Gotta start somewhere. Liege. Grand depart le Tour de France 2012.

The greatest free sporting event in the world begins tomorrow in Liege. The 99th Tour de France will showcase not only some amazing cycling, but some of the most picturesque scenery you are ever likely to see. So strap yourself in for the next 21 days and enjoy the ride!

The 2012 prologue is a 6.4km track in the city of Liege, Belgium. A beautiful city, non?

Liege at night

 

The streets of Liege

 

St Paul’s Cathedral, Liege.

 

Time for a sneaky Gaufre?

 

The palace of the princes-bishops, Liege

 

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Game. Set. Match. Wimbledon traditions: More than just tennis.

The Wimbledon All Tennis Championships will begin on 25 June 2012. Much of the charm of this championship stems from the traditions associated with it. It’s more than just tennis. You might have heard about the strawberries and cream, or know that the players must wear white. But did you know:

  • Stawberries and Cream – this tradition dates back to the 1500’s but first featured at the tournament since 1884.
  • Grass – Wimbledon is the only grand slam that is still played on grass.
  • Rain – rain is no surprise to English Folk. Only 7 championships have not been interrupted by rain since 1922
  • Royal Patronage – The Royal Family have attended Wimbledon since 1907.
  • All white – players must adhere to a strict dress code and wear only white.
  • Rufus the hawk – to keep the pigeons at bay, Rufus the hawk is charged with keeping the courts safe. Rufus has a trainer and hovers over the courts 3 times per day during the tournament, and once per week at other times of the year.
  • The queue – patrons are not allowed to secure a place, but rather must be present in line in person
  • Naming rights – Female players are still referred to as Miss or Mrs and men as Mr.

Tea for Two? Who topped the afternoon tea awards in London for 2012?

The best place in London to enjoy a sumptuous Afternoon Tea has been named as The Athenaeum Hotel, which has scooped The Tea Guild’s prestigious award for the capital for “Top London Afternoon Tea 2012”. Now in their 27th year, The Tea Guild Awards are considered the ‘Oscars’ of the tea world, with world-famous London hotels and tea rooms competing for the highly coveted honour. Read more www.afternoontea.co.uk

For me though, I quite like the look of The Royal Horseguards Hotel who also made the awards. It just has a nice ring to it, especially being a jubilee year for the Queen.

Come to think of it, I would like to do more than have afternoon tea there, I think I’d like to book a room!

Berlin. Cauldron of cultural cool.

When it comes to fashion, art, design and music, the German capital is the city to watch. A global influx of creatives has turned it into a cauldron of cultural cool reminiscent of New York in the ’80s. What draws them is Berlin’s legendary climate of tolerance, openness and experimentation infused with an edgy undercurrent that gives this ‘eternally unfinished’ city its street cred. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/germany/berlin#ixzz1y363DZBy