Saffron Walden, England Some stately homes put a real damper on their hospitality by restricting one’s ability to record their magnificence. Such was the case with Audley End, a Jacobean treasure outside Saffron Waldon in Essex, which is the family seat of the Barons Braybrooke. It is considered one of the finest houses of that era, and though it is a mere one-third of its original size, it is still quite immense. If only photography were allowed inside the house!
London, England We spent a lovely afternoon visiting friends in Highgate and were treated to a delicious luncheon. I would normally call that meal lunch, but this was of such a refined character that it moved up the scale to merit luncheon status.
London, England A trip to London just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum. So many wonderful things to see, a great gift shop and a lovely café. A perfect trifecta for the art-engaged tourist.
London, England So many things that we were hoping to see in Florence migrated years ago to places other than Italy, namely London and Washington DC. And since we’d much rather spend time in London than in our own capital, here we are.
We arrived on a day flight yesterday early evening and were up and at the National Gallery at a very reasonable hour.
Rome, Italy We did a bit of wandering around the city today. Instead of going two blocks one way to go the the Trevi Fountain, we went two blocks the other way to the Pantheon. On the way we passed the Temple of Hadrian, next to our hotel.