Category Archives: Travel

Truth be told, South Africa stole my heart a long time ago. Maybe it was the turquoise waters or the vineyard that I still declare my favorite. Maybe it was the first time I straddled the Atlantic and Indian Oceans or was chased off a beach by baboons, finally to laugh it off years later. Maybe it was the most […]

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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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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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After all these years in Europe, I should have learned by now that my preconceived notions of cities are usually wrong. Berlin was never really on the top of my must-visit list (*pause* while you scold me), but only because I was always thought it sounded too trendy and cool for me. Much of my […]

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