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The Hunt for Sticky Toffee Pudding

The picturesque, quaint and historic area called The Cotswolds, west and north of London, provided us a perfect respite between London and Edinburgh. Leaving Windsor Castle, we headed for Chipping Campden for a couple of nights in a bed and breakfast. We drove among rolling hills and patchwork fields, and through trees arched into tunnels over the winding roads. We marveled at the 15th, 16th and 17th century Cotswold stone homes, churches, barns and fences. The golden-hued stone was quarried (mostly) locally and the area was largely built-up with wealth originating during the medieval wool trade. Chipping Campden is a […] Read more

Divorced, Beheaded, Died…

We rented a car Friday to drive out to the Cotswolds (see next post), and we visited Windsor Castle on the way.  Windsor Castle (started in 1070) is still a working residence for the royal family, and the queen often spends weekends here, though right now she is summering in Balmoral, Scotland. The castle is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen as it has been well maintained and restored throughout the years, most recently after a terrible fire in 1992. It is much more expansive than just a castle, really an estate of many buildings within a perimeter […] Read more

It was the food!!

Our London Tour took us past the famous Savoy Hotel. According to Wiki, The Savoy was the first luxury hotel in Britain, introducing electric lights throughout the building, electric lifts, bathrooms in most of the lavishly furnished rooms, constant hot and cold running water, and many other innovations. Actor Richard Harris, aka Dumbledore, took up residence at the Savoy at age 70. He loved the fact that if he wanted a sandwich at 4am, he could get one.  (for 6,000 Pounds/week, I would hope so!) Harris was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, and became quite ill at the end of his life. […] Read more

Returns in original packaging only

Our London Tour on Wednesday (highly recommend: Glen at http://www.grentours.co.uk/) took us through the East End of London and past the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. The door was open, and we could see the bells in progress on the foundry floor… pretty cool, since this place is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest manufacturing company in Great Britain. The Foundry has produced many famous bells including Big Ben. (Elizabeth Tower is often mistakenly called Big Ben, but Big Ben is actually the bell inside the tower.) Another notable? The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The bell cracked when first […] Read more

Ah, my best hat

We visited the Tower of London Thursday. While originally a grand palace and royal residence, it is most famous for the important people who have been imprisoned and even executed there (though most executions took place elsewhere). Among them: Anne Boleyn and Catharine Howard (wives of Henry VIII) – who were 2 of the 7 executed on the grounds, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth I – “the Virgin Queen”) who was imprisoned but not executed – obviously, and Sir Walter Raleigh (known for bringing tobacco to England from America), who was there for 13 years. The inside of the Beauchamp […] Read more


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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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