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Winchester Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral

Sat, 4 Jun 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [107]

JANE AUSTEN IS DEAD. THIS IS OLD NEWS but good news! An old joke, too. Actually I like Jane’s novels—the films, too—but the fact remains that her remains are buried in Winchester Cathedral. Rumor has it that only three people attended ... Read more >

Photos: Around Salisbury

Thu, 2 Jun 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Wells Cathedral and the Vicar's Close

Wed, 1 Jun 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [113]

WILLESLEIGH MANOR HOUSE IS OUR “poor-man’s Downton Abbey” for a few days. The 18 th Century Georgian home near Barnstaple could use some TLC but then, couldn’t we all. For us it is convenient to some interesting drives into ... Read more >

Roaming Around Poldark Country

Sun, 29 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [122]

THE ENGLISH TAKE THEIR “RIGHT TO ROAM” seriously. Well-worn public footpaths—some have been in use for more than 1000 years!—run beside busy roads, along scenic cliffs, through gates and over stiles in farmers’ fields. Signposts ... Read more >

On the Road in Cornwall

Fri, 27 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [111]

ANNEXE HIDEAWAY AIRBnB IN TRURO isn’t as central as we could wish but it is far and away one of the best—trig, tidy with all the mod/cons and just a quick shot to the A30 and the rugged scenery, ancient sites and oh-so-cute villages that ... Read more >

Photos: Cornwall and Northern Devon

Fri, 27 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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The Jurassic Coast

Tue, 24 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [107]

ADVERTISED AS “185 MILLION YEARS OF EARTH’S HISTORY in 95 miles of coast,” the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site extends from western Dorset into eastern Devon. The name comes from the best known of the geological periods found within ... Read more >

The Moors of Devon

Mon, 23 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [113]

THE DRIVE FROM NEWHAVEN TO TORQUAY is a long one—it took nearly six-hours. We didn’t have time to stop along the famous Jurassic Coast, nor would we have wanted to—Sunday no day to compete with the locals on their day out. But we did ... Read more >

Photos: Devon and the Jurassic Coast

Sun, 22 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters

Sat, 21 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [93]

THE ENGLISH LOOK UPON BRIGHTON THE WAY my New Jersey friends revere Seaside Heights. In truth, neither stacks up well against the “real” beaches of the world—but you make do with what you’ve got. We visited Brighton not to sit ... Read more >

Deal and Rye—Hidden Gems

Thu, 19 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [105]

TO BE SURE, THERE ARE HIDDEN GEMS to be discovered in the Southeast. The town of Deal, for example. It isn’t nearly as old as Canterbury nor were poems written about it. In fact, Deal in the 17 th Century was intentionally kept on the down-low—... Read more >

Canterbury and Dover

Mon, 16 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [85]

“ …SPECIALLY FROM EVERY SHIRES ENDE/Of Engelond to Caunterbury they wende/The hooly blisful martir for to seke/That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke .” So begins Chaucer’s Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.  ... Read more >

Photos: Southeast England

Sat, 14 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Finding Midsomer

Fri, 13 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [113]

KATE'S AIRBnB IN OXFORD WAS HER FAMILY HOME. It has everything that we could want— plus a fabulous garden! It’s actually in Crowley, an easy mile’s walk from Oxford University and not far, as it happens, from fictiously famous county ... Read more >

Photos: Around Oxford

Mon, 9 May 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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