Stairway to Chapter House, Wells Cathedral, England

The stairway up to the Chapter House and residences of the Wells Cathedral in England. The soft light coming through the windows just enhanced the edges of the stone steps, rounded and chipped by centuries [...]

By |2014-04-03T11:53:09-05:00April 3, 2014|Categories: England, Europe, Photo of the Day|Tags: |2 Comments

2013 in 50 Photographs

Kris and I visited 13 foreign countries this year. In order: Spain, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Canada, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Japan, back to Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary. Our travels within the US [...]

Our Very Own Guided Tour of England

Oliver, in background, is likely to be reading the Latin, or to have known the intimate history of the man buried there. Who doesn't love the information imparted by a zealous local who [...]

By |2014-08-04T11:53:24-05:00September 12, 2013|Categories: Eat Drink Stay, England, Europe, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |4 Comments

A Week of London Theatre

Back when we were working stiffs, Kris and I still made plans to go to London every few years just to go to the theater. We both studied theater there, back in the 1970s, and it instilled a life-long love and appreciation for first rate productions. And, since London is the home of great theater (check the listings of what’s playing in New York some time and see how much of it has transferred from England) what better place to indulge our stage fascination?

By |2015-01-07T11:39:12-05:00August 19, 2013|Categories: England, Europe|3 Comments

Advice for Driving in the UK and Ireland

I can talk about this now, and I’ll start by saying Tom is a very good driver. And I am a very good navigator. I can read a map, have a good sense of direction, and am good at planning routes, scenic or otherwise. But things are different here in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland, and I’m not just talking about driving on the left. For both driver and passenger, I offer these true stories and tidbits of advice.

By |2018-11-04T16:36:58-05:00August 2, 2013|Categories: England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Our Travel Life, Travel Tips|Tags: |10 Comments

Durham Cathedral, England

Sometimes it’s good to take a look at the older cathedrals and realize the amount of stone and effort that went into constructing the massive churches of the Romanesque era before the discovery of the architectural techniques which allowed the lightness of the Gothic churches. The pillars and walls here in Durham, built in the 11th Century, are so massive when compared to the delicacy of the Exeter Cathedral, built almost 400 years later. The bulk is relieved slightly by carved design visible on the left pillars, but the overall sense is one of pure weight.

By |2018-11-26T10:23:21-05:00August 1, 2013|Categories: England, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |2 Comments

Site Blocked, and Other Little Surprises in the UK and Ireland

The message read, "This site has been blocked as potentially politically controversial. If you think this message has appeared in error, please see your network administrator," or something like that. Had I accidentally Googled my way into a terrorist site? No, as a matter of fact, I was trying to look up UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ireland. I was in my room at Bewley's Hotel in the Ballsbridge neighborhood of Dublin, a fairly nice place, the nicest place I'd been in for quite a while.

By |2015-01-09T05:15:50-05:00August 1, 2013|Categories: England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Our Travel Life|3 Comments

Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, England

I would have loved to have seen Fountains Abbey back when. In the early years of the 16th Century, King Henry VIII of England decided that the various Catholic abbeys held too much [...]

By |2018-06-19T15:48:04-05:00June 24, 2013|Categories: England, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |2 Comments