England

A London Connection

A London Connection

  We got some good news in Pittsburgh this past week as British Airways announced it will be re-establishing its PIT to London Heathrow non-stop flight after a 20-year hiatus. Simon Brooks, the senior vice president for BA’s North American operation stated one of the key reasons is that Pittsburgh’s economy has really diversified over […]

Say Thank You, Please

Say Thank You, Please

I may have said it before, but my upbringing in manners and etiquette was quite formal.  I can still remember each time my brother and I would go to spend the night at our friend Jimmy’s house, which was often, being told by our parents “say ‘yes, sir’ and ‘yes, ma’am,’” though Jimmy’s mother Nancy […]

Lyme Regis: The Quintessential English Seaside Town

Lyme Regis: The Quintessential English Seaside Town

When you travel along the Dorset Coast in South West, England, you’ll come across many small towns dotting the coast, but none quite like the beach-side community of Lyme Regis. The town, with its mix of pastel and white-washed homes climbing up the hillside away from the beach, is reminiscent of much sunnier and tropical […]

Stonehenge, Then and Now

Stonehenge, Then and Now

Stonehenge has changed a lot over the years, but what’s important remains the same. The first time I visited the most famous stacked stones in the world was almost 20 years ago. We just hopped in the car and drove toward Salisbury from London and followed a set of road signs. I remember rolling down […]

England Bound: The Visit

I mentioned back in January we were getting ready to run off to warmer weather near the end of February, and we did find warmer weather.  The post just before we left was all about the arctic temperatures gripping western Pennsylvania, so, finding weather in the 40s was a major improvement.  We hoped for a […]

England Bound

With the holidays winding down it’s time for Amanda and me to start planning our winter break. Most of the time, Amanda gives me a budget of a couple thousand dollars and we escape to some place with crystal clear water and warm temperatures. I can’t express how much I look forward to running away […]

Venice: Leave Your Rolling Luggage at Home

Venice: Leave Your Rolling Luggage at Home

If you’re planning a visit to Venice, choose your luggage carefully. The city council is said to be considering a ban on rolling luggage, at least for tourists. While residents would still be allowed to use bags with wheels, tourists could be fined $620. The rationale? Rolling luggage is noisy on the city’s labyrinth of […]