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Recipes From Betty’s Tea Room, York


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An Afternoon With Betty’s Tea Room

Betty’s Tea Room offers Traditional Afternoon Tea and is famous the world-over. Lovingly refined since it first served it in the 1920s, it’s the afternoon tea that set the standard.

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During the war …. one of the rooms inside – The Oakroom – became “Betty’s Bar”, a popular haunt among servicemen from nearby air bases.

Some left a permanent reminder of their visit by inscribing their name onto a mirror which still hangs in the basement café!

By the end of the war the mirror featured nearly 600 names. Sadly many of the young men who signed their name never returned from their dangerous missions overseas.

The tea room has tons of delicious pastries and in this article, I highlight 5 of my favorite recipes to make at home.

Here are five recipes from the famous tea room’s pastry chefs that you can try at home! (more…)

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Oxford Castle + Museum


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Next in my travel series this week, is the trip I took to the Oxford Castle + Museum last year in July. The last time I was in Oxford was in 2015 when I checked out Christchurch Meadow, University Church, St Michael’s Tower (where the Oxford Martyrs were led to their deaths in 1555-1556), Shakespeare’s favorite pub + Oxford College (with the famous Harry Potter Hall). It really is a stunning British town, only an hour from London by train.

This time around, I went to the Oxford Castle + Prison. I’d heard so much about it but had never been before! Above, original photographs of inmates from 1870! Each picture gives more information about every inmate, as well as why they were arrested and imprisoned. It’s an eerie feeling looking at these pictures – they could be anyone on the streets today! Aside from their clothing, they look remarkably modern and almost familiar. Do you agree? We did a tour and then explored on our own. Here are more photos!  (more…)

Blog, York

The Shambles, York


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York Minster, York

We spent a weekend in York last July (a great time to go!), during which time we enjoyed adventuring around the Harry-Potter inspired streets otherwise known as “The Shambles”. What an iconic place to visit! (more…)

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Middlethorpe Hall, UK


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Middlethorpe Hall UK

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Middlethorpe Hall is a 17th-century country house standing in 20 acres of grounds in Middlethorpe, York, North Yorkshire, England. It is currently used as a hotel.

It’s a symmetrical red brick and stone house built in 1699 and since 2008 has been owned by The National Trust. (more…)

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Experience History Where It Happened


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A quaint doorway in Old Town Alexandria

As George Washington’s adopted hometown, Alexandria is a “best of” when it comes to the spectrum of sites and events associated with the nation’s first president.

And only eight miles south of Old Town Alexandria, lies the most visited historic estate in America: George Washington’s Mount Vernon. This is the general’s former home which continues bustling centuries later!

Following on from my post about ferrying to Alexandria earlier this week, I wish to dedicated this post to “Mount Vernon” – home to George Washington – as well as the neighbourhood that houses it, Alexandria, where Washington called home.

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A Day Trip To Wimberley!


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On May 25, 2015, the town was hit by catastrophic flooding during the 2015 Texas–Oklahoma floods, along the Blanco River which flows through town.

I found a magnificent student town recently called Wimberley outside of San Antonio – what a fantastic place! It reminds me of Grahamstown in South Africa. (more…)