Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers A popular Christmas tradition in the UK.  Two people pull on each end of the cracker.  When it breaks apart, there is a pop.  The one who wins the cracker gets the prize, hat, and joke inside.  The crackers are usually opened at the Christmas dinner table.  The jokes read aloud and the crowns worn during dinner. The … Continue reading

Boxing Day and Mince Pies

Boxing Day The day after Christmas is Boxing Day, a national holiday.  It is spent with family and friends, eating up leftovers, and maybe watching sports on t.v.  It also works nicely when you have two sets of Grandparents.  You can spend Christmas with one family and Boxing Day with the other. Boxing Day History: There are several ideas about … Continue reading

Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding   In England, one of the traditional Christmas desserts is Christmas Pudding (Plum pudding).  It has a long history dating back to the 14th century, when it was called ‘Frumenty.’  At that time it was made with beef, mutton, raisins, pruns, spices, and wine.  It has slowly changed over the years to become what it is now. Christmas … Continue reading

Father Christmas sails into Snape Maltings UK

Father Christmas sails into Snape Maltings UK The historic Thames sailing barge smoothly brought Father Christmas into the Quay at Snape Maltings. He arrived to excited families waving as a local band played Christmas music to the crowd.  After Santa disembarked, he walked to his grotto to meet the children. It was like a little parade as we all qued … Continue reading

Woodbridge UK Christmas Market

Woodbridge UK Christmas Market I am a big sucker for Farmer’s markets, outdoor markets, flower markets, and especially Christmas markets.  Steaming hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, pastries, mulled wine, oh yeah!  Bring it on!  😉 We are situated between several small villages, and many of them have a local Christmas themed market each weekend.  This one was located just a few … Continue reading

Aldeburgh Suffolk UK

Aldeburgh Suffolk UK Aldeburgh is about 90 miles north east of London on the North Sea coast.  It is a popular place for tourists during the summer.  A lot of people from London have second homes in this area.  And it is known for having the best fish and chips in the area. The interesting old building in the photo … Continue reading

Walking through Prague Czech Republic

Walking through Prague Czech Republic A map, a plan, and a picnic lunch, we are on our way! Our first stop, the statue of St. Wenceslas on horseback at the top of Wenceslas Square, in the New Town. The large impressive building behind St. Wenceslas is the Prague National Museum.  And infront of St. Wenceslas are my two adorable kids, … Continue reading

Lesser Town Prague Czech Republic

Lesser Town Prague Czech Republic The Lesser Town is also called Little Quarter (Malá Strana) and is located across the river from the Old Town.  The name comes from its position on the west bank of the river, in contrast to the larger town of Prague on the east bank. Our first Glimpse of the Lesser Town. It is not … Continue reading

Charles Bridge Prague Czech Republic

Charles Bridge Prague Czech Republic This bridge is one of the iconic places in Prague.  There are some beautiful photos and paintings of this bridge. Construction of the Charles Bridge began in 1357, under the direction of King Charles IV.  The bridge extends over the Vltava River connecting the Old Town to the Lesser Quarter. The Charles Bridge tower in … Continue reading

Old Town Square Prague Czech Republic

Old Town Square Prague Czech Republic Prague is the capitol of the Czech Republic and has a population of about 1.3 million. We have been looking forward to visiting Prague for a long time.  The Old Town Square is full of beautiful architecture.  In the above photo you can see the two towers of the Tyn church.  By now we … Continue reading