Vancouver

Always wanted to go. Had to do some research for some travel in June 2013

I’ll fill this out according to me usual template later, or not.

Zurich



Spires of Zurich

The financial & commercial capital of German speaking Switzerland.

Why

I needed to visit on business, in Jan 2007, and returned 13 months later. In 2010, it began to be a second home, travelling through it to Zermatt (flickr pictures) and Budapest (flickr pictures) and needing to work in Zurich West. I have not been back since, sadly.

Money


The Swiss still use the Swiss Franc (CHF). Yahoo converts CHF:GBP here…, and the Currency Converter by OANDA.com, the Currency Site. is also available – 1.51 CHF:1 GBP 8 Sep 2012

Things to do

We spent the weekend walking around the old town and visited the Kunsthaus, the ferry quay with its views down the lake, the Lindhof park, the old botanical gardens, the University for its views over the town and the Fraumunster with its Chagal & Giacometto stained glass windows. See also this Zurich Tourist Site

Hotels

These first two are recommended by the business travel agent, and neither are in the rough guide.

My Map

This is Zurich city centre, the google map has the airport marked up.



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Getting There

In England, since we’re without the car, a very useful public transport is the Speedbus, which runs from Woking Station to London Heathrow Terminals. This is quicker than driving and parking; you’re taken straight there. The buses leave Woking every half hour on the hour or half hour. I have taken to flying Swiss from LCY.

If travelling to Zurich West, for the Crown Plaza or Mercure, one needs Tram No. 2 from Paradeplatz,the 6,7,11 & 13 go from the tramstop on Bahnhofstrasse to Paradeplatz. The 11 & 13 can be caught from the tram stop at the Hauptbahnhof front concourse, the 6 can also be found at the tramstop at the south side entrance.

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.

Town Centre



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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.

Budapest

The capital of Hungary

Why

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.

April 2010

I blogged about the journey in a series of articles called

  • Back Home in London which talks about the journey home, getting to Budapest Ferihegy Airport, where there are now 4 lounges, and dealing with a schengen-nonschengen journey at Zurich. Ferihegy is a small airport and only those airlines with a lot of flights Malev & Lufthansa have automated machines and permanently manned kiosks. SWISS opened theirs two hours before take off and so you can’t get airside ’till then.
  • Memento Park, they’ve moved many of the public statues from the Communist era to this park. See also my pictures @ flickr
  • A not so long way home talks about what we did, see the Link Roll below.
  • A place to lay my head, which is mainly about the journey, talks about the three airports, see LCY, where AMEX don’t do HUFs, at Zurich, SWISS now let Priority Pass members use their business lounge with an hour’s free Wifi and wired connected machines as well. At Budapest, it talks about money exchange and ground transport. I used the Airport Shuttle bus, which was easy, cheaper than a taxi and saved having to navigate the public transport routes. It looks like the planes used by LCY operators can’t get that far and so your choice of carrier determines where you change planes. I considered flying to Vienna and then using the train, but this wouldn’t have saved my a change, but would have put me in the middle of Budapest which would shorten the taxi ride.
  • I have posted some of my pictures to Flickr

Money

They use the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Yahoo converts CHF:GBP here…. They take Euros nearly everywhere, not sure about the exchange rate you get. For a rate you can also use the Currency Converter by OANDA.com, the Currency Site, and there are now plenty of apps for the iphone and other smart phones.

Things to do

  • Shooting
  • Sightseeing
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Bathing

This is appallingly incomplete, I’ll update it n ext time I plan a trip.

Hotels

The Bristol that we used had european plugs and free public wifi. Le Meridien is very central and has an interesting history, but is usually more expensive than I want to pay. I wonder what a bit of notice does.

My Map



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This is meant to have the icons on, I’ll fix this some time, but not now.

Links

My delicious site, tagged “budapest”

London City Airport (LCY)

It’s been a long time since I updated this page. I tried to travel to Copenhagen last week and couldn’t find a flight. On myt return I looked up all destinations and found this page, which lists them all. It seems I could have traveled to Hamburg and then by train, I looked, maybe they were full since BA only do two flights a day and weekdays at that. 24 Oct 2014 Continue reading “London City Airport (LCY)”

Greece

Greece

Introduction

I have holidayed in Greece on many occasions, on packages and latterly with Sunsail.

