A spring day in Paris

I took the Eurostar from London to Paris and stayed overnight. The next morning was beautiful -- fresh and sunny. Perfect for walking around. I was starting to get a cold when I left England and it was not helped by my walking about 15 kilometres over the course of the day. Waiting in St.... Continue Reading →

Oxford Literary Festival

The rest of the week of talks in Oxford was as good as the opening weekend. A couple days of heavy rain kept me from doing much else, though luckily the skies cleared in time for a walking tour of Literary Oxford. It seems every significant novelist or poet went to an Oxford college and... Continue Reading →

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

I spent a warm summer day last year in Kew Gardens, enjoying the beds and borders and getting inspiration for my own garden (which is actually a small balcony covered in flora). There is a lot of ground to cover there and I was pretty exhausted by the end of the day. Luckily my hotel... Continue Reading →

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