The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in SW London, England, U.K.

Yet a third ancient coronation site proved a superb holiday road trip stop – this time, the historic market town where Saxon kings were once crowned. Kingston upon Thames is situated in southwest London and is a more affordable alternative to staying downtown. The small and vibrant borough is easily walkable and true to its…

A Visit to Pemberley – Lyme Park, Peak District, England, U.K.

Pride and Prejudice, published by Jane Austin in 1813, is one of the most-loved books in English literature. The BBC aired a 6-episode television adaptation in 1995. It too became a smashing success and is watched and rewatched on DVD by fans around the world, including Bosco. It was therefore imperative that we visit Lyme…

Culloden Battlefield in Scotland, U.K.

The final battle of the Jacobite Rising against the British Government was fought on Culloden Battlefield in 1746. It was a decisive victory for William Augustus’s Loyalist troops over Charles Stewart’s primarily Scottish Jacobian forces. It is estimated that 1500-2000 Jacobites died versus only 50-300 Government soldiers. It was the last pitched battle (both sides…

Excellent Edinburgh in Scotland, U.K.

When visiting the Scottish capital, stay downtown to take advantage of all the wonderful things to see and do. We stayed at the Ibis Centre South Bridge, which made it easy to explore the Royal Mile and surrounding areas. Wish we could have stayed longer! 

The wines of Castiglione Falletto and Barolo, Piemonte, Italy

The beautiful hilly landscape south of Turin is home to vineyards that produce some of the finest wines in Italy (and the world). Spending a couple nights in Castiglione Falletto and tasting the local varieties is perhaps the truest embodiment of “La Vita Dolce” one can experience – delizioso! Piemonte’s wine country is also a…

The capital of Piemonte – Torino (Turin), Italy

Northern Italy’s Piemonte region’s capital is home to much more than the famous shroud of Turin. The birthplace of the slow food movement is rife with culinary delights, including some of the world’s finest wines (e.g. Barolo, Nebbiolo, and Barbera varieties) and hazelnut chocolates (e.g. Nutella and Guido Gobino). Torino was Italy’s first capital city (1861) and…