October 6, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS From LAX, nonstop service to Amsterdam is offered on KLM, and connecting service (change of plane) is offered on Delta, United, Air France, British and Lufthansa. Restricted round-trip airfares range from $1,124 to $1,487, including taxes and fees. ArkeFly also flies nonstop from LAX, but service is seasonal (ends Oct. 20). Apeldoorn is about one hour and 10 minutes by train from Amsterdam. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code)
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August 12, 2013
Laszlo Csatary Suspected Nazi war criminal Laszlo Csatary, 98, a Hungarian war crimes suspect who allegedly brutalized and deported thousands of Jewish prisoners to the infamous Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz during World War II, died of pneumonia at a Budapest hospital on Saturday, his lawyer said Monday. Csatary was charged with war crimes by Hungarian prosecutors in June. He denied allegations that he was involved in torture and deportation while serving as a police commander in the town of Kosice in 1944.
July 6, 2013 |
It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and several major attractions are in the works for Asia. PHOTOS: Best new international theme park rides for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at international parks (outside the United States). As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones will get announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
June 8, 2013 |
WEESP, Netherlands - The Dutch dream isn't that different from the American one. Nor is the nightmare that many people have woken up to. Hundreds of thousands of residents rushed to buy homes in the Netherlands as property values rocketed in the 1990s and 2000s. Encouraged by American-style tax breaks and by banks eager to shower money on them, borrowers took out huge mortgages, sometimes larger than the value of their homes. The global financial meltdown killed the flow of cheap credit.
April 27, 2013 |
AMSTERDAM - Even by the unconventional standards of the Dutch, their new king is going to be a bit of a novelty. He has a license to fly commercial airliners. He's married to a South American, a lively Argentine who's more popular than he is. He says he won't mind it if people fail to address him as "Your Majesty" because he's no "protocol fetishist" - an amusing description here in a city that caters to nearly every fetish imaginable. But his biggest break with Dutch history of the last 120 years is the simple fact that he's a he. Queens have reigned over the Netherlands since 1890, a matriarchy that will come to an end Tuesday when Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is sworn in as monarch.
March 18, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - On the home front, the reviews for the World Baseball Classic have not been kind. The United States team was knocked out by Puerto Rico. The brightest American stars wanted no part of the tournament and, as a result, neither did the casual fan. None of this really bothers Bud Selig. If it bothers you, the commissioner said, you are missing the point. "Focusing on the United States team, frankly, is almost irrelevant," Selig said Monday. A tournament that started with 28 countries is down to two. The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico - neighbors in the Caribbean - will play for the WBC championship Tuesday.