Category Archives: Europe

Loungin’ in the ‘hood – a Brussels city break

I lived in Brussels for 5 years and try to get back a couple of times a year to catch up with friends and former colleagues.  I was there twice in June checking out the changes and re-visiting old haunts.  … Continue reading

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Barcelona part 3 – my new tips

With apologies for the delay, here are my recommendations for Barcelona, based on my trip in May 2012. Tourist attractions Casa Batlló – I love Gaudí’s fantastical modernist architecture and I visit the fabulous Parc Güell on every trip to … Continue reading

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Barcelona part 2 – tips from friends

As mentioned in my first Barcelona post, I have decided to pass on my Barcelona tips in three parts: my pre-this trip tips; pre-trip tips from others; and then finally a post about what I actually did.  This is Barcelona … Continue reading

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London lite

I was in London earlier this month and took the opportunity before and after my meetings to catch up with a few friends.  I wasn’t there on a major tourist mission, so I didn’t see many sights, but with the … Continue reading

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Barcelona part 1 – my tips

  View of Barcelona from the Parc Guell (c) Lynn Sheppard I recently spent a long weekend in Barcelona.  It was at least my 5th trip to the city – it’s one of my favourite destinations.  I compiled the tips … Continue reading

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Scottish-Japanese links

I recently discovered a link between Edinburgh, Scotland (where I live now) and Japan, where I lived for two years after graduation.    Edinburgh man Victor Murphy joined the British Royal Air Force when he left school and retired a … Continue reading

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Golden Bears in the snow at the Berlinale

It is since I moved away from Berlin that I have become a real fan of the Berlinale, Berlin’s International Film Festival, held every year in February. The queuing for and collection of tickets, plus the criss-crossing of the city … Continue reading

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24 hours in Dublin

  blue skies over Dublin Castle  I was recently in Dublin for work and stayed on an extra night to visit a Dubliner friend. As I have been to Dublin before, instead of the usual sights, I took the opportunity … Continue reading

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Eastern Promise – a taste of Turkey in East London

 Many societies have their version of the (Cornish) pasty.  In Spain there is the empanada, in India the samosa, in South Eastern Europe, North Africa and Turkey the börek.  Different communities also have their version of the pancake.  In France … Continue reading

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Du bist so wunderbar, Berlin!

I lived in Berlin for 4 years. It’s a fantastic destination for a weekend or longer city break. It’s chock-a-block full of history, art and avant garde. It’s a capital of culture – both high culture and all number of … Continue reading

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