Let's Go for the weekend of June 11-13
Tour London on the run
Is walking too slow a pace for you to cram in the top sights of London? Maybe a tour with Jogging Tours of London will speed things up.
Whether you’re a novice runner or have trained for marathons, the company has a group for you. It has designed six routes around the city, all led by an experienced local runner and guide. The tours depart daily during the summer at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
For example, the 4 ½-mile Royal London Parks and Palaces jog goes past the Horse Guards parade grounds, through St. James Park to Buckingham Palace, around Hyde Park and past the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and her former residence in the Kensington Gardens.
The price for scheduled trips is 26 pounds (about $38) per person and includes the tour, T-shirt, souvenir digital photos of you along the way and various discounts. Groups of three or more receive a 10-percent discount. Customized runs start at 38 pounds (about $55).
Find details at www.cityjoggingtours.co.uk.
Dinosaurs in Frankfurt
This summer, Frankfurt, Germany, will be welcoming some big guests from Argentina: dinosaurs.
According to the Naturmuseum Senckenberg, one of the world’s largest natural history museums, some of the world’s oldest and biggest fossils have been found in that country. From July 3 to Jan. 9, the museum will hold the “Dinosaurier — Giganten Argentiniens” (“Dinosaurs — Giant Argentinians”) exhibition. Among the featured creatures is the biggest meat eater, the giganotosaurus, with a head almost 23 feet long. Another heavy on the guest list is the largest Argentinian raptor, the austroraptor, also known as “Hunter of the South.”
The exhibition will feature 23 complete skeletons, along with some reconstructions. There also will be originals and models of dinosaur footprints, nests and embryos. Light and sound effects and some moving creatures will add to the atmosphere.
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Tickets cost 6 euros for adults, 3 euros for children 5 to 15, and are free for children up to age 5.
For more information, see the museum’s website at www.senckenberg.de; it has an English-language version.
Ski in England
Now that summer is here, it’s time go skiing in Britain. The country’s new indoor ski and snowboarding facility in Hemel Hempstead, northwest of London, has more than 86,000 square feet of real snow with a main slope that is 525 feet long and 30 feet wide and a separate beginners area.
Infants to adults can take skiing and snowboarding lessons with the Snowsports School through courses starting at 30 pounds (about $45). Lift tickets range from 18 to 23 pounds for one hour to 40 and 54 pounds for four hours.
Find details and directions at www.thesnowcentre.com.