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Postcards from Ireland and the Isle of Man

Last post I shared some photos from our summer trip to the UK. Today, I'd love to show you some of my favorites from the second half of our trip, where we stopped in Ireland and the Isle of Man. Our first stop in Ireland was the Antrim coast and the Giant's Causeway in Northern… Continue reading Postcards from Ireland and the Isle of Man

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Postcards from Scotland

Things were pretty quiet in this space during July, mainly because we took an epic trip with my family to Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man to celebrate my parents' anniversary. After our honeymoon last summer in England (during which we kept saying, "We might as well live it up because who knows when we'll… Continue reading Postcards from Scotland

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Afternoon Adventure: Highclere Castle

AKA: That time we went to Downton Abbey. We saw all sorts of wonderful things on our honeymoon. The Churchill War Rooms, the Tower of London, Stonehenge, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, a play with Sîan Phillips...and yet, now that we're back, every time someone asks us what we saw, the first thing out of my… Continue reading Afternoon Adventure: Highclere Castle

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Research comes from the unlikeliest of places

As evidenced by my various afternoon adventures, I love visiting historic sites. I will drag Josh to living history museums just to pretend I'm living in colonial New England (more on that soon). When my parents called to say they were planning a weekend in upstate New York, and that they hoped to visit some… Continue reading Research comes from the unlikeliest of places

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Afternoon Adventure: Longwood Gardens

A month ago my family met up in Philadelphia to celebrate my sister's graduation. We had some free time before the festivities began, so we drove about an hour outside of the city to the Brandywine Valley, former home of painter Andrew Wyeth and current location of some absolutely beautiful estates and gardens.We spent the… Continue reading Afternoon Adventure: Longwood Gardens

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Afternoon adventure: Blithewold Mansion & Gardens

One of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon (especially in the gloomy winter months) is visiting house museums. Typically these are grand old mansions that have been converted into museums for the public, like the mansions in Newport. Lissa and I grew up visiting 19th-century mansions, and we loved wandering the halls, admiring the… Continue reading Afternoon adventure: Blithewold Mansion & Gardens