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Back from England–lots of visiting, lots of books

In the air near Manchester on a bmiaby flight. One day I’d love to go for a nice hike in all that. But where are the trees? It was a fabulous weekend! No crumpets, though. No time for the grocery store. Instead, I came back with a suitcase filled with books. I have no idea […]

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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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York, England: Getting there

Since we weren’t sure about the NL move this summer (meaning we might be leaving the UK soon), we decided we would take some of Roxi’s two-week Spring Break and see some things in England. After thumbing through a few guidebooks, and checking what was available accommodations-wise, we decided to head up to York in […]

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Billy Elliot, London’s Victoria Palace Theatre

I’d like to report I LOVED “Billy Elliot” at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre. I really would. But it’s a little hard for me to say after yesterday’s matinee because the show was “terminated” before the curtain went up for the second Act! That’s right, Roxi and I experienced our very first cancelled show.  What I […]

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Daunt Books, London

I met Bee in London yesterday. I like to leave our meeting places up to her because she always suggests the perfect spots for our get-togethers. Last time, we met in Notting Hill. This time she suggested MaryleboneHigh Street. The main reason we were in Marylebone was for this fantastic place: Daunt Books. A bookworm like […]

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Monday ramblings

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know about my ongoing love of bikes in Europe, specifically in The Netherlands. I saw this sad little bicycle in London along the Thames a couple of weekends ago. Poor thing. I have photos of happier bikes here and here. We went to a nearby garden […]

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London’s Southbank and more books

Here are a couple more photos from our trip into town on Saturday: On the way to the Jubilee Walk from Waterloo Station. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of seeing Big Ben and Parliament. And one of these days before we repatriate, I will get on that London Eye–acrophobia be damned! The Southbank […]

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Tuesday Ramblings

This photo has nothing to do with today’s post. I just forgot to post it yesterday. As we were walking toward Leister Square on Saturday, we saw this group of police hurrying toward the Gaza rally in Trafalgar Square. Apparently some protesters broke the windows of a nearby Starbucks. You just never know what you’ll […]

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Hi, it’s me again.

You know that weekly format I said I’d go to? Never mind. I can’t seem to function without my weekday brain dump here at JaPRA, so this blog will continue as is. If I disappear without warning, that means my art muse has paid me a visit and we’re in the studio.  What’s new around […]

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Out with the old

Dear Universe, I would really like to stop being a pack rat.  Thank you for listening, JaPRA PS For my UK friends, where do you take clothes to donate to charity? Do you just show up at the charity shops? Do you have make an appointment? Telephone for a pick up? I have books and […]

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