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The Story Behind California’s Bear Flag

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m a bit of a vexillophile (lover of flags) with all the pretty colors and interesting stories behind the symbolism So let’s explore the meaning behind one of the most recognizable US state flags: California’s ‘Bear Flag’…

June 29, 2015
Yosemite In A Day
California: To Do + See History Nature + Gardens

Yosemite In A Day

One thing we learned from living in Europe was traveling shouldn’t be reserved exclusively for school holidays Sometimes you just have to take the time you’ve been given, and for us, we had one weekend in May put aside to visit Yosemite National Park Yosemite was…

May 20, 2015
Mudlarking In London
Family Activities History London: To Do + See

Mudlarking In London

Beachcombing the River Thames in London is known as ‘mudlarking’ – – In the 18th and 19th centuries, impoverished boys and girls aged 8 to 15 scavenged the river’s mud at low tide in search of treasures to sell – It was a dirty…

November 29, 2013
C.S. Lewis's Home
Great Britain: To Do + See History Literature

C.S. Lewis

  – Last week I traveled to Oxford to visit the home of C.S. Lewis, who is famously known for writing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Today, his home ‘The Kilns’ is not a museum but a residence that houses visiting scholars So many fun things…

November 6, 2013
Fascinating World Of Ian Fleming
History Literature

Fascinating World Of Ian Fleming

 For our book club we read Ian Fleming’s Dr No (1958) – I think we were all surprised by how good it was A bit dated, yet entertaining – Although Dr No was Fleming’s seventh book, it was his first novel to be turned…

October 3, 2013