A trip across the pond: back home

Stop number three on the MEGAtrip:  Worcester, England.

Worcester is where I grew up.  Just 2 hours north-west of London, Worcester is home to the famous “Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce“, the Royal Porcelain works, and the site where Oliver Cromwell defeated King Charles in the English Civil War during the 1600’s.  (Yes, lots of memories of school trips to historical sites…)

But I wasn’t there to revisit history or douse my scrambled eggs in Worcestershire Sauce. I was there to visit my family.  Nothing beats going home.  Seeing family and being completely spoiled.

My family home is located in a small village just outside of the city of Worcester.  An old cottage surrounded by fields and woodland. It was great being in the middle of nowhere.  Typical of British weather, April had been a wet month and it was still raining.  Nevertheless, the garden was springing into action – the clematis flowers looked beautiful along the side of the house.  We went walking in the woods to catch the end of the Bluebell season (see photo at the top of the post – note, photo is courtesy of Julie Hunt here).

Mum made my favourite dinner – Roast Chicken and all the trimmings, with homegrown rhubarb in a crumble covered in thick custard. Yum.  Dad made sure there was always tea in the pot and a continuous supply of digestive biscuits for dunking! Perfect.


A trip across the pond: adventures in London and Munich

Hello.  This blogger has returned.  Sorry for the lack of posting but I’ve been busy… very busy on holiday in Europe.

12 days.  Two countries  Four airports.  Eight train journeys. One bicycle ride.

First stop: London, England.

A chance to re-energize with the motherland and absorb all things British. This year, 2012, is a double-celebratory year for the Brits – the year of the Olympics and Queenie’s Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne).  Apparently also the year for stringing up bunting and bearing the Union Jack in any place possible.


“Re-energizing in all things British” is simply code for eating a lot of mini-cheddars, Cadbury Twirls and drinking dry cider guilt-free.  It also was an excuse to hassle as many circles of friends as possible during the short time I was there.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the wedding of a very, VERY good friend and partner in crime; Kate.  She was marrying her childhood sweetheart Tom.  The ceremony was located close to the banks of the River Thames by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  During the ceremony we could see the London skyline with views of St Paul’s cathedral and Millennium Bridge.  Perfect for a nostalgic ex-pat.

To be continued….

[* last photo is a cheat – I was so excited to see Kate and Tom get married that I forgot to take any photos; this photo was used courtesy of http://deepakg.blogspot.com]

What to do with friends in springtime Boston

Visiting friends want to see the sights of Boston, eat well and drink copious amounts of tea and G&Ts.  Here is a handful of things to do over a spring weekend in Boston:

1.  Feed the ducks on the pond at Boston Public Garden

2. Eat lunch on the Harvard Medical School quad (preferably from the Clover Food Lab truck)

3. Walk along the blossoming trees on the south-side of the Charles River

4.  Drink hot chocolate at Max Brenners (will post on this later!)

5.  Go shopping in the brownstones of Newbury St

6. Check out the oysters (again) at Murphy’s pub in Brookline

7. Walk the Freedom Trail (but try not to get side-tracked by the cupcakes in the local coffeehouses)

8. Head to the ocean viewpoint at JFK/UMass, and visit the JFK museum

9.  Drink locally-brewed beer at the Cambridge Brewing Company in Kendall Square

10.  Eat stuffed lobster at Atlantic Fish Company by Copley Square