Monthly Archives: September 2016

The England 2016 Beer List

Yes, by popular demand, here’s this year’s England 2016 Beer List. Our guarantee: I had at least one 20-oz. pint of each and many of some. Butcombe “Rare Breed” (3.8%) Ascot Ales “Alligator Ale” (4.6%) Timothy Taylor “Landlord” (4.3%) Zero … Continue reading

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Coda: Home Again and Trip Reflections

And now it’s Saturday morning and the day of my departure for home, and off we go to the airport. My rail pass is even good on the Heathrow Express, a special train between Paddington Station and the airport, which … Continue reading

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Sunken Cities and Hidden Markets

After a good night’s sleep at the Hilton, I fortified myself with a good breakfast at their lavish buffet. There’s a lot to like about this full-on spread and it has a lot more emphasis on healthy stuff (fruits, yogurt, … Continue reading

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In the City Along the Thames

London is a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transport. It’s been a major settlement for at least two millennia. It is, for me, a small but significant … Continue reading

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A Warm Return to London

After a nice breakfast and a leisurely reading of the Times, I paid my bill at The Head of the River and took a cab to the Oxford train station. There I caught the next train for London’s Paddington Station. I have … Continue reading

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A Pleasant Stay in Oxford

Oxford is one of my favorite places and I enjoy coming here whenever I can. My Great Western Railway train ride from Bath was fine except for a 30-minute delay, reportedly due to someone being hit by a train an … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Roman Baths

Monday morning, bright and early, my taxi picked me up in Port Issac and deposited me back at the Bodmin Parkway rail station, where I caught the train for Bath. That’s pronounced “bah-th”. Once again, I had a lovely, comfortable … Continue reading

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Fun Cornwall Facts

Port Issac is in Cornwall, a county in the far southwest of Britain. Like many counties, it has a rich history, an ancient language, and plenty of local pride. Here are a few things I learned while in Cornwall: The … Continue reading

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Welcome to Portwenn – Home of Doc Martin

For those unfamiliar with it, Doc Martin is a British TV comedy-drama series starring Martin Clunes and shown in the U.S. on PBS. The Doc’s character is a former London surgeon super-star who develops a blood phobia and flees to … Continue reading

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To Cornwall by Rail

I spent an uneventful, but pleasant, day lounging around Reading and visiting my old haunts. A good night’s sleep left me without a trace of jet lag and I was ready for my next destination.I fortified myself with the Novotel’s … Continue reading

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