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Lifestyle Travel

High Tea at Sally Lunn’s

If there’s somewhere you must visit in Bath, it’s Sally Lunn’s. The oldest building in Bath dating back to 1482, Sally Lunn’s serves its famous Sally Lunn buns, a large brioche-like bread. According to legend, the namesake of this eatery was a French Huguenot refugee named Solange Luyon who came to Bath in 1680. She …

Fashion Travel

Attending the Royal Ascot

One year ago today (24 June) I had the privilege of attending the last day of the Royal Ascot in the Royal Enclosure. This was made possible through the Canadian High Commission. The popular five-day event attended by Royals and people like us is where fashion meets horse racing.   How to get tickets You can …

Travel

Herstmonceux Castle

In my last post on Hever Castle, I mentioned Herstmonceux Castle and its founder’s connection to Hever Castle. Today I am finally introducing my readers to this castle which has a special place in my heart. Ten years ago, I spent a spring term at Herstmonceux Castle, also known as BISC (Bader International Study Centre), …

Travel

Anne Boleyn’s Hever Castle

Today, 19 May, marks 482 years since Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded at Tower Green (at the Tower of London) around noon. As today also marks the day of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this post is being scheduled before the wedding ceremony takes place at …

Travel

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the world’s largest and oldest occupied castle, dating back to c. 1070-86. It is where The Queen spends her weekends, Easter, and a week in June for the Order of the Garter and Royal Ascot at Windsor Castle. In a few days on Saturday, 19 May, the spotlight will be on a special …

Travel

Whitstable Castle

When a trip to Leeds Castle failed, my friend and I ended up visiting Whitstable in Kent which, conveniently, had its own castle! Whitstable Castle began as Tankerton Towers, the private residence for the Pearson family in the 1790’s. The tower was built in 1790, perhaps as an addition to a farmhouse. The farmhouse was …

Travel

Castle du jour: Pevensey Castle

Back in May 2008, I visited Pevensey Castle in East Sussex with my class. The historical site managed by English Heritage dates back to the 3rd Century and underwent three phases: a Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ fort, a medieval Norman castle, and a WWII garrison. What remains today are the foundations of the castle and the outer castle walls. Pevensey began …

Lifestyle London

60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation

Last year in 2012, we celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. This year – that is, this summer – we [will] celebrate the Queen’s 60th anniversary of her coronation, which took place on 2 June 1953. Here are some events and memorabilia to celebrate Her Majesty’s coronation anniversary: June 2nd: BBC Coronation season (source: bbc.co.uk) …

Travel World of Costume

Pride & Prejudice turns 200

“It is a truth universally acknowledged” that one must be in want of a good book! 200 years ago, on 27 Jan 1813, Jane Austen received her first published copy of Pride & Prejudice, a day in advance of the announcement on 28 Jan 1813. The novel was initially titled First Impressions, written between 1796-1797. …