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Mar 31, 2014 - North Wales - March 2014

A three day trip to Portmeirion (where The Prisoner was filmed - 1960's television series); we stayed in Criccieth, Wales; visited Carnarfon Castle and Conwy Castle. Caerrnarfon and Conwy were both built by Edward I. . Caernarfon Castle: Wikipedia: Caernarfon Castle (Welsh: Castell Caernarfon) is a medieval fortress in Caernarfon, Gwynedd, north-west Wales cared for by Cadw, the Welsh Government's historic environment service. There was a motte-and-bailey castle in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when King...

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Feb 8, 2014 - Eyam Hall - the plague village

Paul and I made a trip to Eyam Hall and Village in December. Quite a history. See the information below courtesy of the National Trust and Wikipedia: . "Nearly 350 years ago the community village of Eyam made the ultimate sacrifice to prevent the spread of the deadly plague – their own lives. . The village is best known for being the "plague village" that chose to isolate itself when the plague was discovered there in August 1665, rather than let the infection spread. The village was founded and named by Anglo-Saxons, although lead had been...

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Feb 3, 2014 - Chatsworth Country Fair - August 2013 / Cruise - October 2013

Hello, All, I know I am way far behind on my trip journal. It was a busy travel year with friends and family visiting from the US. Home in May for Dan's college graduation then off to the Derbyshire countryside with my brother and his wife, then a week in Italy. . Paul and I did a cruise through the Mediterranean in October. Lovely ship, beautiful weather and scenery - but a bit too many people for me - over 2,500 on the cruise, including the staff. We were in France, Monaco, Italy (Pompeii was fascinating), Montenegro and Croatia. Croatia...

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Dec 28, 2013 - Boxing Day in Ashbourne

Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers.[1] Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and other Commonwealth nations. . The exact etymology of the term "boxing day" is unclear. There are several competing theories, none of which is definitive.[3] The...

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Dec 24, 2013 - Merry Christmas to One and All

We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year. I know I'm behind on my trip journal, will get right on that as soon as the holiday season quiets down a bit! It's Christmas Eve morning and though we've got some mighty winds today - anywhere from 25 to 40 mph, the sky is partly cloudy the sun is in and out. I took a long walk through the fields with one of my neighbors and his two dogs - Jess and Dell - they are both Border Collies - and love to chase sticks - no matter what size! See the pic of Dell, the bigger the...

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Aug 18, 2013 - More words and sayings

nesh - is an English dialect adjective meaning unusually susceptible to cold weather; US word would be "freeze baby" . In tucks - to laugh hysterically, so that you can barely breathe; I wonder if this had anything to do with Friar Tuck of Robin Hood fame? . super numerary - not belonging to a regular staff but engaged for extra work. . nosh - a snack, a nibble

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Jun 30, 2013 - Our move to Cubley,near Ashbourne

Sorry it's been so long since I've updated the travel journal. Paul and I were back in the US in May for Dan's graduation from Miami University. It was a quick trip in and out. We arrived back in the UK on the 15th and my brother and his wife arrived two days later. See our visit and trips with them in another entry. May was a busy month - so was June! . As soon as Marty and Cathy left I went to packing up the house for our move from Holbrook to Cubley, about a half hour west. Back at the end of February our landlord paid us a visit to let...

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May 3, 2013 - The Lake District - May 2013

Paul and I were invited up the The Lake District by one of his work colleagues who own a cottage near Grasmere. As you can see by the photos, it is an absolutely beautiful part of the country, up in the northwest - about 5 hours from where we live in the Midlands. . We had quite a few long hikes through the countryside, had some great meals at local pubs and tea rooms. We had a lovely few days up in the Lake District, I hope we can go back.

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Apr 29, 2013 - The Crooked Spire Church - Chesterfield

Today I went up to see Shirley and Frank Shaw. Frank is Kate's Dad, my dear friend in Cleveland. They live in Rowsley, about a half hour from Holbrook. Shirley took me into Chesterfield for some shopping and a look at the city, as well as The Crooked Spire Church. It turned out to be a beautiful day as you can see from the blue skies in the photos. Here's a little history on The Crooked Spire Church: Wikipedia: "Chesterfield Parish Church is an Anglican church dedicated to Saint Mary and all saints, located in the town of Chesterfield in...

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Apr 22, 2013 - The Palace at Versaille

The Palace at Versailles is most likely the most opulent, extravagant, over the top architectural marvel I've ever seen. Gold, jewels, paintings, and more gold and more pretentiousness. Remarkable. However, totally not my style ... :-) . We did a tour of the Palace, the Grand Trianon, the Petite Trianon, as well as the hamlet that Marie Antoinette had built for herself to enjoy life in a much simpler environment. The other 5 Americans and I had lunch on the grounds and had some long walks around the very manicured grounds.

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Apr 20, 2013 - Paris - April

Yes, the old song, "I love Paris in the Spring time" is true, it was beautiful and sunny - a huge contrast to what we'd been experiencing in the UK. Paul had a business trip and I was lucky enough to be able to accompany him and do a bit of sight seeing with friends. It was a jam packed 4 days, along with a trip to Versailles for me via a group tour with 5 other Americans. More pictures in another entry. . You'll see a photo of tons and tons of locks on the bridge fencing . These are all put on by locals and visitors in the name of love,...

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Apr 8, 2013 - Lichfield Cathedral

I took a trip with Vivien Wilson down to Lichfield Cathedral. I met Vivien through my friend, Sibylle, whose husband, Heinz, is on a three year assignment for Lubrizol in China, currently they are living in Beijing. While Sibylle was living in the UK 10 years ago, while Heinz was on assignment in the Hazelwood Office (where Paul now works), she met Vivien through a graphic design class. Vivien and I found we have something in common - besides our watercolors and our gardens - our love of cathedrals, so she was kind enough to drive me to...

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