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Wandering through Wordsworth country

Wandering through Wordsworth country

GRASMERE, ENGLAND — As the train we boarded at London’s Euston Station encroaches on England’s enchanting Lake District, we realize the scenery framed in our carriage window is what inspired local hero William Wordsworth to write his Lyrical Ballads.
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Tiny Sark has much to offer tourists

Tiny Sark has much to offer tourists

SARK, ENGLAND — The rain had stopped, which renewed my enthusiasm for exploring tiny Sark, an island which is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Smallest of the Channel Islands and only accessible by boat, Sark is unique in that it is a fiefdom granted to the Seigneurie of St Ouen in Jersey way back in 1565, with the proviso that he keep the island free from pirates.
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London a colourful place at Carnival time

London a colourful place at Carnival time

LONDON - Dozens of Caribbean nations celebrate Carnival, hosting party-hearty outdoor festivals packed with costumed crowds grooving to the beat of steel drums.
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Crawling through London - pub by pub

Crawling through London - pub by pub

LONDON - Australian friends were coming for the weekend and my wife was busily planning the itinerary: “I thought we’d go to the Changing of the Guard in the morning, then walk back to Trafalgar and go to the National Portrait Gallery. Then over to Harrods, and maybe finish up on Oxford Street for a little shopping. That okay with you?”
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Snooping around England trailing Inspector Morse

Snooping around England trailing Inspector Morse

BATH, ENGLAND - On several occasions I’ve come to Britain in search of the places and locations featured in the many films made in this magical kingdom that provides so many stunning movie backdrops.
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Return to Bibury - the Cotswold treasure

Return to Bibury - the Cotswold treasure

BIBURY, ENGLAND - As we nervously try to avoid oncoming traffic on the narrow one-lane highway leading into what I remember as a magical Cotswold village, flashes of my last visit to Bibury more than a decade ago start dancing in my head.
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Shipping off to historic Greenwich

Shipping off to historic Greenwich

GREENWICH, ENGLAND - The steel gangplank leading to the tour boats tied up at London’s Westminster Pier strain under the weight of the hundreds of tourists waiting to take a trip back in time to this lovely city on the River Thames.
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Visiting Oxford is a learning experience

Visiting Oxford is a learning experience

OXFORD, ENGLAND - Finally, I can look my snooty Ivy League school friends straight in the eye and tell them “I went to Oxford.”
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Drive through the Cotswold a journey back in time

Drive through the Cotswold a journey back in time

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - Pretty Cotswolds towns filled with honey-coloured limestone cottages flash by as we make our way along narrow back roads in the direction of this regal spa town.
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Churchill’s London ‘bunker’ safeguards the past

Churchill’s London ‘bunker’ safeguards the past

LONDON - The man with the snow-white hair and reddish face greets us with a hearty welcome at the entrance to the Cabinet War Rooms, one of Britain’s best museums.
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