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My What A Lovely Cathedral You Have!

St Paul's Cathedral, London
Chuck Tue, 2016-05-03 07:00
Title picture: St Paul's Cathedral, London Our interest in England's cathedrals began with a happenstance visit to the Carlisle Cathedral in 2014. It's a splendid, dramatic cathedral dating from the Norman era. But unlike St. Paul's in London and the cathedrals of Canterbury and Salisbury, we'd never heard of it, which left us wondering how many more grand cathedrals England has to offer. The answer to that question is 42. From the middle ages on, cathedral building has been a favorite English pastime (anyone who's read Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth knows this well). You can hardly turn...

How To Pick a London Pub

The Blackfriars Pub, London
Chuck Sun, 2016-05-01 07:00
We've often said that the pubs of London are one of the must-see attractions of Britain's capital. But do you plan your London time around visiting pubs? And if so, how do you select which pub (or pubs) to visit? The answer to the first question is easy: yes. Most definitely, yes. Going to London without going to a pub is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower or going to New York and not seeing the Statue of Liberty. London's pubs are a treasure of British culture. If you still have the misconception that a pub is the equivalent of an American bar, you're way off. A British pub...

4 Days in Paris and a Change in Plans

Sacre Couer, Paris
Chuck Fri, 2016-04-29 07:00
We henceforth declare that whenever we visit Paris, we shall stay in Montmartre. We used to have another travel rule that every time we visited Europe we'd spend at least a few days in Paris. But after 3 visits in a row we started skipping stopovers in Paris. Eight years have passed and we now question the wisdom of our absence. We love Paris as much now and we did on our first visit. Paris is, in fact, a principle reason we are full time nomads now: on our first visit, we mused what it would be like to spend an entire year in Paris. That pipe dream evolved into our current location-...

Must-Sees in Prague

Snowy Prague
Chuck Tue, 2016-04-26 07:00
We spent 3 weeks in Prague. Other than our 3 weeks in Montenegro, it was the longest we've stayed put this 7-month stint in Europe. This was partly because we've heard such great things about Prague and partly because we figured it good timing for a longer stay as we wound down our foray into Central Europe and began to make our way back to "The West". The problem with having heard such great things about a place is the high expectations that develop. But Prague delivers on those high expectations. For travelers to Europe who are considering "plunging a bit further", Prague is a great place...

Final Thoughts on Poland

The Cloth Market, Krakow, Poland
Chuck Sun, 2016-04-24 07:00
Rick Steves, our favorite travel guru, described his first foray into Poland after the fall of the wall in dank and dreary terms. He described a grumpy, off-putting people that you had to go out of your way--albeit with only a smile or two--to warm to. Either times have changed or we are more magnetic personalities than Rick, because I think had we been in need of shirts there would've been a few shirtless Poles running around happy that they had run into us. For us, going to Poland was like going to see an aunt and a big brood of cousins we haven't seen in ages. You are greeted in...