Category Archives: Europe

Downton Abbey is real. Every Mary Crawley, Lord Grantham, Maggie Smith and Isis the dog inch of it. This is what we quickly assessed as we pulled into the parking lot of Highclere Castle – the Hampshire location where the “upstairs” portions of Downton Abbey are filmed. We drove under a drizzling sky down a long […]

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Don’t let this beautiful autumn-like photo persuade you otherwise: Yesterday began with my umbrella turning inside out with such violence during a storm that it broke itself.  It took approximately 30 seconds for me to establish a new life goal for the day: purchase a proper raincoat as soon as humanly possible. For you never know when your umbrella is going to […]

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So here’s the struggle… and it is “real”, people… I am not gifted at visiting historic places in a group. Just after lunch on Sunday, a group of London adventurers set out for South East London to visit Eltham Palace. And it is only upon returning this evening that I’ve learned I missed the map room. […]

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If I could recommend you one day trip from London before the end of summer, it would be Hampton Court Palace. As often happens when I have family visiting, I struggle to pick an outing that will wow visitors from a London perspective, not be annoying from a transport perspective and will keep us entertained from a weekend perspective. […]

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There are few better ways to blissfully forget your Tube Strike woes than to be warmly welcomed into a beautiful hotel bar and immediately asked what kind of beverage you would like. Such was the situation I found myself in Wednesday evening as I entered the newly opened and charmingly fun Smith & Whistle at the […]

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