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

Mardis Gras Around the World

Mardis Gras Around the World

(photo source) Whether it's colorful beads, King Cake, or overindulgence - there are signs of Mardi Gras everywhere. Although in the US, Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans, countries all over the world celebrate this pre-Lenten festival, only by a different name. Other notable Mardi Gras 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

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: An Elizabethan Christmas

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: An Elizabethan Christmas

(Photo source) Two years ago, I wrote about the Christmas traditions of Victorian England. Although Victorian England is one of my favorite eras, Elizabethan England - the time of Shakespeare - is a close second (minus all of the torture and head chopping). So, as Christmas is less than one week 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

Twinings’ Boston Tea Party

Twinings’ Boston Tea Party

(photo source) In 1706, Thomas Twining opened his first tea room in London. By 1831, Twinings company had launched its first brand of Earl Grey tea, a brand and taste that would remain consistent and intact for 180 years...that is, until this year. In April, Twinings tea, one of the most 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