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Salisbury, England

Salisbury, England

Another awesome home exchange in August of 2016 in the cathedral town of Salisbury, 2 hours southwest of London. Our quaint semi-detached home (that means duplex in Brit-speak) was quiet and relaxing and within walking distance of the town center. The historic center of Salisbury is fun to explore on foot for the chance to […]

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire

  If you are in the Northwest of London area, you will undoubtedly visit Oxford, home of the “dreaming spires”. And a day spent exploring its lovely gardens and buildings is always delightful. Venture just a bit further west and you can spend a day exploring a truly magnificent palace: Blenheim. The family seat of […]

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds

We spent a lovely month during the summer at a delightful home exchange in the small town of Charlton Kings, 2 hours west of Heathrow Airport, London.   Our exchangers were a lovely young couple with 2 children, who enjoyed our home in the wine country while we stayed at their unique, very English home: a […]

Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, WA

Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, WA

  If you love colorful art glass and gardens, don’t miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum on your next trip to Seattle!  I have been a Chihuly fan for many years: I think his work is just fantastic, and now he has a new gallery purpose built to showcase his wildly extravagant creations: details […]

Garden of the Monsters, Bomarzo, Italy

Garden of the Monsters, Bomarzo, Italy

If you want inspiration to really go wild with your own unique garden ideas, the Garden of the Monsters is a place you should definitely visit! Known in Italian as il Sacro Bosco (Sacred Wood), or Parco di Mostri (Park of the Monsters), this totally unique and unusual garden is located just outside the hill […]

Washington State: Tulips & Lilacs

Washington State: Tulips & Lilacs

We drove north into Washington State to visit the tulip fields at Holland America Bulb Farm in Woodland: what a delightful outing! Row upon row of amazingly bright and beautiful tulips: all labeled so that you can buy your favorite varieties. I’m afraid I went a little crazy and ordered over a 100 bulbs: they […]

Hearst Castle and Filoli Gardens

Hearst Castle and Filoli Gardens

Enjoy English gardens? If you can’t quite manage a trip to the UK, you can visit a very English garden not too far away. Located south of San Francisco in Woodside, Filoli is a magnificent estate originally built by the owner of the Empire Mine in 1917. It was expanded and developed by several wealthy […]

Barrington Court

Barrington Court

Barrington Court in Somerset, England, is one of our very favorite gardens. On your visit we recommend you investigate the gardens, have tea, and stroll the grounds. The lovely walled gardens were designed by Gertrude Jekyll and include a delightful white garden. The beautifully tended kitchen garden is full to over-flowing with vegetables and berries, […]

Bellevue Botanical Garden

Bellevue Botanical Garden

  Just outside Seattle, Bellevue Botanical Garden  is a FREE venue to delight your senses in all seasons of the year.  The beautifully maintained gardens include a really lovely rock garden with an amazing variety of dwarf conifers, a lush perennial border filled with gorgeous grasses, and a relaxing strolling path through the woodlands and […]