The Pump Room in Bath, England is given a starred review by many guidebook writers. We decided to follow their suggestion and splurge at this famous landmark. The impressive vaulted ceilings and enormous glass windows provided a cheerful ambiance which takes patrons back centuries. Classical artwork decorated the expansive walls.Read More»
Many American families maintain ties with relatives and friends in the country of their heritage. Oftentimes, these families make pilgrimages back to the “old country” to reunite with their heritage and with their friends and relatives. Claire A. Nivola’s picture book Orani: My Father’s Village takes the reader on a journey to Orani, Sardinia, her father’s homeland.Read More»
With one day to spend outside London, we chose to travel by train to nearby Bath. We planned to take a self guided walking tour, eat lunch at the exquisite Pump Room, and tour the famous Roman Baths before we took an early evening train back to London. Finally, the weather cooperated. We did not experience one drop of rain, just periods of gloomy clouds and later rays of sunshine.
The small town atmosphere was apparent as soon as we left the train depot. As we walked toward the town, we were greeted by a tall church steeple.Read More»
Is there anything besides fish and chips and mushy peas in London?Read More»
What does Charlie Palmer’s District Tavern in Denver and Sonoma County Vitners in California have in common with the Visa Signature card and Mileage Plus United? Last night, these entities collaborated together and hosted the first Visa Signature wine pairing event in Denver.Read More»
When I was in London, I found myself continually chanting the popular nursery rhyme- “Rain rain go away. Come again another day.” It rained most of the time.Read More»
Picture books have an uncanny way of bringing memorable stories to children of all ages. Most fit conveniently into one fiction genre while others fall into multiple genres that are fiction, nonfiction or a blending of the two. My Heart Will Not Sit Down (written by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Ann Tanksley, 2012) combines historical events and multiculturalism with a unique message.Read More»
Should I search for more Indian books or should I switch my focus?
Where would I begin if I changed ethnic groups? I wasn’t sure?
Then I eyed some shelves labeled “new picture books”. I sat on the floor and started to take picture walks. Before I knew it, I had a pile of books that appeared to fall within the genre of multiculturalism. I checked the books out and went home.Read More»
After an 18 million dollar renovation, part of the Kensington Palace was recently reopened to the public. This stately red brick building was built in the early part of the 17th century and has been the residence for six British monarchs. The area once occupied by Princess Diana and Prince Charles are closed to the public. Prince William and his bride are expected to move into an apartment in the private royal section next year.Read More»
Walking through a city park is a pleasant way to escape the congestion of a metropolitan area. New York is famous for Central Park and its zoo. Chicago’s city planners had the foresight to keep miles and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline dedicated to open space and parks. Likewise, London’s leaders chose to include many beautiful parks.Read More»