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Derain

Derain

I can’t remember where I saw it, but I was impressed/taken by one of his pool of London pictures. I wonder where they are best seen? Here are my notes. …

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Europe by Train

Europe by Train

As I plan more travel for 2023, the train is looking more and more comfortable. It’s not cheaper yet but sometimes with Eurostar, an interail ticket is cheaper than Eurostar’s prices, particularly if I want to travel on. Here are some notes and links. …

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Cruising

Cruising

A friend went on a river cruise and I thought that sounded fun. So I did some looking up. They’re not cheap at over £400 day, the Danube is more expensive than the Rhine; some prices exclude the journey there and back. Food and drink is often included, but they have several ways of getting more money from you, a single’s supplement and room size being the obvious ones. One week is cheaper than two. 😆 This is going to have to wait.

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Denmark and Copenhagen

Denmark and Copenhagen

Last weekend we made a quick trip to Copenhagen to visit people and the city. We flew from Heathrow since sadly there were no flights from LCY.

We crossed the Bridge by train, to Malmo and saw signs to the Airport. It seems that Flybe go there from Southampton.

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Berlin

Berlin

I originally wrote this for me, and used it to record stuff I need to plan and visit the city.  It’s still pretty much the same. It might be useful for others. I first stayed there at the end of the summer 2005. We stayed at the art’otel mitte im Mitte and visited the centre of Berlin with a quick trip to the Story of Berlin on the Ku’f’dam, which is worth revisiting. I posted my pictures to a  Berlin set in flickr which is now displayed as a slide show below/overleaf. I returned on business in 2007 and for a city-break in Jan 2019, again in March 2019 and again in Apr 2022.

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main, the home of the German Banking System and now the European Central Bank. It’s taken me a while, since I never visited this city while at Sun (1997-2009) but have been there several times since leaving them. Here are my notes on visiting Frankfurt; here are my pictures on Flikr.

Currency

Germany use the Euro (EUR). It wouldn’t be home to the ECB otherwise. Yahoo converts EUR:GBP here…, and the Currency Converter by OANDA.com, the Currency Site. is also available –

The nadir, at LCY AMEX : 1 EUR:1 GBP 14 April 2011

Getting there

I try to travel to and from London City, LCY [this site] [their site], but there are only four flights/day by Lufthansa. Swiss Air does some silly indirects, as does I believe Malev. BA, it seems still does three direct flights. Same on the way back!

Lufthansa does eight flights a day via London Heathrow.

The Train from the Airport to Frankfurt Central Hauptbahnhof takes about 15 minutes and runs 5 times an hour, costs a couple of Euros. Taxi’s take a bit longer, drop you at the door and cost about 30 Euros.

Frankfurt Airport is the largest in the EU, even a walk from the DB station in T1 to the departure lounges took me 45 minutes. But I found a journey from LCY to Strasbourg by Lufthansa that travels through FRA.



Town Centre



View Frankfurt in a larger map

Trains

Wikipedia has an overground train route map.

Hotels

I have stayed in the +NH Frankfurt City and the Hotel Adina, an aparthotel, which I like and is staffed by great people. It’s so good, I’d spend my own money on it. I have also stayed at the NH Frankfurt Airport when I was dumped there by Adaria/Lufthansa.

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Budapest

Budapest

The capital of Hungary, this page was created after my second visit which was with some friends. ( A stag night in fact). The first was a business visit in 2009, and the picture above was taken then, all my Budapest pictures on flickr are in this set.