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Front of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England, birth place of Sir Winston Churchill
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Blenheim Palace, birth place of Sir Winston Churchill

“Never before in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to….” one man. Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill   In May 1940, after the shadow of war had descended across Europe, having been ignored for years about the …

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Salisbury Cathedral, home to The Magna Carter
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The Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral

Last time I wrote about my incredible and somewhat unexpected tower tour at Salisbury Cathedral. But our adventure didn’t end with the tour, for apart from being a magnificent testament to medieval architecture, we discovered that the cathedral is also home …

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The Spread Eagle Hotel, Midhurst, Sussex England
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‘The Spread Eagle’ Midhurst, an historic English Inn

The Spread Eagle Hotel can be found in the pretty market town of Midhurst, West Sussex, in the heart of the beautiful South Downs, just over an hour south of London. Steeped in history, it is one of the oldest …

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Chelsea Properties, Chelsea, London, England
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Chelsea, London

Chelsea, London, SW1, one of the most exclusive and of course expensive addresses in London, if not Britain. Close to the River Thames, Chelsea boasts streets of grand mansions and delightful mews properties and some of the capital’s most high …

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Chateau of Monbazillac, near Bergerac, Perigord, France
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Fairy tale châteaux, medieval villages and wine in France’s Dordogne!

Turreted medieval castles towering over hillsides which tumble down into bountiful plateaus resplendent with vineyards, along which is threaded a mighty, twisting river peppered with a collection of picturesque, medieval villages. The former stage for swashbuckling adventurers, elegant ladies in …

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The Rear & Terrace at Harewood House, Yorkshire, England
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Harewood House, the setting for ‘VICTORIA’

If, like me, you enjoy becoming immersed in classic period dramas such as ‘The Crown’, ‘Downtown Abbey’ or ‘Poldark’, which, biased as I am, the Brits excel in producing, have you ever wondered where they are filmed? It is rarely …

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San Francisco's Legion of Honor, California, USA
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Urs Fischer at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor, San Francisco’s beautiful Fine Arts Museum, is a stunning French, neoclassical building perched above the Golden Gate, in Lincoln Field. It boasts an incredible collection of European paintings decorative arts and sculptures with fabulous ever changing …

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Springtime in England, a village house in Turville
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Springtime in England

“Oh, to be in England now that April’s there,” Robert Browning’s words could not have rung more true for me this springtime in England. Simply put it’s pretty, breathtakingly pretty, especially in the spring. Springtime in England ~ rolling fields dotted with …

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Gardens of England at Blenheim
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Grand homes and stunning gardens of England

England is famous for its palaces, castles and grand stately homes. Most sit surrounded by beautifully designed grounds and extensive gardens, commissioned by their dedicated owners centuries earlier. Steeped in a rich history, years of secrets are buried along their …

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