Category Architecture

Blenheim Palace

The morning after the Chelsea Flower Show I drove out to Oxfordshire in search of some of the masterpieces of Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the 18th Century landscape designer who perfected the English “Landscape Style” and is considered by many to be the Shakespeare of gardening, so great has been his influence through the centuries.  Before […]

Sightseeing along the Cornish coast

First a drive through the narrowest hedgerows to Lizard Point, the southernmost tip of mainland Britain. Then up the coast to the charming village of Mazarion and Saint Michael’s Mount. This actually way exceeded my expectations. From a distance it looks an awful lot like the Mont-Saint-Michel. Same name, same tidal island, on opposite sides […]

Cornwall!

Last night I flew from Brussels to Cornwall because it’s a bank holiday weekend and this piece of England needs some extra time. The initial impression was a bit grim. I was on the last flight into Newquay, managed to pick up a rental car right before they closed, and checked into a rather shabby […]

Brussels!

Another quick work trip to Brussels. It’s one of my favourite trips of the year. So many fond memories from when I was a missionary here (20 years ago, egad!) Amanda asked if I ever imagined back then that I would one day be living in Europe and traveling regularly to Brussels for my profession. […]

Harry Potter!

I figure it wouldn’t do to have lived in London for several years without visiting the Harry Potter studios — if for no other reason than to be able to tell the nieces and nephews about it. Tickets are devilish hard to get hold of, so today’s excursion is the fruit of planning done months […]

Edinburgh

I’ve been to Edinburgh before, and I only had a half-day this time.  So what do prioritize?  The castle, of course.  Because it’s kind of a big deal in terms of castles, and because last time we had (correctly) focused on food tours and not freezing to death. Like Stirling castle, Edinburgh castle sits atop […]

Road trip! Falkirk, Scone, St Andrews, Edinburgh

With the Victoria Square guest house as glorious as it was, I was sorely tempted to linger for a leisurely Easter morning reading in the arm chair in front of those windows . . . but no!  Travel calls!! Twenty minutes up the road, in the otherwise nondescript town of Falkirk, the Kelpies awaited me. […]