✈ Things you notice travelling on a Dutch intercity train.

  • Double-decker trains: these are brilliant! It’s time to re-design the UK to allow these. Whatever the cost!!
  • Leg Room: Maybe due to having two decks, more legroom is afforded to each and every seat.
  • Tables: as the legroom is increased, so is the size of the seat table, making it actually possible to use a laptop on one.
  • Screens: in each carriage that displays which station you are approaching and at what time you are due to arrive
  • Bins: it appears the Dutch can be trusted with bins. Each seat has one
  • The absence of morons using speakers on phones: possibly less to do with the train itself and more the maturity of the people themselves.
  • Noise: a gently fast whirring noise as opposed to clunky squeaky UK trains
  • Speed actually looks and feels like we are travelling faster than 40mph
  • Smells(1): that ever present smell of toilet (especially prevalent on CrossCountry Trains) is lacking. This is good.
  • Smells(2): the lack of diesel fumes in general is good.

Probably more I could think off, but not bad for first hour on board

Munich (Aug 2018)

A quick overnight stop in Munich before flying back to the UK. Also an opportunity to briefly hop off the metro at Marienplatz station with its striking orange platforms.

Copenhagen (July 2018)

Without a doubt, Copenhagen is my favourite city, and one I would choose to live in if the opportunity arose.

This is my sixth visit in the last 3 years and as this was a short work trick I chose to stay at Comfort Inn Vesterbro, near the central station and my customer.

It is also 5 mins walk away from Meatpacking District which is well worth a visit for easy food/drink options galore. Unfortunately, my first choice Hija de Sanchez had just stopped serving food when I arrived at 9 pm.

The disappointment was tempered with beer, burger, onion rings and rock music at Warpigs up the street.

As always no visit is complete without a visit to the Torvehallerne Market. This wonderful collection of shops, butchers, grocers and cafes, is a great place to eat/drink and watch a city that is seemingly at ease with itself.

Special mention to the Coffee Collective which serves some of the best coffee anywhere.

They were in with a load of opt-outs……

As the idiocy of #brexit unfolds, it seems that the Prime Minister of Luxembourg can articulate the in one sentence, what our entire parliament is unable to.

‘Before they were in with a lot of opt-outs, now they are out and want a lot of opt-ins’

Xavier Bettel

Why the British public believe they are entitled to the benefits they had, but now for free I’ll never understand. It is as if the UK has had any collective rationale surgically removed overnight.

It’s been a truly astonishing couple of years, and I fear this is the Hors d’oeuvre to the chaos that will be served as the main course.

Amsterdam

According to my flight stats for 2016 I flew in/out of Amsterdam Schipho 61 times during 2016 and never once left the airport.

So it made perfect sense to actually visit Amsterdam with my wife for an extended weekend and actually progress further than the KLM Crown lounge.

Copenhagen (July 2016)

My second visit to Copenhagen, a lot warmer this time than my April visit. Based mainly around the Norreport station area and the excellent Torvehallerne market

Stockholm

Fulfilling Sarah’s scandiphile cravings with a weekend break to Stockholm, Sweden

Brandon Street Night Market

Brandon Street Night Market

I was particularly interested to visit the Brandon Street Night Market at Canal Mills because my family used to own the land when it was previously a furniture wholesaler.

The last time I had been in this particular building it was actually a furniture showroom for contract furnishings.

Times change and now the business is closed and the land is being put to good use as club and events space.

Based just outside Leeds city centre, it position on an industrial estate next to the Leeds and Liverpool canal should mean no complaints from the neighbours.

Berlin

3 Days in Berlin

Berlin had been on my hitlist of European cities to visit for many years, so a three-day visit to Berlin for Sarah’s birthday was well overdue.

This may be a few years out of date, but for a capital city, Berlin seemed incredibly cheap in terms of food and drink, though hotels were somewhat pricey.

Like most European cities, it’s easy to navigate across and has some distinctive areas offering a variety of entertainment and things to do.

Places definitely worth visiting are the Hamburger Bahnhof gallery and the wonderfully quirky Museum der Dinge.