On Copyright

As a result of the EP’s LIBE committee report on the EU Copyright Regulation, in Feb 2015, I built a Storify page and propose to write a blog article. This page captures some of the resources I used to write it. They come from my blog, the IP Kat, out-law.com, torrentfreak and flickr, where martin Fisch’s picture is embedded in the text and used as a featured image. Continue reading “On Copyright”

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.

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

Vienna & Hotels

Travelling to Vienna

I need to stay in Vienna at some time over the summer. Here are some hotel web sites, I’ve found with the help of The Rough Guide. These first few are all in the town centre.

Hotels

  • The Konig von Ungarn is well reviewed here… and here…, which makes it seem very attractive. It is very centrally located. (See here….) (T) +431 515 84-0. We actually stayed here in 2006, its excellent, as its restaurant, the people were great and we got a two room suite, for the family which is very hard to find in capital cities.
  • The Hotel Austria web page uses CSS to deliver English Language, doesn’t look that great, but need to check why I put it on my list, probably location, maybe history.
  • Pension Aviano, off Kartnerstrasse, part of a chain, building looks good. Restaurant? – The Hotel Mailbergerhof is also very well located but likely to be more expensive than the Konig von Ungarn. It’s described in the guide as the most baroque hotel in Vienna. I’ve been quoted under 200 Euros/room Early Summer 2006.
  • The Hotel Sacher is one of the big three luxurious imperial hotels. Reviewed in the Guardian and the Guide. Pretty expensive, probably more than I want to pay for two rooms.
  • The Radisson SAS Palais looks quite good since its located in what were once two palaces. Its on Ringstrasse, so we should check it out, maybe drinkies in the lounge.

Two other places to consider are

  • The Sacher Apartments for which I have a Google list but these are flats i.e. accomodation only.
  • The Art Hotel, Vienna which used to be called the Golden Tulip (not good) and is three stars and out side the Ringstrasse. Not sure if this is part of the Art’otel chain we stayed in Berlin.

Gill provided us with a Hotel Review of the Hotel Das Triest, which was not the most complementary about the Hotel or Vienna, but that’s their problem. We’re not using that hotel and are still looking forward to Vienna’s old world charms. The review mentioned the restaurant in the Modern Art Museum (MAK) at Steubenring 5 and the famous American Bar, otherwise known as the Loos Bar. Described in the review as a tiny shrine to Art Nouveau with masses…of classic cocktails.

Links

Things to Do

  • We ought to be able to listen to some Mozart, Beethoven or Strauss
  • Wonder what’s on at the Opera?
  • Need to take in some Art, either the the MAK or to check out Klimt’s legacy this site bears reading.
  • The spanish riding school (Training not the show), in the Hofburg
  • The Hofburg, Belvedere & Schonbrun
  • The Johan Strauss Museum
  • Cocktails in the Loos Bar or the Radisson Palais on Ringstrasse.
  • Tram ride on the Ring
  • 3rd Man walk
  • Walk around the Innere Stadt
  • Trip out to the Ferris wheel
  • Trip out to the Heurigen

The IUSY Headquarters is in Vienna.

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”

Seville

I copied this across on 24th June 2013 and tarted it up a bit. It’s seven years since we visited. Some of these links will be old, maybe broken, but certainly out of date.  I first visited Seville just before the Easter of 2006. As ever I used the Rough Guide to Andalucia to plan the holiday and posted some of my pictures in a set at flickr. The featured picture is from the Patio de Donacellas in the Real Alcazar. Continue reading “Seville”