May 2016

What's Next?

Chuck and Lori at Glengoyne Distillery, Scotland
Chuck Tue, 2016-05-10 07:00
The problem with travel is that, the more places we've seen, the more places we want to see. Travel is either addicting or the Creator keeps adding to the world. If you're reading this shortly after I've scheduled it to be published, then at this moment we are probably waiting in line to board the Queen Mary 2 for our ride home. This 7 months in Europe has been our longest stint yet, and it might be the last we will enjoy for a little while. Previously when asked how long we plan to do this "nomad thing", we've said at least until the grandchildren start showing up. Well, our first is...

Calke Abbey: The "Real" Downton Abbey?

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire England
Chuck Sun, 2016-05-08 07:00
The television phenomena "Downton Abbey" tells the story of changing times. The series, wildly popular in both the UK and America, follows the English aristocratic Crawley family through the early decades of the 20th century. Juxtaposed against pivotal historical events from the sinking of the Titanic through World War I and the Irish independence movement, the Crawley family must learn to adapt from an era of peerage and entitlement to face the realities of the modern era. The Titanic represents the aristocratic old ways, the Great War is the painful birth of the modern world, and Irish...

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond, Scotland
Chuck Fri, 2016-05-06 07:00
We spent a week in Glasgow in April. Having missed a visit to nearby Loch Lomond the last time we visited Glasgow in 2014, it was #1 on our list this time around. Also while in Glasgow this time, we picked up a new tradition known as "prosecco Fridays". It's a pretty simple matter of popping the cork on a bottle of prosecco every Friday. Thanks Gilly and Guillaume for our new "Scottish" tradition. So, dear reader, while you prepare for your own prosecco Friday, here are a few pictures of Scotland's Loch Lomond.

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...