Lush rolling hills, postcard-perfect villages, rainbow-painted seaside towns and cutting-edge cities.
Merry old England is a place where antiquity and modernity coexist peacefully. A journey through England is a journey through history.
Area: 94,058 square miles (243,610 square kilometers). Slightly smaller than Oregon.
Population: 63,395,574 (July 2013 est.)
Geography: Lies near vital North Atlantic sea lanes. Only 35 km from France and linked by tunnel under the English Channel. Because of a heavily indented coastline, no location is more than 77 miles (125 km) from tidal waters.
Climate: Temperate; moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current. More than one-half of the days are overcast.
Government: Constitutional monarchy and Commonwealth realm
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952)
Head of Government: Prime Minister David Cameron (since 11 May 2010)
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“The grey slate inn with its tall chimneys, forbidding and uninhabited though it seemed, was the only dwelling-place on the landscape.” I adore “forbidding” places. Especially those with cobbled courtyards, sloping floors, shadowy corridors, beamed ceilings, and log fires. So I’ve followed author Daphne du Maurier’s footsteps to Cornwall’s bleakly beautiful Bodmin Moor.
Begin November with a little panache at the 119th Argentine Open Polo Championships in the neighborhood of Palermo, Buenos Aires. Not so much a sports event as a key occasion in the local social diary, it runs from November 5 to the end of the year. For something more exotic, check out camel racing. India’s Rajasthan desert in Pushkar hosts the Pushkar Fair from November 6 to 17.
Sunsets over the Seine, croissants on the terrace, and lunch or dinner at the corner brasserie…life in Paris is as good as it sounds, and you can try it out for a lot less than you think. Just ask the folks living a “roving retirement,” many of whom make the City of Light a yearly stop.
So what would the earliest antique have been? Adam’s discarded fig leaf? A sliver of gopher wood from Noah’s Ark? A stone chip off the tablet on which the Ten Commandments were carved? From cavemen trading mammoth tusks to children squabbling over the sale of Granny’s Meissen dinner service, the acquisition and disposal of ancient (and modern) artefacts has always interested folks.
- The Best of Britain: Rambling Cornwall’s Ancient Coast
Posted on October 17, 2013 by Steenie Harvey
That will put hairs on your chest, my lover.” My lover? I try not to giggle—Doom Bar ale is too good to spill. I’m in Padstow, a Cornish harbor town in England’s far southwest. Today’s refreshment stop is the Golden Lion, a 14th-century tavern packed with ancient mariners. Sporting a jaunty gold earring, this unknown lover-man looks like he’s been a regular for at least 100 years. Along with theatrical seascapes, Cornwall specializes in quirky dialect.
- How to Switch Careers with an Easy, Profitable Skill
Posted on September 26, 2013 by Efraín M. Padró
My former attorney colleagues and I used to joke that there were three kinds of closing arguments you could make to a jury: the one you carefully prepared, the one you actually delivered, and the one you wish you had given. Few things ever happen as planned. Nevertheless my “life” plan (the one I carefully prepared) was to practice law until I retired at 65; then I would pursue photography and maybe make a little money on the side.
The earrings are from Hong Kong’s jade market. I bought the fedora hat at a Christmas market in Berlin, the boots from Malaga in Spain, and the shimmering scarf at Otavalo market in Ecuador—one of the largest indigenous markets in South America. You might call it eclectic fashion indulgence. I call it research.
- Former Lawyer Has a Better Lifestyle Since Using This Income Trick
Posted on August 29, 2013 by Rob Berger
When I started doing this in 2007, I didn’t have a business in mind. It was more of a hobby. I practiced law during the day, and I was a bored with it. I wanted to do something different.
- Pagans, Ale, and Romance in England’s “King Arthur” Country
Posted on July 23, 2013 by Steenie Harvey
Wake up and smell the lentils! At the church of St. John the Baptist, a grizzled busker with a guitar is playing a Bob Dylan song. Outside the 15th-century George and Pilgrim Inn, another sidewalk musician plucks a Celtic harp.
- How to Get Inside the Colonial Houses of Granada, Nicaragua
Posted on May 28, 2013 by Helen Korengold
Strolling the cobbled lanes and streets of Granada, Nicaragua, you can easily see how the city reflects its Old-World heritage.
“You see a picture of a boat, carry it around with you…that’s my boat you say, and you do what you have to do to buy it,” says Nick Symes. Nick’s been brokering houseboat sales in London ever since he piloted his own Belgian barge across the English Channel and up the Thames, and renovated her into his own riverboat dream home. And I’m a romantic, too. I’ve only been in London for a day…
Tradition is important in Costa Rica. Along with the modern infrastructure, convenience to big-city shopping and top-quality medical care at a fraction of U.S. prices, you can truly appreciate a simpler—better-quality—life.
You won’t see many of the brightly-decorated ox carts, known as carretas, transporting crops to market these days, but the markets are still going strong…bustling ferias where you’ll pick up delicious fresh produce for much less than the cost back home.
The Spanish Soccer team aside, the doom and gloom in Europe runs deep. But there is a story not being told…one of opportunity borne of this crisis. A story of places where you could own your own piece of the Old World…for less than half the price of a budget family sedan.
Any weekend from August 4 to September 16, head to the Parc Floral near the Château de Vincennes in Paris for the Festival Classique au Vert (Classical Festival on the Green). This year, performers will set the words of famous poets and authors to classical music. Bring a picnic and blanket: It’s a gorgeous park.
