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England: Parting Shots

Saturday, 4 Aug 2012 | Views [575]

Friends are surprised when we tell them the only place we have feared for our lives was in Alaska where big, hairy men with room temperature IQs carry large calibre pistols.  They will be equally surprised to learn that the place in which we felt the ... Read more >

You're Listening to the BBC

Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | Views [752]

As jingoistic as American television treats the Olympics with scenes of flag-wearing spectators chanting "USA, USA," watching the coverage on any of the BBC TV channels makes the Americans commentators seem positively neutral.  Sure, the ... Read more >

Quintessentially England

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | Views [820]

An easy day trip from London, the southeast is what Americans come to see, the quintessential English countryside.  It's an area of wonderful green landscapes, formal gardens, Leeds Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover and Hastings where, William started ... Read more >

Winchester Cathedral

Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | Views [727]

Winchester, despite its famous cathedral, (Oh-bo-de-o-do) is a truly horrendous  place to get around in.  We drove through it yesterday without even seeing a sign for Winchester Cathedral, or even a hotel and ended up staying about 20 miles outside ... Read more >

Photos: England: The Southeast

Sunday, 29 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Sharing a Pint With Dylan

Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | Views [783]

Making hay while the sun shines has a special significance in this rainy part of the UK and we took advantage of another wonderful day to visit some more local sites.  Tenby is a beach town of sorts, more like Riomaggiore on Italy's Cinque Terre ... Read more >

Tintern Abbey and St. Davids Cathedral

Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | Views [1831]

We often begin the day without a particular destination in mind but today was even more extreme.  We didn't know where we were at the end of the day!  With the nice weather for walkers, the Royal Welsh Show and Olympic football beginning in Cardiff, ... Read more >

The Royal Welsh Show

Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | Views [755]

We were probably the only couple in Wales that didn't know about the Royal Welsh Show but ike the proverbial "blind pig" we stumbled upon it.  I have never been to such an event but for Connie, veteran of many St. Joe County Fairs, it was ... Read more >

Wales Tales

Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | Views [779]

The best way to deal with the Olympic hoopla seemed to be to get out of Dodge.  Or London, as it were.  So after a stop at Mildenhall AFB for a quick visit to the doctor, we drove into Wales where, surprisingly, it is sunny.  And very, very green. ... Read more >

Photos: Wales

Saturday, 21 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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History of the World in 100 Objects: British Museum Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | Views [1702]

Which objects would best represent your life?  Maybe a teddy bear, a bike, a wedding dress, and bronzed baby shoes perhaps?  The British Museum has selected a mere one hundred objects to tell the entire story of the human race.  And today ... Read more >

Don't Bank On It!

Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | Views [747]

It never seems to stop raining, only a minor annoyance to intrepid travelers like yours truly.  We splashed our way to Jersey Boys in Soho, visited the Tate Gallery and even viewed London from the "Eye," that giant ferris wheel on the Thames.... Read more >

Brisbane to London

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | Views [1062]

Four hours into the Etihad flight from Brisbane to London and we were only over Darwin!  Watching our progress on the in-flight GPS really drove home how big Australia is.  And how much of it we covered; about 20,000 km (12,500 miles) in four months.... Read more >

Photos: London

Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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One Rainy Day in London

Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | Views [1031]

That's all the time we reserved for London on our two-month visit to England!   Connie and Sandy have  been friend for 30 years.  They began - and ended - their air force careers about the same time. Connie retired but Sandy stayed on with the government ... Read more >

College Daze: Cambridge and Oxford

Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | Views [1085]

Cambridge sits on the River Cam and is the place we would choose if we had to live in England – and could afford it!   To say Cambridge is a college town is like saying Dom Perignon is a bubbly wine.   Think of the illustrious graduates ... Read more >

English Heritage

Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | Views [698]

The English Heritage pass is the best deal we found in England.   For fifty-eight pounds and a few pence we bought a dual senior pass that saved us over six hundred pounds . . . nearly $1000 dollars.   We started at the beginning, Stonehenge, ... Read more >

Wedgwood China Through the Ages

Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | Views [1066]

You can be forgiven for not knowing the names Titus Salt or Richard Arkwright despite their contributions to the industrial revolution.   You don’t see the Salt label on woolen goods or find Arkwright’s name on your jeans.   But only a Luddite ... Read more >

Bess the Builder

Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | Views [1981]

This is a story about two families, four mansions and one very impressive lady.   The first mention of Chatsworth House was in the Doomsday Book; “Chetel’s-worth” owned by Sir William Peverel.   Centuries later it passed on to ... Read more >

Richard Arkwright: Father of the Factory System

Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | Views [2770]

The Derwent valley sits upstream from Derby on the southern edge of the Pennines.   This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains a series of 18th and 19th century cotton mills and an industrial landscape of high historical and technological significance.... Read more >

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