Oxford (A Photo Diary)

Dear Reader,

It’s true what the masters say about Oxford. As I cannot put into words as eloquently as the literary greats, I will allow them to do the talking.

“In spite of the roaring of the young lions at the Union, and the screaming of the rabbits in the home of the vivisect, in spite of Keble College, and the tramways, and the sporting prints, Oxford still remains the most beautiful thing in England, and nowhere else are life and art so exquisitely blended, so perfectly made one.”

-Oscar Wilde

DSC01944“The world surely has not another place like Oxford; it is a despair to see such a place and ever to leave it, for it would take a lifetime and more than one to comprehend and enjoy it satisfactorily.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Bath in the Autumn (Photo Diary)

Dear Reader,

If you ever have the chance to go, please do. I loved this place far better than even London. It was full of history, romance, culture, and gelato. Everywhere we walked we saw the charming remnants of ancient stories. I hope you enjoy.

DSC01667“Oh! Who can be ever tired of Bath?”― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

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Stonehenge and Salisbury Photo Diary

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I am mad at myself for taking so long to post all these. I wish I had a better excuse than it-takes-so-long-to-go-through-them. All the same, we spend a day at Stonehenge and Salisbury. The stones were other-worldly. I am not sure I knew what I would feel upon meeting them, but I have to say the word that best fits the overall impression is unexpected.

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Hampton Court Palace (A Photo Diary)

Dear Reader,

If you do visit England (and I highly recommend it), do see Hampton Court Palace. It was gifted to Henry VIII by Cardinal Wolsey in 1529 and is chock-full of history. The immense gardens are worth a stroll in, and even boasts the oldest grapevine in England.

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Tintagel, Cornwall (A Photo Diary)

Dear Reader,

Here is a collection of photos from our recent trip to Tintagel, Cornwall where we met King Arthur, wandered around Tingatel Castle ruins, explored Merlin’s cave, gathered wild blackberries, and even befriended a mouse. Nothing prepared me for the natural beauty we encountered there. I am not sure if you are a believer in the Arthur story, but I certainly was captivated by its spell. Enjoy!

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Long Live the King!

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The Last Sun of York

Last month I had the chance to live out a life-long dream and spend our summer vacation in England. I have been putting off this post because of the sheer volume of content that I need to process in order to share it. I intended to go chronologically through our holiday, but London is just too daunting right now that I don’t even want to begin. Sitting on my couch this morning, going through a plethora of photos when my alarm on my phone goes off reminding me that today is King Richard III’s birthday. Yes, I am a fan. It was settled. I would start with Leicester. The last day of our visit to England. I suppose I can work my way backward considering the serendipitous nature of my morning. Without further ado, The Last Son of York…

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Summertime Road Trip

Dear Reader,

Here is the photo diary of our road trip up to Mount Rushmore and back. We started in California and drove through Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Utah. It was such an amazing experience. The boys loved it, and we made so many memories.

Sincerely,

Chelsea

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