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

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