We traveled to London two weeks ago for the Doctor Who 50th celebration, but all but one day was spent with friends doing non-Geek things. We toured some of the city on foot, checked out an amazing Christmas market on the Thames, and saw Book of Mormon. So it was not entirely touristy, but I still had my camera attached at my wrist and annoyed everyone with the amateur photo taking. So here is another slideshow, because your holidays wouldn’t be complete without it.
Time for more Mr. Simon Kitty.
As it appears Spring has finally arrived in Northern Europe, we were very excited about getting out with friends this past weekend. We chose Metz, France as our destination, as it is less than an hour by train. This modern day capital of the Lorraine region has a history going back at least 3000 years; prior to the dominance of the Roman Empire, it was home to a Celtic tribe called the Mediomatrici–the word from which the modern day place name “Metz” evolved. It is a modern city whose metro population is over 200,000, but whose ancient fortress-city charm still remains. Gorgeous architecture completely envelops you here, and–with skies being a clear blue and temperatures in the 60’s–it was a great way to kick off the start of a much anticipated and overdue Spring.
Given the weather had been warmer last week (up into the 50s!), and my partner had just come home after an extended absence, we decided to get out and explore Trier, Germany a bit. It is less than an hour away by train, and–being the oldest city in Germany–is home to a lot of interesting architecture and Roman ruins. On a more shallow note, we both wanted to see the new Oz movie, which was playing there (Luxembourg City theaters didn’t start showing it until today, and I can be impatient sometimes). Though there were a couple of hiccups in our plan (the weather turned out to be considerably colder than we had expected and the movie was actually dubbed in German rather than just subtitled), we still had an enjoyable time. Even in freezing temperatures, it is nice to get out of the house and escape somewhere now and then.