerts and cimemas, but never did. This page was not updated between Feb 2009 and June 2013, although both my google maps and flickr sites were. On this page, I have a google map of my places in the ‘City’ and West End, although it expands to all over the world; it’s my “saved places” map, and I now have a South London & City map which is more up to date.

I also have some links to my old bookmarks and I also point at my public photos on Flickr.

Places

Firstly, a google map, with placemarks for places to eat and things to do. N.B. I rarely stay in a Hotel and so there are non marked.

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Links, tags and piccies

I originally tracked pubs, restaurants and other things about London on delicious, but the service has been gone for a long time. I rescued some of them and hold them in an rss file called London-bookmarks.

This wiki now has a London tag.

My London set at flickr is here….

Madrid

I have set up a google map called About Madrid, and I visited it in order to attend a NESSI Steering Committee in January 2008. This is the first time this century that I have been here, my previous visit was in the 1980’s. My few pictures are on flickr. I returned in Oct 2008, and populated the maps with some more landmarks. I’d like to return sometime without a business agenda. Here are my pictures! Continue reading “Madrid”

Mecklenburg-Lower Pomerania

I hope to travel on a holiday along the German Baltic coast sometime. I shall use my trusty ‘Rough Guide to Germany’ as my first and last reference book. Originally written in 2008, and still not done in 2018, but there’s still time, although I have got rid of the Rough Guide as it was out of date by then. Continue reading “Mecklenburg-Lower Pomerania”