Thoughts on the way home.

I woke up at the St. Pancras Hotel in London this morning at 5 AM with a great sense of quiet and thankfulness. Normally when I wake up early it is because of some imagined fear or excitement for the day ahead. This was different, a sense of calmness kept me awake. It had been a difficult week at the funeral of a dear friend. We had a layover in London on the way home and opted to go into town rather than stay at the airport. Last night we visited with a friend, strolled through Covent Garden, already festooned … Continue reading Thoughts on the way home.

Isle of Man

This is the first post from the Isle of Man.  It has several shots from around the island, including the route of the TT motorcycle race.  Other posts will deal with the Manx Steam Railroad, Douglas, Peel, Castletown and Port Erin.       There‘s a sign when you leave the arrivals area of the Isle of Man Airport that reads “Travelers who are not citizens of the EU or the EEA and are arriving from the Republic of Ireland are required to register with the Isle of Man immigration and passport office.” It gives an address in Douglas, the … Continue reading Isle of Man

Iron and Glass, Flowers and Trains

May 11, 2010 Dear Friends, On Friday afternoons I would go to my grandparents’ flat in Jersey City while my parents had their night out.  Grandpa Brew would tell me stories.  He was raised in Ireland, ran away to sea at 13 and developed a love of travel, ships, Ireland and America.    He introduced me to Democratic politics.  He also told a good story.  But his one love that didn’t transfer was his love of gardening and formal gardens.  He came out to our home in Ridgewood and made flower beds to lay out the garden “just so.”  I helped … Continue reading Iron and Glass, Flowers and Trains

London 2013, St. Pancras

The first time I was in London my grandfather and I stayed at the YMCA.  We have stayed at the “Y” with our kids and Suzi and I have, in the past, stayed in the BBC Hostel, but this time we are staying in digs that couldn’t be more different than the “Y”.  We are at the St. Pancras, which is an old railway hotel at St. Pancras Station.  It has been completely renovated and restored into a 5 star hotel as part of the project that made this old Victorian complex the center for EuroStar departures.  It is a … Continue reading London 2013, St. Pancras