Reflections from 2019 – An Epic Year of Travel

This was an epic year of travel for me – the best ever. I was very fortunate to be able to go somewhere special each month. I visited National Parks in the US  as well as a few new places in my home country. I had a completely unique experience as a volunteer citizen scientist in Kenya. And my feet touched the soil of South America for the first time. To top it all off, I was totally spoiled on a one of a kind barge cruise on the Burgundy Canal in France. I don’t think any year in travel can get much better.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Wishing You a Magical Holiday

To all my friends, family, readers and followers – sending you lots of butterbeer and other Hogwarts goodies for a truly magical season, whatever holiday you celebrate. (Wishing this was a photo of my castle, but it is actually the Hogwarts Great Hall at Warner Brothers Studio outside of London).

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

 

My Merry Christmas Train Trip – A British Pullman Day Trip to the Winchester Christmas Market

I can’t think of any better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a special Christmas train trip that hearkens back to the golden age of train travel. I love taking unique rail journeys, and the British Pullman day trip from London to the Winchester Christmas market certainly promised to be a magical experience.

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No Bah Humbugs Here – 25 Festive Things To Do in London in December

Christmas Markets, decorated trees, sparkling lights and holiday concerts galore. On my recent trip to London I found the city  wrapped up in all things Christmas. There is always a lot to do in London and this time of year, even more so. So after spending ten days getting into the holiday spirit, here is my list of festive things to do in London in December.

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PhotoPOSTcard: London’s Official Christmas Tree

Each year the official Christmas tree in London is displayed at Trafalgar Square. The tree is a Norwegian Spruce from Norway that is 50 to 60 years old and is donated by the city of Oslo. This tradition started in 1947 as a show of gratitude for Britain’s help to Norway during WWII.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: The Great Christmas Pudding Race

One of the fun holiday events I observed in London was the Great Christmas Pudding Race at Covent Garden. To raise money for Cancer Research, teams dressed up in costume raced around an obstacle course while trying to hold on to a Christmas Pudding. In the UK a Christmas pudding is a steamed cake, which does wobble a bit but not quite as much as an American pudding would.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Christmas Tree and the London Eye

Along with Big Ben and the Tower Bridge, the London Eye has become an iconic structure that immediately identifies the city which is ironic because it was initially built for only a five year run to celebrate the millennium.  This  Christmas tree is one of many that I saw throughout London on my visit this December.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Keeping Watch

This statue of two time British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stands in Parliament Square Garden in London and has him looking directly toward the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. It’s almost as if he is standing guard and keeping an eye on the Houses of Parliament across the street.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Deck the Halls

One of my favorite department stores in London is Fortnum and Mason. It started as a grocery store in the early 1700’s and continues to be a purveyor of fine food and drink to this day. I especially love having afternoon tea at the store’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Room. For the Christmas Holidays, Fortnum and Mason went all out decorating both inside and outside the store.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Christmas Lights in London

It seems that London goes all out for Christmas. Hanging over the shopping streets of Regent Str. Oxford Str. and Bond Str. were miles of huge light installations that blinked and put on a continuous show.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose