American and Taking Europe By Storm

Several months ago my darling daughter suggested we hop the pond and visit the Grand Continent once again.

 

I had three thoughts that took three seconds to gel a response: life is not marching forth in reverse (check), stop ‘thinking’ and act (check), and you can’t keep an American down. Damn global terrorism. (Check and double damn check)

 

The perfect trifecta of luggage packing, melting credit cards and a husband that suggested it might be prudent to wait until… until… what I asked?

 

The world became a nicer place?

 

Disenfranchised peach-fuzzed zealots with promises of 72 virgins got a grip?

 

The EU got it’s shit together?

 

 

No one has patience that long

 

So, blahblahblah, love you dearly, don’t forget to feed the cats, see ya in 29 days, and the nagging question of finding the perfect red lipstick that telegraphed a certain American confidence without seeming too showy, were spoken.

 

I think I hit it out of the ballpark with the lipstick btw, because… priorities.

 

Anyways, I have returned and after a somewhat lengthy conference with U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farge (and the always amusing Boris Johnson pouring drinks) I believe, in spite of international market fluctuations, and a subdued giddiness about the wetter than normal weather conditions that may have a cherry effect on next year’s Cabernets, the Grand Continent is still open for business, still putting on the Ritz, and still loving Americans. Or me. Probably both. Or maybe it’s just me?… nah… then again…

 

First stop: NYC. I love apples- even for pie.PINIMAGE

First stop: NYC. I love apples- even for pie.

 

Is there any place like Paris? Or Edith Piaf? Or springtime in Paris with PiafPINIMAGE

Is there any place like Paris? Or Edith Piaf? Or springtime in Paris with Piaf’s La Vie En Rose on your playlist? Je ne pense pas. Except with wine.

 

My Ben is bigger then your Ben. PINIMAGE

My Ben is bigger then your Ben.

 

Remarkably more impressive then I anticipatedPINIMAGE

Remarkably more impressive then I anticipated

 

Roman built baths and Georgian built townhouses.  Charming.PINIMAGE

Roman built baths and Georgian built townhouses. Charming.

 

A language almost forgotten and a country founded by the Vikings. PINIMAGE

A language almost forgotten in a place settled by Vikings.

 

"Come away, O human child! To the water and wild With a *faery, hand in hand... - W.B. Yeats my faery has always been my daughterPINIMAGE

“Come away, O human child! To the water and wild
With a *faery, hand in hand…
– W.B. Yeats
My ‘faery’ has a name: Bryn, my daughter

 

And now I know why the crystal is soooo expensive which is all I needed- an explanation. Ship it! PINIMAGE

And now I know why the crystal is soooo expensive which is all I needed- an explanation. Ship it!

 

Forget the stone- kiss the groundsman. PINIMAGE

Forget the stone- kiss the groundsman. I did. 

 

Was it Yeats that said Ireland has 100 shades of green? Well, IPINIMAGE

Was it Yeats that said Ireland has 100 shades of green? Well, I’m saying it. Probably 101.

 

Your set your eyes on this region, you smell the air, you feel the magic and your soul is set free. I PINIMAGE

Your set your eyes on this region, to smell the air, to feel the magic and your soul is set free. I ‘understand’ the Irish poetic lament now. Oh, to have left would have broken your heart.

 

Is it the soil? The weather? The light that grow the most lovely of roses and ruins of past?PINIMAGE

Is it the soil? The weather? The light that grow the most lovely of roses and ruins of yore?

 

The pubs. The people. The beef stew. Did I mention the pubs?PINIMAGE

The pubs. The people. The markets. The beef stew. Did I mention the pubs?

 

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The English countryside: everything you imagined and one thing you were hoping for. Go CAVS!PINIMAGE

The English countryside: everything you imagined and one thing you were hoping for. Go CAVS!

 

Because who doesnPINIMAGE

Because who doesn’t enjoy a bag of big wind- if it’s accompanied by a man in a skirt.

 

Such a marvelous city. Come one, come all...PINIMAGE

Such a marvelous city. Come one, come all…

 

I will go to great lengths, or the cut of a jib, to eavesdrop in a Royal household. What?PINIMAGE

I will go to great lengths, or the cut of a jib, to eavesdrop in a Royal household. What?

