In Pictures: Pubs of Great Britain

Pubs of Great Britain

I’ve been fortunate to travel to Great Britain three times. On each of those visits, pub life was a major part of our experiences. Some of those visits saw us linger over a few pints while other visits were long enough to stop in for a 20-minute break over half pints. And yes, we’ve had many meals in pubs. Before our first visit in 1998, I read in my Lonely Planet guidebook about how the best — and often cheapest — meals were in pubs. I have had many great meals in pubs. I have been to my share of pubs. Here are some of my favorite pubs of Great Britain.

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Friday Travel Inspiration: Europe With Children

Europe with children

We’ve been asked many times how we could possibly take a 5-year-old child to Europe. How did we manage to spend several days in Paris with a picky eater, visit the city’s amazing restaurants and walk the halls of its majestic art museums, all with a — CHILD. Pretty easy, actually. This week’s Friday Travel Inspiration is meant to encourage you to visit Europe with children.

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Getting Older: 37 Life Travel Moments (part 2)


Life Travel Moments London

Moments afer proposing, this remains one of the happiest moments of my life. I think I need to attempt to pull off the aviators again.

I celebrated turning 37 on Jan. 8 with a listing of 13 of my 37 life travel moments. If you read the first post, you were introduced to the baby road tripper, the kid in knee-high socks at South Beach, the college kid falling in love with Bourbon Street, and the shame of eating at Hard Rock Cafe in Paris. Now that you enjoyed the appetizer, it’s time for the main course. In no particular order, here are Nos. 14-26 of my life travel moments, where together we discover love, laughter, parenthood and what the pee hat is all about.

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Four Non-London England Cities to Visit



York, England

If you’re considering a visit to England for the first time, chances are you’re only thinking about London. As much as I love the capital city, for my money, I’m going out to some of the “other” British cities. And I’m not talking small villages, even though some of my favorite places on Earth are English villages. I have lots of favorites, but if you’re thinking about a first-time visit to the United Kingdom, here are my favorite four non-London England cities to visit. When we visit the U.K. we’ve always had a car, but all of these cities are accessible via train and motorcoach.

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Green Card Woes (Or Being Stuck in Customs)

Tower Bridge

“Excuse me, ma’am, you need to come with us.”

Those were not the words we were expecting when we arrived back in Atlanta after three weeks in the United Kingdom. But this group of three Americans and one British citizen was being stopped at the border entering the United States, and I had no idea why. I just wanted a big glass of sweet ice tea after spending my first real time out of the South. That and a nap. Yeah, a nap would have been nice.

As my new fiancée and I stood waiting on her parents who were in a back room at immigration at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, I was wondering why drug dogs suddenly were sniffing around my luggage. Turns out it was random, but at the time, with my future in-laws detained and some high-priced hounds putting their wet noses all over my luggage, I was a little confused.

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