Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas

Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas

(Photo source) Growing up, one of my favorite Christmas songs was the 12 Days of Christmas (who could forget the classic version by John Denver and the Muppets). I used to imagine what it would be like to receive 12 days worth of gifts - all themed after the old English song. Today, I still enjoy 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

The World’s Friendliest Countries

The World’s Friendliest Countries

(Photo source) Life is way too short to not live among friends. So if you're looking to relocate and expand your network of friends at the same time, you may just find a friend in the Cayman Islands. These beautiful isles have been voted the friendliest country on Earth by Forbes- mainly due to 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

Kissing the Blarney Stone

(photo source) When I travel abroad, I try to limit the number of predictable tourist sites I visit. However, sometimes, tourist sites can give us some of the best experiences - and possibly a few tall tales to tell. A few years ago when I was in Ireland, I opted for a "touristy" side trip to Continue reading

15 Minutes with Charles Dickens

15 Minutes with Charles Dickens

Eight years ago I traveled to London and visited Charles Dickens' house - 48 Doughty Street, now a museum - for the first time. Dickens' is one of my very favorite British authors so getting to see the house where he wrote was quite an event for me. My husband and I had already been in Europe 2 Continue reading

3 Reasons to Visit London in 2012

3 Reasons to Visit London in 2012

(photo source) My husband and I have been looking forward to a trip to Europe, particularly Great Britain, in 2012. Unfortunately, when we started looking at airfare, we had a rude awakening. Everywhere we looked, from London, to Paris, to Barcelona, tickets were much more than what we had 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