 

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I’m a closeted farmer.

 

If Lady Godiva could do it...PINIMAGE

If Lady Godiva could do it… I’m just sayin’

 

Enjoying the "Meat of the matter"- Shakespeare, as well as his home town on his 400th birthday! Lucky say me!PINIMAGE

Enjoying the “Meat of the matter”- Shakespeare, as well as his home town on his 400th birthday! Lucky say me!

 

Our own private Downton Abbey at Walton Hall, for our last night. I could hear the Dowager Countess of Grantham imploring, "Nothing succeds like excessPINIMAGE

Our own private Downton Abbey at Walton Hall, for our last night. I could hear the Dowager Countess of Grantham imploring, “Nothing succeeds like excess’. I so agree Countess. I so agree.

 

  • I’d like to offer a very heartfelt applaud to our tour company, Collette, and our marvelous guide Cristina Wilkerson and driver Brian. Bravo! I’d go with you two anywhere. Well, almost. Certainly a pub. Probably two. And shopping… don’t get me started…

 




  • Connie McLeod - I’ve LOVED following your travels. Glad you had a wonderful trip and glad your home!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks my dear! Good to be home!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - What a wonderful trip you had and I love all the pics. Will definitely pin them. I agree, you can’t wait for the world to be perfect to travel. Just go.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Nolan - Seriously. We need to compare travel notes. I just spent a month in Ireland with a side trip to Scotland and the Isle of Skye. I have two posts (so far) about my trip. One is a general photo journey of Dublin (where my daughter lives) and another of one of the tours we went on – Game of Thrones – so we side tripped to Winterfell…aka Northern Ireland and Castle Ward. Loved all your pictures!!ReplyCancel

  • Scott Cyre - mmm…Ireland. It’s like a very pleasant, green cup of coffee. Now all I have to do is earn more than my own children, and maybe my wife and I can go sample true haggis someday. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - What beautiful pictures, It looks like you had the trip of a life time. I am so jelous!!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Love love love your photos! Looks like you had an amazing trip!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - It’s all so lovely! SO LOVELY! It is moving my spirit to get off the horse and do it. I’ve heard good things about Collette and you seem to agree. The world will continue to be in turmoil. Bad things happening pretty much everywhere. Not yet ready to hide in the house and cower. Not. Yet. Ready. Life should be an adventure. Kudos to you for living it! Was there a particular name to this world wind tour? Must share. xoReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’re lovely- that’s what! And YES. Do it! Do it all or at least enjoy trying I always say. I’m in agreement (like always) Not. Yet. Ready!! To give up the ghost!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - So glad you had a wonderful trip and your photos and so lovely. You are really having a great time enjoying life.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Fluhr - We’re heading to London in September. I’m willing to say something if I see something, but if we stay home, “they” win. PS: We have a photo of that same Edinburgh piper. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That’s so funny- you’re not the first person who’s said the same thing about the piper! I’m thinking you put a man in a skirt and they all look alike! Hahahaa And ‘All Hands On Deck’ for traveling! Yea!!!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Love love love all the photos! I followed in your footsteps last week to London, Bath and Stonehenge and had an incredible time!ReplyCancel

  • Lizzi Lewis - Ohhhh what *wonderful* travels you’ve had! I love that you took the chance and DID the tour.

    FYI Farage and BoJo have both fallen from grace. Probably since you saw them. Brexit got critical *sigh*ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - You really did the Grand Tour–this is such a fun post and I love the images. And also that you went. We have 3 weeks in France on the agenda for May and I’m going, come, well, hell or high water!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - What a fantastic, fabulous time you must have had. Oh, to have visited a pub or two. Shopping I can only dream about. Oh, yes, welcome back. I’ve missed you.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - I loved the montage photos – they captured everything perfectly! It looks like you had a fabulous time – and you’re right, we can’t wait for the world to be “nice” again – I don’t think that’s ever going to happen (more’s the pity!) Welcome home xReplyCancel

  • Cathy Lynch Lawdanski - LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. What a trip! Good for you. Beautiful pictures. Love your lipstick!ReplyCancel

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