How foreign street signs can make you an ugly tourist

How foreign street signs can make you an ugly tourist

Are you the ugly tourist on vacation or blithely ignorant? If you live in a tourist region, as I do, or if you travel a lot, you’ve certainly witnessed tourists being stupid, if not outright acting badly. Some comments or actions are merely funny, while others rise to...

British railway system travel tips — Part 2

Using the British railway system — Part 2 The first part of Malcolm Kenton’s outline of using the British railway system explained differences between the US and UK railway systems. He explained BritRail Pass, apps to help navigate the UK system, and the makeup...

British train system travel tips

Navigating the British train system I recently returned from my first visit to the United Kingdom. While there was a lot I wanted to see and do, I knew I wouldn’t get to all of it within 11 days, and I’ve made an extensive list of things to do on future trips — the...

Much Ado About Shakespeare

Much ado about commemorating the anniversary of his death, that is. William Shakespeare died 400 years ago April 23, 2016, allegedly exactly 52 years to the day from his birth. His legacy, however, lives on, and this year his English homeland is giving The Bard his...

Hearing Borough Market is too crowded? Don’t miss it

As an Anglophile and regular visitor to London, I seldom skip a travel article about the city. Recently, writers have been dissing Borough Market and telling tourists to go elsewhere.  “Elsewhere” varies, but the options are always smaller, new, or more...

Entranced in England's Lake District

Viewing a high country landscape accentuated by a blanket of yellow, the poet William Wordsworth in 1804 described what he saw as “a host of golden daffodils.” To Alfred Lord Tennyson, people walking in the same region “came on the shining levels of the lake.” When I...