Header photo – Maes Howe, Orkney / Border photo – tulips at Keukenhof Gardens
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Category Archives: UK
In addition to the terrific tours of Europe for military, historical, literary and garden buffs, take a look at these new listings. Click on the Tours Int’l link under HOT LINKS! to the right for a complete catalog. Some tours, … Continue reading
I know people who fly British Airways regularly, mostly trans-Atlantic. Be aware though, folks – BA’s short haul flights won’t include food, so keep your sterling handy or bring your own snacks. I’m tempted to advise bringing high-aroma foods (I’ve … Continue reading
The Christmas holidays usually mean reduced services for all public transport in and around Londontown; click on the link for a spreadsheet overview of the week ahead — Planned Works for the holiday week. Closures and off-normal service schedules begin … Continue reading
I went looking for a book that Waterstone’s didn’t have on my last trip to London. Traipsed up Charing X Rd to Foyles – the first time I’d been there since 1990 with Mom. The old location had a giant … Continue reading
Blognote – In the interest of shorter blog posts to cater to ever-diminishing attention spans (not least of which is my own!), here is the first of several posts about the Neolithic sites on Orkney. With all the known settlements … Continue reading
A roundup of food and other news from Oxford Mail. Changes, perhaps not all for the best, coming to Oxford Rail Station. A more recent update from BBC news here. Oxford Kitchen restau. The Rusty Bicycle for great pizzas and … Continue reading
There are tons of cozy little streets all over London known as “mews”. On my daily stroll to Paddington station from my hotel last year, I passed a couple of these and decided I would looove to live on one … Continue reading
The latest in a continuing series of artworks, each of which resides for about a year on the previously unoccupied fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. It’s a giant blue rooster entitled Hahn/Cock. I especially like the pigeons sitting below … Continue reading
Haaj. Hola. Hello! Coming to the end of the first week on vaca. Wi-fi has been spotty to say the least. The hotel in London only had access in the lobby, a real pain. The place I stayed in Alkmaar … Continue reading
TfL (Transport for London) has some additional thoughts on how to survive the Olympic travel pressures.
Just my luck that my vacation plans didn’t include checking these out first. The Jazz and Blues fest starts Friday, followed by the Arts festival, the Military Tattoo, Fringe, International Festival, Book Festival. These overlap from early August thru early September. … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. An interview with one of the divers on the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s ship that sank like a stone right after her launch. Then make plans to visit the new museum next year (it reopens late this … Continue reading
From the London Independent. The Thames, along with other rivers in the U.K., is getting so clean that trout fishing is making a comeback.
From the London Independent – the 10 best English gardens open to visitors. Great places to celebrate springtime. Click on the link for prices and websites.
From the Oxford Mail. If you’re in or near Oxford, England this weekend, check out the Chocolate Festival. I wish I’d known!
A brass memorial plaque in England names two casualties of Gallipoli but the plaque’s original home is unknown. From the Oxford Mail. Will post any updates.
From the London Independent, a new Welsh company enters the jeans market. And a Swedish label comes to London.
Cleaning up the Banbury Cross for the Queen’s Jubilee. Who gets to ride a cock horse, I wonder? From the Oxford Mail.
Nags Head pub will get some major renovations and reopen later in the year. CAMRA is excited. From the Oxford Mail.
A town in Oxfordshire raises a new bell to mark Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee.
From the Oxford Mail. New canvas lines were added around the Uffington White Horse, a prehistoric hillside chalk carving near Oxford, England. Locals are upset, but it’s canvas and does not affect the existing chalk. Lax security should perhaps be … Continue reading
A new high speed express train is almost ready to join the Cotswold line. (But how fast will it really travel?) From Oxford Mail.
Reopening after being destroyed by fire, Cherwell Valley rest stop will be clean and green. From Oxford Mail
If this becomes a reality, it will make staying cheaply near Oxford really easy!
Wantage, near the Uffington White Horse, scores high on mystery visit. (from Oxford Mail)
Tours International now booking their Jane Austen tours for 2012 They also have a variety of military tours, tours with historical themes, tours relating to other literary figures, garden tours. These are regularly offered but the company will also create … Continue reading
Go for a walk. Here are 50 from the London Independent. Walks from 2.5 to 14 miles and all lengths in between. Something for everyone and maybe not just for winter!
Tube station closures on a few lines and line shutdown of the Northern Line this weekend
Thanks to a London friend, I took a walking tour of London before Christmas that I would probably never have found on my own. The name of the outfit that conducted the tour is Hairy Goat and if you are a … Continue reading
from the London Independent… After a huge expansion and updating, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is open to visitors again.