Hampton Court Palace
England / Surrey

Hampton Court Palace

In 1494, Giles Daubeney, later Lord Chamberlain, leased and modernized the medieval manor of Hampton Court.  So, 113 years before the founding of Jamestown, Hampton Court Manor was being modernized.  That’s so hard for this American girl to really process. Then in 1515, 500 years ago, having leased the property the year before, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey … Continue reading

London Family History
England / London / Travel Writing

London Family History

Today, we went in search of a piece of my family history.  The story goes like this… During WWII, my grandfather, Garland Earl, was stationed in London.  When I told that to our Fat Tyre Bike Tour guide, he immediately asked if he was part of the something-or-other corps.  I had never heard of whatever … Continue reading

The Queen’s Life Guard
England / London

The Queen’s Life Guard

Today, we made Lydia very happy, and went to see the Changing of the Horse Guard, or as they are officially called, the Queen’s Life Guard.  Since it is not until 11am, it made for a more leisurely departure, which we all appreciated.  I’m not sure why it is so much less known – or … Continue reading