Currency

eur500Greece now use the Euro (EUR). Yahoo converts EUR:GBP here…, and the Currency Converter by OANDA.com, the Currency Site. is also available – 1.24 EUR:1 GBP 22 May ’08

Athens

I fancy a trip to Athens Jan 2010. The rough guide suggests,



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Beach & Hotel

I am looking for swimming as good as Stoupa with a hotel so we don’t have to do self catering.

Return to Ithica

I am returning in 2009. The flight is early, which means that we need to get there before the first train from Guildford. Sleeping in airport lounges is no longer my idea of fun, I have opened a London Gatwick snip to register my links.

I need to go shopping for some stuff.

Sailing in the Ionian

I sailed in the Ionian with Sunsail. They run several routes/flotilla’s from their base in Vounaki, in NW Greece. I traveled with them in the second week of June and it was beginning to get a bit busy. I wouldn’t want to go later in the season, when its also a lot hotter. 16th June 2008

I travelled to Gatwick by train, which was a pain in the neck on the way home as we were very late.

Preveza (PVK) airport is small and similar to many of the Greek airports. Don’t take pictures. It has a cafe on both sides of security, but its very expensive, and a tax free shop, if you need it. Otherwise take water, food and books on the return journey; charter flights are often delayed, and were in my case. 16th June 200

Sunsail publish an itinerary map on the web, and I sailed for a week on an Odyssey 32, on the Kalamos flotilla route. This was rigged as a cruiser which was easy to use with our light handed crew. It also had a car power socket aka cigarette lighter socket which I used to re-charge my phone. It has continental power sockets, but we had no shore power lines and so could not use them. It had a cd/radio machine.

I will buy and take a parallel ruler and chart-plotter next time. They lent us a copy of Ionian by Rod Heikell, which we used as our almanac, I may get a copy of this to plan my next holiday.

Vodafone’s coverage was excellent throughout.

I wonder if the boats have UK eletrical sockets, or if I shall need the car charger.

I have tried to emulate the route on google maps, but Google seem to be missing maps of large parts of Greece. Lefkas seems to have been updated. May 2009



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I have bought the Rough Guides, 4th edition, June 2006

I used an ATM in Paleros, which is just north of Sunsail’s Vounaki base. 2006~~

Sunsail run flotillas in the Aegan including the Milinia Flotilla, which includes a stop at Skiathos, and the Cyclades 43 I saw at Vounaki looked pretty swish.

Danny is returning to the Ionian in May 2009 and on the way out will fly to Corfu, stay overnight in Corfu and then catch a ferry to Lefkas. While researching my 2009 trip, I discovered that Igoumenitsa is the important entry port from Italy, so maybe another time. NB There are ferries from Venice.

Island Hopping

An article from Fodors suggesting an Aegan route using the “Flying Dolphins”.

General Facts

Here are some web sites with general facts about the place.

and the Ionian Islands

Touring in Switzerland

I am not sure Summer is the best time but…, actually I am not sure 2009 is the right time, have you seen the exchange rate?

Destinations

  • Zurich, see my Zurich Page for more on Zurich and Switzerland.
  • Lucerne
  • Bern
  • Basel

This would mean missing out on Lugano and Geneva

Links

Zurich to Zermatt

Hourly rail connections run to Zermatt from all major gateways, including directly from Geneva and Zürich airports. From either direction, one straight forward change of trains at Brig or Visp is normally required. At Brig (or Visp) one changes to the romantic little BVZ (Brig-Visp-Zermatt) cog-wheel train for the 80 minute journey up the valley.

source: http://www.ski-zermatt.com/arrival.html#Rail

Research

The Guardian did one of its sponsored supplements, Jan/Feb 2009 in several parts. I have kept them and put them in the filing cabinet and they gave me several ideas of things to do, and I created a couple of bookmarks at the time. Certainly and inspiration to return to the Bernese Oberland.

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.

Links

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