Timișoara

Timișoara

Timișoara was grey and damp, warmed for us by the welcome and generosity of local friends, who we came to visit.  Woke up to a soft flurry of snow outside, settling on the orange-brown rooftops. Cobblestone streets, three squares connected by small grids, diverse architecture and so much color. Still, the streets are physically marked [...]

Castle Combe

Castle Combe

Fairytale Castle Combe - a real life movie set or a scene from Disney World (it has, in fact, been used as a movie set). Teeny, tiny, charming cottages. Unicorn Lodge, Malthouse, Combe Cottage, The Gates. An honesty-box bakery outside. We walked to the stream, through the square, past the old post office. We walked [...]

Bath

Bath

I woke up to the overwhelming sound of seagulls crying in the skies outside. Bath has such a romance to it; so much history and charm. Old, weathered buildings line the streets. Grand trees burst from alleyways, dominate hidden squares. There’s a consistent, peaceful flow of water. __ From the spa roof, mesmerized, floating in [...]

Bibury

Bibury

Quaint and quiet Bibury, a sleepy village full of outsiders seeking to take in its charm. It must be so crowded in the summer; I can’t imagine where all the people could possibly fit. For us, a typical pub roast, a winter walk. Making the most of a Sunday in this country while we can, [...]

Budapest

Budapest

Budapest was very, very, very cold. It was also very bright. Cleaner, shinier than I ever expected. Old and new seamlessly blended. Ornate and simultaneously minimal - white stone buildings, big open space. I had a sense that there were many layers to this city and that I had only barely seen its surface. __ [...]

Lake District

Lake District

The Lakes, five hours driving north, the “New Hampshire to New England” of Old England. A leisurely stroll to the backyard lake turned to scaling a mountain. Racing the early sunset home. A long weekend settled into the countryside with friends. // A house near Lake Windermere & the town of Ambleside, The Lake District [...]