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Under the spell of Highclere Castle and 'Downton Abbey'

Under the spell of Highclere Castle and 'Downton Abbey'

NEWBURY, England — He is a farmer, she says, and she is a farmer's wife. They are active in their community. She writes a bit on the...

London: Springtime theater and art tour

London: Springtime theater and art tour

Explore London’s springtime cultural scene with arts writer Barbara Isenberg, who is hosting her 29th annual theater and art tour.

 On the literary trail in Scotland

On the literary trail in Scotland

WIGTOWN, Scotland — "You're on the road to nowhere." The roads were getting narrower and narrower on the drive through southwestern...

A pint and a play in London pubs

A pint and a play in London pubs

LONDON — It's Saturday afternoon in the jam-packed Old Red Lion on London's shopper-crowded St. John Street. Beer-fueled chatter...

London tips from a Londoner: Have a Games plan

London tips from a Londoner

LONDON — I'm a Londoner and I love London. And 2012 is London's year. But it's not an easy city — not to navigate, not to find...

 London Olympics: Tips on how to navigate the city during Games

How to navigate London during the Olympics

LONDON — If you're at all familiar with London — the city of congestion, crowded byways, skinny streets — you may be...

Apps for navigating the Summer Olympics

Apps for navigating the Summer Olympics

Leave the hurdles to the athletes as you live like a local during the London Games by sampling these apps. Although some are Apple only,...

London Olympics: 10 day trips outside London

London Olympics: 10 day trips outside London

Ticket holders at this summer's Olympic Games will have something in common with non-sporting London visitors: At some point, they will want...

 London's luscious, low-key side

London's luscious, low-key side

LONDON — As a Californian, I had forgotten that you don't cancel your life just because it rains. If you did, you'd never see anything...

Gustavo Dudamel to perform at Olympics festival in June

Gustavo Dudamel to perform at Olympics festival in June

Gustavo Dudamel will make a few appearances this summer as part of the London 2012 Festival, the large-scale cultural celebration running...

London's ahead of the Games

London's ahead of the Games

You yawned at the royal wedding in April. You were happy to miss the riots in August. But you're determined to be a part of the 2012...

London's East End, an Olympics alternative

London's East End, an Olympics alternative

Never mind the sprints, relays and marathons coming to London this summer. Look at the competition now among the flower vendors of...

Making strides along Cotswold Way in England

Making strides along Cotswold Way in England

On the high street of the lovely Cotswold village of Chipping Campden, just next to the 12th century stone marketplace, sits an...

Walking the Fife Coastal Path in Scotland

Walking the Fife Coastal Path in Scotland

One bright, rainy September, my mother and I walked from Edinburgh to Dundee. Every day we trekked about six to 11 miles, along a skull-gray...

Royal 'I dos' and more at Westminster Abbey

Royal 'I dos' and more at Westminster Abbey

The bride was beautiful. The groom was a handsome prince. Two billion people around the world watched the wedding ceremony performed in...

What's new in London since the last big royal wedding

What's new in London since the last big royal wedding

So you hate royal weddings. Or you love them. Or maybe you've caught yourself attending to arcane details of Prince William and Kate...

London readies for its global close-up

London readies for its global close-up

If there's an "it" city for 2011, it's London.

Christmas in London? Jolly good

Christmas in London? Jolly good

For years, my husband and I had wanted to take our children to London before the magic of "Peter Pan" and "Mary Poppins" wore off, before...

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