Cities and Travel Travel writing, impressions and recommendations
Places I’ve Lived
Fairly detailed sets of pages on topics ranging from transport planning to walking tours and day trips:
Vienna: Austria – my current home, frequently voted “world’s most liveable city” … for good reason! Recommendations and more.
Some of the specific recommendations for Zurich and San Francisco are slightly out of date, but there is lots of information and things like walking tours that don’t change much. I do update the pages to keep links current and add new information.
Places I’ve Visited
Travel writing and recommendations for places other than Vienna, Zurich and San Francisco. I travel a lot and like to take photos and write down my impressions. I hope you enjoy them.
I’m leading a walking tour from Cobenzl to Grinzing on May 2, 2014, as part of the worldwide Jane’s Walk weekend. Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities is required reading for anyone interested in […]
I visited Lucerne Switzerland in March. Lucerne is about 45-minutes by train from Zurich and it’s a wonderful day trip with several excellent museums and a very nice historic old city to walk around. I visited one of my favourite transport museums, the Verkehrshaus (Transport House). The museum has a great collection of railway locomotives […]
The Urban Data from Fetish Object to Social Object conference in London (see previous post) was fantastic, lots of great ideas discussed by people doing really neat things with social data. Sjors Timmer did a nice post about the conference. I enjoyed my trip to London, a city I have not visited for some time. Mostly […]
Just returned from a nice visit to San Francisco … great weather and lots of interesting meetings. The photo above is of Yerba Buena Gardens looking towards the SF MOMA which is currently being expanded/remodelled. Around the corner from the photo above I ran across my first set of Bay Area Bike Share bikes. Great […]
How could I not eat at a place with the word “tram” in the name when I visit Brussels? Les Super Filles du Tram is a busy restaurant near Place Flagey in Brussels. Their speciality is hamburgers. I’ve been twice (so far) and both times it was very good. The staff are friendly and speak […]
The Glacis Beisl is one of my favorite restaurants in Vienna. Located in the MuseumsQuartier, it’s a very comfortable place with a great garden in the summertime. The room is large and comfortable. It’s no smoking (inside) and the noise levels are fairly low. They give you the option of having linen tablecloth and napkins, […]
On New Years Day we tried the restaurant 1500 Foodmakers located in the 25 Hours Hotel in Vienna. We reserved and found the sign in the photo waiting for us on a nice table. The restaurant is very comfortable. Tables are big and well spaced. The music is good, you can hear it but it’s […]
I visited Antwerp in December as part of a business trip to Brussels. Antwerp is only about a half-hour from Brussels Airport and there are about two trips per hour from the Brussels Airport train station. The main purpose of my trip was to visit the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS). The MAS museum “tells the story […]
On Saturday I took my bike on the train to Gols in Burgenland (Austria). My goal was to combine a visit to Judith Beck Vineyards with some exercise on a beautiful end of summer day. Saturday was Pannobile Day 2013 (German) in Gols. It’s organized by a group of 11 (opps!) 9 winemakers around Gols to celebrate […]