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

The Boat Race: Oxford and Cambridge Rivalry

The Boat Race: Oxford and Cambridge Rivalry

(photo source) A few years ago, my husband and I traveled to London, but did a quick stop in Oxford. I had always wanted to see the university and had heard about the famous "Oxford/Cambridge" Boat Race. While in Oxford, we heard mumblings about the race. We knew race day was getting close and Continue reading

Happy Birthday Duchess Kate

Happy Birthday Duchess Kate

(photo source) Happy Birthday Kate! Today, the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton) turns 30. Although she is technically not a princess, being a Duchess has its benefits, including snagging a handsome man who is in line for the throne of England. Although we can't all be a part Continue reading

Recharge Your New Year With 10 Minutes a Day

Recharge Your New Year With 10 Minutes a Day

(photo source) There is no doubt that the holidays are a hectic time of year; yet for many of us, this hectic lifestyle doesn't stop when  the holidays are over. We rush, rush, rush through November and December - buying and wrapping gifts, attending parties, entertaining out-of-town guests, and Continue reading

Christmas in Washington

Christmas in Washington

Yesterday I returned from Washington, DC, after spending 3 days there for what will probably be my last business trip of 2011. As I mentioned before, I've been to Washington many times, mostly on business. However, this was my first time visiting the Capitol during the holidays. After spending a day Continue reading

British Styles at the Gap

British Styles at the Gap

 (Gap's Portobello Road Collection) This weekend, I headed to an outdoor mall for a little back-to-school shopping. No, I'm not personally headed back to school, however, this time of year always makes me want to buy new clothes. I passed by several shop windows before seeing a truly lovely Continue reading

My European Staycation: Tea at the Drake Hotel

My European Staycation: Tea at the Drake Hotel

In keeping with my new goal of having a European staycation in August, I made my way to "England" this weekend via afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. As many of you know in reading my posts, I love to take afternoon tea, whether it is in my own house or in another country. In Continue reading

Finding Europe in My Own Backyard

Finding Europe in My Own Backyard

(photo source) In my previous post, I shared with you several ways that you could have your very own European-themed staycation, no matter where you live. While writing that post, I realized that there are still several experiences I wanted to add to my summer to-do list. And, it just so Continue reading