Category Archives: England

Stonehenge: The mystery remains

Sometimes gray days just add to the atmosphere.  At least it did the day we left London to see Stonehenge, one of those places we had read about for years but really didn’t know if we’d see in our lifetime. … Continue reading

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Parting shots: London

Not many people would spend such a short time in London — only a day and a half for us. And most visitors would want to see all the places marked in bold print in their tour guides.  But since … Continue reading

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Stay the Night: London’s Grovesnor House, a JW Marriott Hotel

Settled squarely in the Mayfair section of London with a posh Park Lane address, Grosvenor House puts you in the center of uptown luxury.   But with a focus on gentility, service and personal attention, it’s much more than just … Continue reading

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Three things to do at Shakespeare’s Globe even when the play’s not the thing

Visiting the Shakespeare’s Globe after teaching the works of the bard to countless high schoolers — some in love with the form, others just tolerant — is a rite of passage, or at least it was for me.  But visiting in winter … Continue reading

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Party-ready men’s fashions: Selfridges in London

When you travel, you may hit those travel book high spots starred and written in boldface.  Why not?  They’re tourist stops for a reason.  We check ’em off our list like everyone else does.  But we also like walking neighborhoods, … Continue reading

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Shiny and black: Doors on London’s Park Street

When you travel, walking the neighborhood near your hotel is one way to get a feel for how people really live.  And, if doors are any indication of the people inside the homes in the Mayfair section of London, we … Continue reading

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Cruise the Thames with London’s Oyster Card

You never know just how valuable a concierge can be ’til he gives you information that 1) saves you money and 2) gets you where you want to be!  Thanks to Grosvenor House: JW Marriott for hiring a man who … Continue reading

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Unexpected glitz: London’s Bond Street

Sometimes we arrive at a hotel, put our things down, and head to the Concierge Lounge to get a bite to eat.  And that’s what happened on a chilly December afternoon when we arrived at London’s Grosvenor House: A JW … Continue reading

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Postcards from England: Christmas 2016 — Cotswolds Elegance

Dear Readers, From the glitz and glamour of holiday season in London to the understated tones of the Cotswolds, Christmas is celebrated in many ways in England. Some homes in the country add only a single wreath on the door. … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Shimmer at Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel

Dear Readers, Here’s a Postcard from England: Christmas 2016 from Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel in London, a hotel that shimmered with gold and silver all through the house. From the elegantly shiny trees outside to glittery table arrangements … Continue reading

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