Ah England – home of The Beatles, The Queen and Charlie & Lola. We can’t help saying to each other, “do you remember where we were this time last year?” So I hope you’ll forgive me for reliving a bit of that glorious July 2009 trip in the coming days. Five of us went. We were going to be six, but my mother-in-law (the inspiration for our trip) died a little more than a month before we were set to leave. You know, I think she was a bit of an Anglophile and now I realize I’m one too! Though I’m sorry she couldn’t make the trip, I am so glad that the rest of us did. It is quite a feat for me to venture away from my beloved cat for any period of time, but having a housesitter made that seem workable. And Rick Steves is right – beginning your trip to England in Bath is a wonderful way to go.
Those last two shots are of the Villa Magdala which is where we stayed. We had a tea service in our room and it was supplied with the most wonderful biscuits called McVitie’s Digestives. These are so good. Not too sweet and a nice kind of sandy texture. Excellent with tea, coffee, wine. They’d be wonderful on a cheese board. And the good news is Gene’s Market carries them in their British section. You can get a small package for $3 and some-odd cents. My daughter prefers the chocolate-covered variety which is more expensive, but I think the plain ones are better.