Famous Londoners

August 12th, 2016|England|

Who came from or spent time in London?  We found a few likely suspects at Madame Tussauds, Sherlock Holmes address, Abbey Road and a special exhibit of James Bond vehicles.

Time for London Fashion and Theatre

August 10th, 2016|England|

Queen Elizabeth II has surpassed even Queen Victoria, her great great grandmother, in the length of her reign.  To celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, Buckingham Palace displayed 65 years of her royal wardrobe, including hits and [...]

Shakespeare’s Stratford-on-Avon

May 30th, 2014|England|

Stratford-on-Avon is the birthplaceof the world's most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. We were delighted to meet Falstaff, one of Shakespeare'sbest comedic characters, during the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Henry IV.  He's a liar, a braggart, a glutton and a coward, [...]

Famous Oxfordians

May 29th, 2014|England|

Inside Christchurch cathedral lies a sepulcher (fancy name for a stone coffin) of an actual knight.  He was huge, 6ft. 6 in., especially by 14th century standards. His pillow is an ox head - for Oxford? His trusty pet dog is curled up [...]

Oxford, Harry Potter and Alice

May 28th, 2014|England|

Christchurch is not known for its religious or racial diversity.  In 2011, the British Prime Minister said his alma matter'sadmission figures were "disgraceful".Christchurch in Oxford, England is both a cathedraland a prestigious college, producing no less thanthirteen British Prime Ministers.John Locke, [...]

Bath, England

May 25th, 2014|England|

During the Roman occupation of Britain, in 60-70AD,the natural hot springs under the city of Bath were harnessed.The Roman Baths included the calderium (hot),tepidarium (warm) and frigidarium (cold) baths.Romans used them not only for bathing, [...]


May 24th, 2014|England|

Stonehenge is in the middle of nowhere, in a grassy Wiltshire countryside about 90 miles from London.  Sheep were peacefully grazing around, stopping to chew their cud occasionally, and stare at the monument. About 1.3 million visitors a year make the trek [...]

British Museum in London

May 23rd, 2014|England|

Wow - the actual Rosetta Stone, inscribed in 196 BC is a decree on behalf of Egyptian King Ptolemy. Written in three languages (Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Demotic and Ancient Greek) it was studied for decades after it was [...]

Getting into London Theater

May 23rd, 2014|England|

For over 350 years, different Punch and Judy showshave performed puppet anarchy, in front of delightfully squealing children whose parents laugh in shock at antics involving losing children, mocking authority and lying to each other.  Audience participation is a part of [...]

Kensington Palace and Gardens

May 19th, 2014|England|

Serpentine Bridge at Kensington Gardens, with seagulls standing at attention. Along the lakeshore at Kensington Gardens,mama duck was protecting her fuzzy ducklingsfrom some aggressive swans.  Quite the outburst!Kings Staircase at Kensington Palace, wheretromp l' oeil (fool [...]