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From Pasadena, California: The 131st Tournament of Roses

It doesn’t get much more Pasadena, California than enjoying the Tournament of Roses parade on a brisk, sunny New Year’s Day. To kick off the new year and new decade, we headed up the road to Colorado Boulevard dark and early for the parade. This year’s theme was “The Power of Hope,” and we saw […]

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The Legends of Winchester

Our last stop during the countryside portion of our tour was the city of Winchester. Like the other places we visited, Winchester has a long and rich history dating back to prehistoric and Roman times.  Today, the Hampshire County Councils are based in Winchester, and it is said to be one of the most desirable… Continue reading The Legends of Winchester

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The New Forest National Park

The United Kingdom is home to 15 designated National Parks, areas of natural beauty and historic or cultural significance. Ten of these are located within England and include famous areas such as the Lake District, the North York Moors, and the Peak District. The other five are outside of England, with two in Scotland and… Continue reading The New Forest National Park

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Let the College Visits Begin: Oxford

We spent a half day in Oxford while on the way to Watford. We had the intention of visiting the Arboretum and touring the university, however those plans went a little awry. The drive to Oxford from Hampshire was pretty easy and truly lovely with the leaves along the motorway changing to their fall colors,… Continue reading Let the College Visits Begin: Oxford

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A Day in Bath

"Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.  You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan." Captain Wentworth, Persuasion It is… Continue reading A Day in Bath