Category Archives: England

of Illyria Pottery, Katie Coston, and making beautiful things with hands

There’s Something New opening in Oxford this weekend. I’d (almost) brave the return journey just to be there. My friend Katie Coston and her husband Micah are opening Illyria Pottery in Jericho. Oxford, as I’ve said before, is an intriguing … Continue reading

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good will punting

Punting is a tradition in Oxford and Cambridge. I’ve been longing to try it since my first (of many!) readings of Dorothy Sayers’s Gaudy Night. When we first moved to Oxford at the end of the summer in 2010, I was … Continue reading

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of Harrods and escape from reality

On Saturday morning, we walked through Harrods, Europe’s largest (and most famous) department store. It has been around in some form since 1849, has 330 departments, and sees hundreds of thousands of visitors on a single day. Harrods has become … Continue reading

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An Eye on London

The London Eye on the Thames and our hotel in the County Hall. It’s like an enormous bicycle wheel. You step into a little pod (after spending six minutes on the side trying to extricate the baby from the pram … Continue reading

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I said you can never have too many pictures of Big Ben

How is it taking me this long to post about London? The whole adventure was begun and finished in about thirty hours! But that’s the charm of getaways, isn’t it? You seem to fit more living into an ordinary hour … Continue reading

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St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge

We walked to St. Paul’s through the city, arriving just in time for Evensong. At this point we’ve seen several of the structures designed by Christopher Wren, including Oxford’s own Sheldonian Theatre. This was my favorite. Its lavish interior was … Continue reading

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the British Museum

Is it because I’m a teacher? Or because I married an academic? Both? Once in a while museums just get me. And the British Museum is like the mother of all museums. We enjoyed the walk through Bloomsbury in the … Continue reading

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london, i {heart} you

Our little man needed a passport this spring, requiring another visit to the United States Embassy in Grosvenor Square. That meant London. We had been secretly discussing how to manage a night away there when Alex’s mom and dad randomly … Continue reading

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of king’s chapel, cambridge

Our first view of the spectacular chapel at King’s College, Cambridge was from the other side of the River Cam and through the rain. We made our way to it through the city on Saturday afternoon. From the doorway, I … Continue reading

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ah, cambridge

We drove to Cambridge on a beautifully sunny morning that turned abruptly to rain with a splash of hail as we were prying the children from the car to walk the famous “Backs” of the colleges along the River Cam. … Continue reading

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