Today is a day of hope. The UK has voted and it seems that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Brexit can be achieved by 31 January 2020 – at last! I feel that there has been so much stagnation for three and a half years and now the heat can finally be turned on to cook Boris Johnson’s ‘Oven Ready’ Brexit. … Continue reading Certainty?
Every year as a token of gratitude from Norway to the UK for Britain’s support during the Second World War the country sends a tree to be displayed in Trafalgar Square. This tree has an official lighting ceremony and is a British icon. This got me wondering what the top 5 Christmas Trees in America and if there is a story behind any of them. … Continue reading America’s Top 5 Must See Christmas Trees
On my travels I find myself drawn to the photogenic porches and harbour areas with colourful outdoor wooden chairs known as Adirondack Chairs. Also known as Westport or Muskoka Chairs. Here in the UK they are often referred to as Maryland Chair. Originally known as the Westport Chair it was designed by Thomas Lee, a native of Massachusetts, in 1903 while he was holidaying at … Continue reading New England – Adirondack Chairs
Do you think that I have found where Santa is when he is off season? Here are some blogs that I have previously published on the Holiday Season and the best Cities to experience the atmosphere of the ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’. Christmassy Cities to Visit Cherished Memories of Christmas in America Continue reading Is this what Santa does in his time off?
You know I was going to wish all the folks over the Atlantic a ‘Happy Turkey Day’ because it is the third Thursday in November only to realise that it isn’t today, 21 November. In 1939 President Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving from the fourth Thursday to the third Thursday. Then in 1941 the President and Congress decreed that to save any confusion Thanksgiving would be on … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2019!
Love the look of this new hotel experience that opens in January 2020 in Napa Valley California. It is only a pop up hotel (is there such a thing?) for one weekend only 10-12 January 2020. If the chocolate and hazelnut spread is a staple in your household you might be visiting paradise. There is a competition to win a two night stay but only … Continue reading Hotella Nutella – Pops up in Napa Valley
I just watched LBJ that starred Woody Harrelson in the movie made in 2016 about his career. I used my post on Presidential Libraries to find out where LBJ has his. Presidential Libraries Continue reading LBJ – Film 2016
I always buy a poppy that is adopted as a symbol of remembrance and hope for those who lost their lives in conflicts fighting for freedom throughout the Commonwealth. The red paper poppy has now many different forms to show support for the Royal British Legion from rubber bracelets, scarves and decorative jewellery. Soccer teams have an onfield ceremony to remember supporters and players who … Continue reading Armistice Day – when did it become Veterans Day?
My photos reminded me that it is three years since I visited the White House. It still remains a unique visit as a British Citizen and something that I will always cherish. After all the security checks were done one of the biggest thrills was just walking up to the East Wing and letting myself in. The other stand out memory was looking down the … Continue reading November 9 2016 – White House Tour
Over 955 different streets or roads are named after Martin Luther King Jnr in the United States alone. One of the only cities not to have a street named after the Civil Rights campaigner is Kansas City. The previously named road The Paseo that runs for 10 miles through the East Side of the city. The council waived the required pass rate of 75% of … Continue reading Kansas removes Dr Martin Luther King Jnr street name