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Sherlock Holmes Museum (London) with Presepio Canal

Last weekend, I met a new friend at the Sherlock Holmes Museum–Sandra, author of the blog Presépio com Vista para o Canal. She and her husband were in town to celebrate her birthday and how fortunate for me that their schedule permitted for an afternoon outing. Sandra is a big Sherlock Holmes fan and it was […]

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V&A museum and unpacking update

This amazing chandelier is a glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. Last week, I spent a day at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I specifically went to look at the fashion and costume exhibits because Roxi and I are really into sewing right now. Well, gathering ideas for sewing anyway ;-) While I was there, I had […]

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At the Tate Modern

Sometimes I feel like this: Venus of the Rags by Michelangelo Pistoletto. Edited to add: I forgot to mention that I saw this interesting exhibit–Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera.

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A quick look at Leiden, Netherlands

Molen De Valk or “The Falcon” windmill (1753) in Leiden. It has seven stories, all open to the public. We definitely need to go back. Roxi had a jazz gig in Leiden yesterday afternoon… in a BAR. How cool is that? She and her jazz band performed a two hour set–about 14 songs. Now I […]

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Netherlands: The Windmills at Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans calls itself one of Holland’s Top Tourist Destinations and  I am certain that is true. Located just 20 minutes north of Amsterdam by train, this lovely outdoor museum is a wonderful place to sample a bit of this country’s unique history. Since it is less than an hour from our house in Den […]

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 15: It might be cliché, but that’s really what it looked like.

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York, England: National Railway Museum (not just for train enthusiasts!)

After spending four hours at the Castle Museum in York, we decided to hike over to the National Railway Museum. It is a bit of a walk, so if you are short on time, you might consider taking a taxi. Also, you might want to save your touring feet for all the walking you’ll do […]

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York, England: Castle Museum

York is filled with at least two full days worth of goodness–and that’s picking and choosing from many worthy venues. Using the Rick Steves and Michelin guidebooks, we settled on our top three sites: the Castle Museum, the National Railway Museum, and the York Minster. We also enjoyed an evening stroll around the city’s beautiful […]

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Poland: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

Last night before I went to bed, I happened to glace at our wall calendar in the kitchen. There, in tiny letters, I saw the words “Holocaust Memorial Day” on today’s square. I have never heard of this, have you? Apparently, it was first marked in the UK in 2001 to remember the victims of […]

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A Family Reunion (of sorts) and the British Library (again)

Trudy in a nearby field. Taken yesterday in England on my Blackberry Pearl. Saturday, Roxi and I went into London to meet a cousin of mine at Waterloo Station. Actually, it was more of a drive-by reunion since we only spent about 15 or 20 minutes together. But wow-we’d never met before, so it was […]

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