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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Highclere Castle

| August 11, 2017

After our visit with Chris Abbey in Rippon, we headed back to Reading to turn in our rental car and head to Heathrow airport.  On the way, we stopped at Highclere Castle, the site of the BBC series Downton Abbey.  Tom and I were just along for the ride, since neither of us have seen […]

Combat Patrol Gaming in Rippon

| August 11, 2017

While in England, I took the chance to travel to Yorkshire and visit Chris Alley of Sally 4th for a Combat Patrol(TM) game in Rippon.  Chris has a really nice games room.  We played Combat Patrol(TM), had an excellent dinner with Chris and his wife, and then played some Settlers of Cataan. Chris is working […]

The Peak District, Day 2

| August 11, 2017

As we set out from the Peak District toward Yorkshire, we stopped at an area that had been an old railroad right of way for a short hike.  The viaduct in the left of the picture above and an old railway tunnel were the attractions here. We began by walking down a path through the […]

The Peak District, Day 1

| August 10, 2017

Our next day in England was spent in The Peak District, an area of high hills and picturesque vistas.  We stayed in a nice bed and breakfast in Castleton and then headed out on a hike across nearby ridges to Mam Tor and around the area.

A visit to Bovington Tank Museum

| August 9, 2017

For me, a highlight of our family vacation in England was a visit to the tank museum in Bovington.  Somewhat off the beaten path Bovington is the armor (armour) school for the British Army and the site of the largest collection of tanks I’ve ever seen — and most of them have been repaired to […]

Warwick Castle

| August 8, 2017

We were sort of warned NOT to go to Warwick castle.  It sounded like it had a Renaissance fair vibe to it, with activities for small kids, etc.  Since we have often enjoyed Renaissance fairs, we decided to give it a go. Docents provided interesting historical tours within the castle itself, which has been restored. […]

The Cotswolds

| August 6, 2017

We took a guided tour of the Cotswolds, a picturesque area of England that is one of the top Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the world.  The tour met us at the Morten-in-Marsh train station and took us to morning coffee at Secret Cottage, then around parts of the northeastern Cotswolds, back to […]

Old Time Photos

| August 6, 2017

For me, it’s not a family vacation without some old-time photos to commemorate the occasion.  These were taken in a small studio across the street from Harrods in Knightsbridge, London.

Surdus Visit England

| August 5, 2017

For our family vacation this year, we chose to visit England.  As many of you know, we first made sure that we got the kids to all 50 states.  Then we visited Costa Rica last Summer.  This Summer we visited England, beginning our journey with three days in London. After arriving in Heathrow, we took […]

Spring Break Vacation

| April 3, 2017

Both Tom’s and Sam’s Spring breaks were the same week this year, so we took a family vacation to southern Florida to see the Everglades and the Keys.  We began our trip with half a day in the “Little Havana” portion of Miami, where we indulged in some terrific food.  We also purchased some Cuban […]