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Monday, 30 November 2009

Qype: Porsche Museum in Stuttgart

Stuttgart - Arts & Entertainment - Museums

Whilst not quite as good as the Mercedes-Benz museum, which is one of the best I've ever been to, I still really enjoyed the Porsche museum too! There's nothing about sustainability here, it's all about extreme engineering, and it would appear that speed is indeed, just a question of money. You don't need a lot of it to go here, just €8 in fact, but if you want to take home that Carerra GT without bargining, you'll want to add €445k to that.

Architecturally, it's another mean feat, and certainly one of the weirdest buildings I've been in recently. It works well as a museum though, and has a nice open-plan layout inside. The cafe downstairs (see my other review) is decent, and the hardware is tip top. Well worth a look for anyone who appreciates the beauty of engineering, and perhaps not for Greenpeace members... oh wait...

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Qype: Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart

Stuttgart - Arts & Entertainment - Museums

I would thoroughly recommend anyone who has a remote interest in engineering and particularly the industrial heritage of Germany to visit this excellent museum. They have a surprising amount of original pieces here, and where the original is not available some great replicas. From the first ever car, motorcycle, powered airship to the precursor to the modern lorry, from the early 1900s which was used to carry beer!

The celebrities gallery includes the G-Series based (I learned that yesterday!) bullet-proof Pope-mobile, and Princess Di's J-Reg SL500. Lewis Hamilton's championship-winning McLaren Mercedes also gets a look in.

Entry is only 8 Euro including a great audio guide, and it's well worth the money. You need at least 2 hours to see everything, and probably quite a lot more if you want to study it in detail.

Also worthy of note: the S-Bahn at Nekkerpark is only every 30 minutes on Sundays, so make a note of the train times to avoid a freezing wait on the platform.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Qype: The Dover Castle in London

London - Eating & Drinking - Pubs & Bars - Pubs

What a little gem! Hidden away in the mews to the west of Portland Place, and very reminiscent of South Kensington, this is yet other great value Sam Smiths pub. There's no music, and a quiet crowd spread across three rooms. It's not grand, like the Princess Louise, but cozy, and the decor has a tired yet timeless appearance. Well worth a look.

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