Boat dwellers are not the same as landlubbers. For a start, you may really like your condo, but you’re not likely to describe it as “a love affair.” And buying a houseboat starts with love at ﬁrst sight. “You see a picture of a boat, carry it around with you…that’s my boat you say, and you do what you have to do to buy it,” says Nick Symes.
- What to Do When You’re Not at the Olympics in London: A Gentleman’s Day Out
Posted on July 13, 2012 by Eoin Bassett
500,000 visitors will come to London for the Olympics this month. Below are some other diversions to enjoy when you’re not at the Olympics. Olympic mania comes in the form of a “gentleman’s day out” in London. You’ll discover where to follow the bankers for cocktails at 7:00 a.m., the best barber for a shave, where to buy a good cigar or special-order a shotgun…
My neighbors will be among the 500,000 visitors in London this month for the Olympics. With these friends in mind, I’ve kept an eye out for other diversions they’d enjoy—attractions beyond “bucket list” items like the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre or the Harry Potter studio tour. Trouble is, so much advice is standard-issue: Heathrow Airport tips…special museum exhibits…
You may not often celebrate Independence Day outside the States, but July begins with some intriguing alternatives… Toulouse’s Tangopostale Festival, for instance, when the jewel of southwest France taps its feet to the rhythm of Argentine tango. It takes place July 2 to 8.
Big cities like New York, Shanghai and Sao Paolo, Brazil, all have their temptations. But there’s no better place in the world for a fellow to indulge himself than where the very concept of a “gentleman” was first thought up—London. This is where cigars, shotguns and suits are still sold to royalty by the longest-established specialists of their kind in the world. You just need to know where to go…
The interiors are as opulent as any of England’s great houses, dark wood panelling, heavy curtains, comfortable leather chairs and marble floors and pillars. Banquets are held, private bars serve the finest spirits and members can stay the night in comfortable rooms.
Back in the 1880’s there were over 400 gentleman’s clubs in London. In fact, it was difficult to call yourself a “gentleman” if you weren’t a member of at least one. These days you won’t find so many, but there are still at least 100 providing havens for their members across the city.
Come June 1 expect fi reworks, parades, fishing tournaments, and sailing competitions in ports all over Mexico as the country celebrates Navy Day. You’ll find gastronomic fairs, photo exhibitions, and traditional and contemporary cultural offerings in the city of Chachapoyas, northern Peru for Semana Turística (tourist week) from June 1 to 7. The highlight is known as the “Raymillacta” procession, which sees groups sing and dance their way through the streets.
- House Swapping: Stay for Free Anywhere in the World
Posted on May 4, 2012 by Keith Hockton
A few years ago our friends spent a month in Tahiti, one of French Polynesia’s paradise islands. When they showed us photos of the house they stayed in, my wife and I were speechless. They live in Ingleside Heights in San Francisco in a lovely three-bedroom, two-bathroom home. The house in Tahiti was 2,800 square feet of beachfront opulence. It came with two maids, a cook, and a gardener.
Throughout this month, the Shanghai International Flower Festival puts exotic ﬂowers and herbs on display. You can see a kaleidoscope of color—rare orchids, chrysanthemums, lotus ﬂowers, plum blossoms—you name it, it’ll be there in full bloom.
- This month: Steenie Harvey, IL Europe Correspondent
Posted on February 21, 2012 by Steenie Harvey
From feedback, I know many IL subscribers envy my life—even if they don’t wish to emulate some adventures. But I rarely write about mainstream sights, expensive restaurants, or contrived experiences. I’d rather talk to bag-ladies in a bus shelter than go to another pseudo- medieval banquet or a hanky-ﬂapping cultural show.
The Cayman Islands hosts an annual Pirates Week Festival from November 10 to 20. It’s got everything you’re looking for in a pirate fest: an underwater treasure hunt, paddleboard races, and a Miss Pirate Queen pageant. Don’t forget your costume!
- New Markets, New Opportunities – 8 Places I’ll Visit This Summer
Posted on May 27, 2011 by Ronan McMahon
Summer has arrived. For me, it brings with it a jam–packed schedule of scouting trips on your behalf. I’m looking for new places where we can profit from the major trends on my beat, including:
– New Middle Class: As people join the middle classes they can afford things they couldn’t before like a new condo or vacation on the beach.
– Path of Progress: New bridges, roads and airports that are going to improve accessibility
– Distressed opportunities created by crisis.
My travels will take in Colombia, Ireland, London, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
- When You’ve Exhausted London’s Charms, Day Trip to Oxford
Posted on January 26, 2011 by Paul Lewis
City of dreaming spires and of lost causes, Oxford is the obvious destination for anyone who has exhausted London’s charms and wants a day trip outside the capital.
Gulp! Tickets for the London Dungeon now cost $35.50. Yet many foreign visitors feel compelled to visit it. They also ride the London Eye, traipse around Madame Tussauds—and then moan that everything is hideously expensive.
If you’re in the market for an appreciating asset, you could earn a healthy income in 2010. Here are three of my favorite investment picks for this year, all of which offer the potential for great rental yields.
Snow, sleigh-bells, mistletoe—or the beach? Christmas doesn’t always have to mean a gaggle of relatives, too much eggnog, and bulky winter coats. This year, why not relax in a hammock, with a cocktail and the soothing sun?
From the moment you step onboard a canal boat, you are forced to slow down. There is simply no way to stay wound-up when you spend a week traveling at 5 miles per hour along the canals of Europe. Days are spent dawdling between locks, sampling local food, and wandering to nearby churches and castles.
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