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Inside the 'Real' Downton Abbey

Inside the 'Real' Downton Abbey

NEWBURY, ENGLAD - For fans of the hit TV mini-series Downton Abbey, a visit to Highclere Castle is essential. The shiow is filmed at the castle, and stepping into its elegant rooms is like entering the world of the beloved Crawley family.
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Britain's Bath is gushing with pride again

Britain's Bath is gushing with pride again

BATH, ENGLAND – It’s graduation day and the banks of the River Avon are crowded with caps and gowns and the students wearing them jockey for position as parents and friends snap photographs of the momentous moment.
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Wales a golfer's paradise

Wales a golfer's paradise

NEWPORT, WALES – The nose of the tiny golf cart Luke Jennings is piloting dips into the lush Usk Valley and the stage on which the 38th Ryder Cup Matches in 2010 will be played comes into full view. It’s a spectacular sight.
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Welsh town a living museum

Welsh town a living museum

CAERLEON, WALES – In a land full of sweet surprises, this tiny village may be the sweetest of them all. "Caerleon is beautiful. Caerleon may be the loveliest village in all of Wales. If you’ve not seen Caerleon, then you’ve not seen Wales."
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Cardiff a city of sweet treats

Cardiff a city of sweet treats

CARDIFF, WALES – A small dusting of sugar that had dropped from the Welsh cakes I so exuberantly devoured settles on my black trousers and a young server offers to sweep away the sweet residue with a small brush.
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Movie tourism trail puts spotlight on Britain

Movie tourism trail puts spotlight on Britain

KETTLEWELL, ENGLAND – Long before Helen Mirren became the queen of our hearts with her Acadamy Award-winning portrayal of the British monarch in The Queen, she already ruled the silver screen thanks to her many other excellent performances. One of her most memorable was in the delightful flick Calendar Girls.
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Whitby an appetizing place to visit

Whitby an appetizing place to visit

WHITBY, ENGLAND – It was midday by the time we arrived in this pretty Yorkshire fishing town nestled by the North Sea. We had worked up a considerable appetite on our drive from historic York, so, we asked a local man where we might find the best fish and chips?
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London's Borough Market a hidden treasure

London's Borough Market a hidden treasure

LONDON – Long before you see Borough Market, you smell it. Good smells. Like the kind produced by hot loaves of freshly baked bread left to cool on a rack outside one of the market's 80 stalls. Or sharp ones that come wafting from a cheese shop at the rear of the outdoor food emporium. And sweet ones rising from a table covered in chocolate truffles.
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England's Historic York is a Shambles

England's Historic York is a Shambles

YORK, ENGLAND – We asked the old man sweeping the stoop outside his medieval shop on one of this city’s famed narrow streets what the area was called. “Shamble." he replies.
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A drive through Dartmoor is fabulous

A drive through Dartmoor is fabulous

CHAGFORD, ENGLAND – The ancient wooden doors of St. Michael the Archangel Church were left wide open the day we stopped to tour this former tin mining town. So we poked our heads inside but recoiled almost immediately.
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