London, England. It was a gorgeous day today, and the sun made it seem so much warmer than the last week has been. It seemed like lots of people agreed, and we all convened in London’s Hyde Park for the afternoon.Continue reading “Sunday in the Park with Don”
London, England. I would say that the weather was nice today, but I’d have to admit that there were periods of intense rain and hail, with the periodic sunshine. Good thing we were in a restaurant for the worst of it.Continue reading “Witnessing London”
London, England. This was an unusual day for us, as it did not involve a stately home or a trip outside the city. Instead, In the morning, I spent some time at our favorite podiatrist’s office, learning why I have felt like I was walking on rocks. (Don had a foot issue when we returned from Italy a few years ago, and the same doctor cured him.) In my case, he removed the rock that actually was embedded in my foot, though he called it a pebble. A nuance of language, I guess. Continue reading “Our literary neighborhood”
Maidstone, Leeds. No, we are not in the Leeds in the north of England, but rather in Kent, an hour’s train ride out of London. The object of our desire for the day was Leeds Castle, dubbed “the loveliest castle in the world” by its PR firm.Continue reading “The many lives of Leeds Castle”
Ightham, Kent: Today started, as many good days in London do, with our friends June and Alan picking us up at a train station, heading for an historic site of note, and stopping first for tea or lunch. Continue reading “A little island of beauty”
Outside London in Derbyshire. For sixteen generations, to be a Cavendish – the right Cavendish – has meant being the Duke of Devonshire. With that title comes Chatsworth House, a stately home in the Derbyshire Dales which has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549.Continue reading “Oh, to be a Cavendish…”
London, England. (Do I really have to put in a map?) Yes, we have finally arrived at our home for the month of May, an apartment near Borough Market, just south of the Thames, in an area that’s new to us and looks worthy of exploration. Continue reading “Back in lovely, lovely London”
Amsterdam, Holland. There is so much that is lovely about this city. We have been visiting here for 45 years, and it never fails to impress.Continue reading “The art of Amsterdam”
Amsterdam, Holland. The morning started out sunny, so we commenced to execute our long-planned visit to the Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe. It is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, and approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 80 acres.Continue reading “Tiptoeing through the tulips…”
Amsterdam, Holland. Actually, it’s really Wednesday here, because we spent most of Tuesday flying from Nepal to Dubai. Our flight came into Kathmandu late, and then left late, leaving us approximately three minutes to make our connection to Amsterdam. No surprise – that didn’t happen.
Emirates did all they could, but we ended up sitting in a lounge with everyone else trying to get to points all over the world.
Some could make other flights quickly in that enormous airport, and then 25 of us or so presented more difficulties. The desk staff said they wanted to feed us and took a headcount for veg or non-veg meals. What a surprise to see McDonald’s bags show up!
That chicken Big Mac was pretty tasty. Guess we Americans have made our mark -the Emirates staff was treating themselves to the same meals.Continue reading “If it’s Tuesday, this must be Holland”