Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates Centennial Year

Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates Centennial Year

(photo source) Chelsea Flower Show, May 21-25, 2013 This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world - the Chelsea Flower Show. First known as the Royal Horticulture Society Great Spring Show from 1862 through 1912, the Chelsea Flower Show has been Continue reading

Destination Nespresso

Destination Nespresso

Although traveling for work can be tiring, tough on the family you leave behind, and often lonely, getting to know the cities you're in can often provide just enough fun and change in scenery to make you appreciate your job, family, and your wonderful life. And, if you do your homework, you can Continue reading

Adventures in Wales

Adventures in Wales

(photo source) Nearly 15 years ago, I ventured to Europe for the first time. Actually, it wasn't so much Europe where I landed, but rather the United Kingdom. For three weeks, I traveled around England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, having, what I would consider now, a very enriching Continue reading

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Darcy:           Pride and Prejudice Turns 200

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Darcy: Pride and Prejudice Turns 200

  (photo source) “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice This week marks the 200th anniversary of one of the most beloved novels by British author Jane Austen - Pride and Continue reading

12 Months of Teapots

12 Months of Teapots

(photo source) After nearly four years of sharing my quaint musings, most of you know how much I adore teacups and teapots. Over the years, I have learned that many of my readers and friends also share this interest. So for all of you tea totalers and collectors, here's something to add to your Continue reading

Fair Isle Memories

Fair Isle Memories

(photo source) Years ago when I traveled to Scotland, I stopped into a small, boutique clothing store, full of hand-made sweaters and other knitwear. The shop, with its hardwood floors and table displays, had the ultimate warm and cozy feeling - like Christmas morning in front of a fireplace. Continue reading

Canadian Adventure: Ottawa’s Top 5 Attractions

Canadian Adventure: Ottawa’s Top 5 Attractions

On the last leg of my Canadian adventure, I headed to the capital - Ottawa. Although it is located in Ontario, it is literally on the border of Quebec, the French-speaking province. One strange thing I noticed on my drive from Mont Tremblant, Quebec, to Ottawa, Ontario, was that there were Continue reading

Travel Insights from the New York Times

Travel Insights from the New York Times

(photo source) Each week, I look forward to reading the many travel articles on the New York Times web site. From the Frugal Traveler - who shares tips on how to travel on a budget, to 36 Hours - an hour by hour guide on what to explore in popular cities if you are limited on time, the travel Continue reading

Walking the Dog in Baltimore

Walking the Dog in Baltimore

I am not a huge beer drinker. However, if there is one beer that I enjoy, it is Newcastle Brown Ale. From the slightly sweet, slightly bitter taste, to the rich color and smooth finish, this English beer is one of the best. I first tried Newcastle many years ago upon my first trip to England. I Continue reading

5 Days at Royal Ascot

5 Days at Royal Ascot

(photo source) This year marks the 301st year of Royal Ascot, the most valuable and popular horse race meeting in Europe. From June 19 to June 23, over 30 races will take place and £4.5 million in prize money will be at stake. If you are not one of the 300,000 visitors expected to attend this Continue reading

Black-Tie Optional

Black-Tie Optional

(photo source) Bonjour Everyone! I am headed to beautiful Baltimore in just a few days where I will be attending a black-tie optional Gala (ooh la la!). I would love to report that the Gala event is in celebration of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, but alas, it is not. Nonetheless, it is a Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II and Her Diamond Jubilee

  (Photo source) This weekend, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee with 60 years as Queen and Head of State of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealths. At 86 years old, the Queen has celebrated numerous accomplishments and reached significant milestones, Continue reading