England and France




Watermill theater;  https://www.watermill.org.uk/

Highclere castle; https://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/ — the site for Downton Abbey filming; https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1606375/

Victoria & Abdul author chat at Highclere castle. Shrabani Basu; https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/uncovered-hidden-friendship-queen-victoria-indian-servant-abdul/



Betty’s Tea House; https://www.bettys.co.uk/cafe-tea-rooms/our-locations/bettys-harrogate There are six locations, but I went to these two – 1 Parliament Street, Harrogate – Bettys Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw (on the edge of the RHS Gardenshttps://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr )

Film theater; Everyman—features not only films but a real menu of delicious eats that can be consumed in the lounge or the theater in plush armchairs or couches. https://www.everymancinema.com/harrogate/theatre-info/food-drink

Valley Gardens; meandering walk visited by many locals. https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/info/20090/visit_parks_and_woodlands/392/valley_gardens_harrogate

A museum that once provided health spa therapies with healing waters shows the various treatments. Known at the Pump Room https://www.yorkshire.com/view/culture/harrogate/royal-pump-room-museum-125960

A stone’s throw away from the Pump Room is a small art gallery called the Water Street Gallery with a variety of artistic creations. You can spend an hour there and get the complete experience.

Skipton; Bolton Abbey is surrounded by acres of walking, a river and places to relax. Up the hill is yet another tea house.  https://boltonabbey.com/

Ripon; Newby Hall gardens, house, teddy bear, and dollhouse exhibitIMG_20180530_101639276 http://www.newbyhall.com/teddy-bear-exhibition/

Lake District

Beatrix Potter exhibitions in Cumbria http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/localspecialities/famouswriters/beatrixpotter AND


Hotel; Easedale Lodge, Ambleside on Compston Road

Peak District

Chatsworth House and flower show event, Bakewell



Biking on the Monsal Trail (Bakewell); http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/trails/monsaltrail Electric assist bicycle and regular #bikes available to rent by the hour. https://www.bicilet.com/business/119/Monsal+Trail+Cycle+Hire

North Yorkshire

Jervaulx Abbey in the dales – http://www.jervaulxabbey.com/

Masham- Black Sheep Brewery – https://www.blacksheepbrewery.com/about

Wensleydale –cheeses https://www.wensleydale.co.uk/about/who-we-are/

Sheepdog training with Richard Fawcett – http://www.sheepdogdemo.co.uk/

Skipton Castle-complete medieval fortresshttp://www.skiptoncastle.co.uk/

I love going to London. It’s one of my favorite lay-over spots. Every chance I get I make sure to stay a couple of days to see theatrical performances, go to museums, and walk until I find something new to explore.

Sir John Soar Museum was a special stumble-upon. A house near the university that appeared to be like any other home but it was a private collection of artifacts. A closed door leading to a room with floor-to-ceiling framed artwork. We could only see one of four walls but I understood there was another of paintings behind them that could be accessed by sliding a wall away. Then most of the back of the house had a balcony and areas beneath with multiple heavy pieces of stone from many sites. The abundance collected and organized by Sir Soar captivated me so much so that I highly recommend taking the time to visit. https://www.soane.org/

Victoria Albert Museum https://www.vam.ac.uk/

Museum of London – this museum isn’t as large as most and it’s a bit tricky to find. Behind it’s concrete walls I stumbled across a costume exhibit in a rather dark area. https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater – Walking Guided tours about Shakespeare (Yes, I am a fan of the man) The Globe had a good show, but I prefer the performances at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The venue there is much larger and the performances memorable. https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/ AND https://www.rsc.org.uk/



Monet’s Garden in Giverny

https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/read/articles/monets-gardens-in-giverny OR http://giverny.org/gardens/fcm/visitgb.htm

Rouen – Joan of Arc



The Musée Le Secq des Tournelles; wrought ironworks museum. http://museelesecqdestournelles.fr/en


IMG_20180612_135543374_HDROverlord tour in Normandy. We did the ten-hour tour, but there’s also a four-hour version https://www.overlordtour.com/

Short-stay apartment; Studio St Jean, 30 Rue St Jean


Hotel; Hotel Galileo, 54 Rue Galileo

My favorite bookshop with English publications. Along with a mascot cat, several floors of books and a manual typewriter to try. And, it’s across from the Notre Dame cathedral. https://shakespeareandcompany.com/

Burlesque type performance. https://www.lido.fr/en

Tried to go into the Catacombs (our third try in the last five years) and it was temporarily closed.

http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/en/homepage-catacombs-official-website OR https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/read/tms/boning-up-on-europe

The Cluny Museum was closed for the month of June

The Louvre had closed the rooms with Northern European painting and French sculptures. The audio guide was overly complicated.

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