When Adam and I arrived at the first security point check--the one where agents check your passport and ask you questions about where you have been and what you have been doing--I thought I'd have some fun with the agent. They are soooo serious, and I get that they have to be, but I did…Read more Reminiscing: English Food and Drink
Believe it or not, Adam and I made it back to the U.S. without any serious problems. The car started. Adam drove us to the car rental return. We got on our shuttle. We checked in at the airport. We boarded our flight. It left on time. We landed early. No problems with Customs.…Read more Returning to the U.S.
Oh, how bittersweet my last day in Chawton was. The bitter part? It rained a lot that day, and I had to walk in it a few times. It was a sad, gray day. Actually, the day was mostly sweet, for I got to look through a book that I have been wanting to see…Read more Last Day in Chawton
On August 7, I decided to go back to Basingstoke to see the recently unveiled Jane Austen bronze statue standing in front of the Willis Museum. There I also planned to see one of the Sitting with Jane book benches and an exhibit called "Retail and Romance: Jane Goes to the Ball." In case you…Read more Jane Austen at and in front of the Willis Museum
Pop Quiz: How many of you recognize the building shown behind me? Most of you, probably. Once upon a time I was a fan of Downton Abbey. My favorite characters were the servants, not the wealthy Grantham kin. I watched for Mr. Bates and Anna, mostly. I stopped watching during season 4, particularly after episode 3.…Read more Highclere Castle, aka, Downton Abbey
I never really thought about what kind of beach one finds in England. I guess I imagined a rocky coast like that of Maine. This past weekend I even visited a chalky coast line in Seaford. The beach itself consisted of millions of pebbles ranging in size. I even managed to pick up a heart-shaped one…Read more A British Sand-and-Pebble Beach
I have always wanted to visit the white cliffs of Dover, but they have always been too far away! Little did I know that on this trip I would visit the white cliffs of Seaford, which look like the white cliffs of Dover! As it turns out, there are more white cliffs than one, and…Read more The White Cliffs of England