Deja Vu at Quinta da Regaleria

There was a moment as we walked through the magical gardens of this park that my other half said he was sure he'd been here before, not in person, but in a dream. I knew exactly what he meant. The Quinta da Regaleria is one of a number of outlandish buildings and parks located near... Continue Reading →

Where Tolkien Taught – Merton College, Oxford

Oxford University is made up of thirty-eight colleges, some of which were built when the University was first established. This includes Merton College, whose alumni include TS Eliot and Thomas Bodley (who founded the Bodleian Library). It's also where J.R.R. Tolkien taught as a professor of English Language and Literature. Many of the buildings that... Continue Reading →

Aldous Huxley’s Grave, Compton, UK

Aldous Huxley's died on the same day as C.S. Lewis, which is unfortunate timing, to say the least. But in an almost unbelievable twist of fate, both of these famous writers had their passing overshadowed by the assassination of President John F Kennedy, which occurred the very same day. Aldous Huxley now lies in an... Continue Reading →

Masseys Folly – A Gothic Mystery

Funny what you find when you're out and about. Take Masseys Folly, a large, red brick Victorian construction complete with two towers and adorned with carvings. It's like something out of a Bronte novel - and it's slap-bang in the middle of a small village in Hampshire. The story behind the folly is just as... Continue Reading →

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