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Last week, the news of the day just got to me.

Scandals, graft, partisanship, falsehoods.
Wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes.
Cruelty, abuse.
Tariffs, taxes.
Chaos.

It was just too much. The siege breached my defenses and I fell into a major depression. Dark. Caged. Compressed. Inescapable.

Wait . . . did I say “inescapable?” Scratch that, for I did, indeed, find an escape.

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Gird thy Loins

Clock TowerNext week, our very dear friends are leaving on an extended, 3+week tour of Europe. And by “our very dear friends,” I mean their whole family; Grandma, the kids, and the grandkids are all packing up and will travel, together, for nearly a month.

First, I set aside my bogglement at (and envy of) a family for whom being in each others’ company, 24×7, for a double-fortnight will be great fun, and then I noted that for some of them this is their first overseas trip. To help them on their way, I was going to email them some salient advice (aside, that is, from my First Rule of Traveling: bring earplugs).

Then I thought, what the heck, let’s share it with everyone.

And so, for them and for y’all, my Three Top Tips for Travelers…

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The final installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which we have a major “oops,” meet some pleasant security agents, and our luggage takes an extended holiday.

19:  Home Again Home Again Jiggity-Jig

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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which take our last day trip and walk through a sheep pasture to see an old relative’s house. And I sweat a lot…

View from Old Sarum

18:  Baking on Salisbury Plain

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Two installments today from my April 2011 travelogue, and a wrap up, tomorrow. In which visit the omphalos of Austen drama, sit by the river Avon, and learn the meaning of the word “reserved.” Salisbury Cathedral Baptismal Font

17:  A Nice Hot Bath

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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which we move from Plan A to Plan B to Plan C.

Kensal Green Monument

16:  The Day We Met the Rest of Europe

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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which we visit the place where my wife’s ancestor made a man into a saint. And I took a lot of pictures.

Canterbury Sanctum

15:  Scene of the Crime (more…)

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