P is for the Premiership in England
This is Sourbuggers' indispensible guide to the Premiership - It deals in well-worn cliches, sterotypes and and generalisations.
ARSENAL : Top of the food chain. Commonly referred to as 'boring, boring Arsenal'. Despite their supposed style of play, they do win things...occasionally
Their great rivals are Tottenham in London and Man U in the Premiership. Virtually impossible to get a ticket.
CHELSEA : Currently (DEC 2009) beating everybody in sight after the Russian oil tycoon spent millions and millions on assembling an all-star team. But what happens when Roman gets bored with his plaything ? Based in west London, tickets are the most expensive in the Premiership - and again like Golddust.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : They may win the FA cup every 10 years or so, but this Premiership teams have been perennial under-achievers for along time now. They change their manager about once every three weeks.
FULHAM : A once mighty club (in the 1960's) who dropped right down the pecking order. Now a team with Harrod's millions behind them who can give the bigger boys a good run for their money.
WEST HAM : Again a team living off past glories, but the Upton Park faithful still support their team in their weekly uphill struggles.
Equipment: MAN UTD : The most successful team of the last decade under the reign of Sir Alex of Aberdeen, a man not known for his man-management skills, or indeed command of the english language.
LIVERPOOL : Following the glory days of 3 european cups in the 1970's, expectations are always very high here - hence the turnover of managers. Still a great side and birthplace of players like Micheal Owen.
MAN CITY : The real Mancunian team, Man U supporters all come from the soft south or Asia
EVERTON : Liverpool's other team. A solid oufit, doing well of late, even after selling wonder boy Wayne Rooney.
SUNDERLAND : Football is a religion here - see my Newscastle upon Tyne page and substitute the word 'Newcastle' for 'Sunderland'.
STOKE : never heard of them (sing 'who are you' ad infinitum)
AUSTRIA: Wiener Eistraum - a paradise for scaters
Wiener Eistraum is an annual event - all of the square between the Burgtheater and Rathaus / Town Hall will be dedicated as a large place for scating. Long slopes will lead you also through the park, there is music playing outside and also inside various restaurant-tents.
This year it started Jan. 25th
09.00a.m.-04.00p.m. you pay 3,50 / children 2,50 / families 8,50
04.00p.m.-11.00p.m. the prices are : 5,00 / 4,00 / 13,- Euros
Equipment: Bring your own equipment or simply rent it there against a small fee. Even the toilets may be reached with your scates on !!
The fee for renting a pair of scating-shoes was 6 Euros in 2006 (3,80 Euros for children)Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Kieler Woche - Europe's largest sailing-event
Kieler Woche is the biggest annual sailing-event of Europe and it is traditionally held in June. It includes a parade of old windyammers and sailingships of all sizes. In Kiel-Holtenau, east of the locks of Kielcanal / Nord-Ostsee-Kanal you will see many of these old windyammers docked throughout the year and you will be able to walk along that pier freely and without restrictions like I did in order to take these pics.
Equipment: See the program of Kieler Woche here in english
and for the german program click on the link belowRelated to:
- Family Travel
- Sailing and Boating
F is Fen Village collecting
A truly nutty form of tourism
Many people will have heard of Munroe bagging - the practice of trying to climb all the mountains in Scotland.
The Fenland equilvalent (fenland is an area of eastern England that is utterly flat as a pancake) is truly eccentric - you have to visit nearly 200 villages and settlements to gain a variety of rewards, leading to the "Full Fenland".
You can gain partial awards as there is a seriously complicated (and logically unfathomable) system of points for each of the settlement groups in the fens.
It could all be covered by car, but I think the spirit of the eccentricity is to do it on foot or at least on on a push bike.
This wierd world of eccentricity can be uncovered putting mfvcs into google. This stands for the Multiple Fen Village Collecting Society.
It's a wide weird world (W.W.W) out there, and this is one of the strangest bits!
Football is the most popular sport in Europe, the premier competition is the UEFA Champions League. Top teams include Manchester United, AC Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Porto and Olympique Lyonnais amongst others. If you are lucky enough to watch a match savour the atmosphere.
Paragliding in Serbia
P a r a g l i d i n g i n S e r b i a
phone: +381 64 158 31 32 Ivan; +381 64 175 31 31 Aca; +381 65 322 00 03 Laki
From the airport Belgrade
Sicevo is about 250 km SSE from Belgrade. If you are coming by plane, you can take a bus from the Belgrade airport ( every full hour on the hour ) to the central bus station in town. It will cost you approx. 2 Eur. There you'll buy a bus ticket to Nis. It costs approx. 6 to 7 Eur, and takes about 3 hours for 230km to Nis. Transport to Sicevo will be organized from there.
Flying area extends 50km to the North, 40km to the South, 60 km to the East and 15km to the West from take-off.
North direction extends along Timok’s valley to the City of Zajecar. The highest hills here are at 1000m ASL and the valley slopes down from 350m to 150m, the height at which the landing place in Zajecar is located. Pay attention to the highway power-line at the west side of the valley. This area is semi-populated, and all the places are connected to the highway Nis – Zajecar with asphalted roads. Terrain consists of cultivated soil, fields and pastures, and in smaller areas low and middle woods.
East direction begins with Sicevo pass 10km long. The biggest river in this area, Nisava flows through the pass, along with the highway Nis – Sofia. Further towards East, there is Bela Palanka’s valley, and further more is Pirot’s valley, at 250 – 400m ASL. North of Nisava, there is Svrljig’s mountain range with the ridge long 20km at 1000 – 1360m ASL. 10 km south of Nisava, towards SE, we have mountain Suva planina with 25km long range and with the highest peak at 1810m ASL. One should avoid landing in this pass because of the limited space, and on the ridge because of bad road network. Height under 1500m isn’t recommended while crossing the pass. There are 3 landing places in this area, all beside highway Nis – Sofia. The farthest is Sukovo, 50km from take-off, at 415m. Good thermals can be catched with normal lift 3 – 6m/s, often up to 10m/s.
South direction begins with east part of Nis’ valley, 12km long at 200m ASL, and then begins to climb across the mountain Selicevica with the highest peak at 1000m. This terrain is mostly afforested. After, it slopes down to 220 – 250m ASL. The landing place here is sports airport Leskovac at 220m ASL, 40km from take-off. In the first half of this direction, attention should be paid to the net of powerlines.
There are no prohibited areas and no restricted access areas. However, there will be neither crossing frontiers nor flying in border areas.
Equipment: We have paragliders and transportRelated to:
- Hang Gliding
- Adventure Travel
Paragliding in Switzerland
Switzerland is a great place to go Paragliding, even when you have never done it before. There are many young pilots waiting for "victims" for a tandem-flight, you may book such flights in advance or simply go to the top of a mountain like Schiltorn, Brienzer Rothorn and many others and search for a pilot there - when you are lucky and maybe also not in the high season you may decide on top of the mountain, if you dare to fly down with one of the pilots. The pilot on my pictures was waiting 2 hours in vain before he decided to fly down alone. In fact he was not only going downwards, BUT was able to find a perfect wind to take him UP-wards several hundred meters, before he sailed down to the valley...
200 sfr / 140 Euros is the tandem-flight down from Rothorn
from Schilthorn : 270,- sfr / from Muerren : 160,- sfr
Equipment: The equipment is given by the pilot - they always have a large rucksack with all necessary equipments
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- Mountain Climbing
- Hang Gliding
- Adventure Travel
walking and hiking is the most favourite pasttime sport in Europe and everbody can do it, no special gear needed just good walking..or hiking boots.
sometimes I miss the german Forest, the sunday afternoon walk in the fresh and beautiful sorroundings of tree's, the earthy smell of fallen leafs...walking over moss, so kind to the feet like a persian rug.
Germany is known for its love of walking and its lovely and diverse ForestRelated to:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Cricket and Football
if you always wanted to watch a Cricket game, England is the place to be. County Cricket is played from late Spring month to late Summer month. Lords the Temple of Cricket and home of Middlesex Countyclub.
have a look at their webpage, full of interesting infos, how to get there when in London. getting a ticket for international Cricket action, you have to early. Lord's is mostly sold out.
look under history and read the story about the 'Ashes' the traditional battle between England vs Australia
but if you are not keen on Cricket..english, spanish, dutch, french and german football might give you some fun watching a game
Professional biking in Belgium
Cycling in Belgium !
Belgium is famous for the classic tours in professional biking.
-The Tour de Flanders (Bruges-Ninove)
-West coast Tour (De Panne)
And bikers like :
-The one and only Eddy Merckx
-Peter Van Petegem
-Tom Boonen (winner in 2005/2006)Related to:
Belgium - Waregem Koerse
Watching horseriding in West-Flanders.
Waregem-a small town near Ieper has not that much to offer except some gothic churches and musea like :
- The St-Amandus and St Blasius church
- The museum Steengoed
- The Castle of Ter Elst (1905)
- The Flanders Field American Cementary
But !!!! This town is famous for the biggest "Steeple Chase" of Flanders.Related to:
- Horse Riding
Scotland - hunting
A tradition in Scotland - hunting !!
One of my best short trips in 2002.
There were many Scotsman (obviously), two Englishman, some Norwegian and finally three Belgians...
Getting together with some friends - go to marvelous Scotland being embedded as a photographer.
No discussion on this site on the theme pro or con hunting.
I just enjoyed a new experience - got some new friends in Europe and respected the rules of team building and nature hunting laws.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Adventure Travel
Skiing in France
Skiing in Belgium, more especially in the Ardennes is rather impossible
But France- our neighbourhood country has to offer a lot of skiing pleasure
For example : "Tignes" enjoys all the skiing attributes of Val d'Isere, as they combine to make up the L'Espace Killy. The 300km of marked pistes cover all abilities and provide greatly varied mountain terrain.
The skiing in Tignes is simply fast, and with several free lifts for beginners helping the excellent local ski and snowboard schools.
I have to admit, i never went there because skiing is not my favourite journey.
But my daughter, Fred, Sam and some good friends did. And i'd like to share their experience with VT members, loving skiing resorts.Related to:
- Skiing and Boarding
R is for Real sport in Skegness, UK
Top quality golfing experience
Crazy golf is an important sport - surely we should be pushing for olympic recognition of this skillful sport. We should pick up gold medals as the sport as the one attribute vital for British success -- you need absolutely no athletic prowess whatsoever.
It's a liitle fact that many of the golfing greats perfect their putting here off season when they can get a discount.
Gary Player has been known to curse at the spinning windmill and Lee Trevino made his Masters victories possible by repeatedly putting past the giant penguin on hole 10.
If only Tiger woods would see sense and hone his skills between the gnomes on the back 9 then total domination of the world golfing circuit would be assured.Related to:
- Family Travel
W is for White Water Rafting in Nottingham
This is a something of a prequel of a tip.
My wonderful wife bought me a white water rafting trip as part of my Christmas present last year. I intend to use it at this Nottingham venue.
The artificial course was built to help train our next generation of Olympic hopefuls in Canoeing, but events like this help it to earn it's keep.
I'll add to the tip once i've rafted the fierec Nottingham rapids !Related to:
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