Brighton Pier and Other Great Things to Do in Brighton, England

The long strand of Brighton Beach leads to the world famous Brighton Pier in Brighton, England

Brighton Pier, stretching 1,722 feet into the English Channel, is generally regarded as the most magnificent pier ever built. It began life in 1832, as the “Chain Pier,” used as a landing terminal for ships arriving from Dieppe, France. Over the next six decades, the Chain Pier suffered damage from storms that eventually resulted in … Read more

The Remarkable Gardens of Cornwall

The Biomes of the Eden Project in Cornwall, England

Cornwall has always been a distinctive part of England. Eons ago two plates of the earth’s crust rammed into one another, uplifting and twisting the underlying rock into the wild and windswept headlands that created its magnificent scenery. Geographically, this southwestern-most tip of England dips it’s toes in the English Channel at a point where … Read more

PHOTO: Wild Coastline on the South West Coast Path Around St. Anthony Head in Cornwall, England

The wild coastline on the South West Coast Path around St. Anthony Head in Cornwall, England

I hiked part of the South West Coast Path in Dorset, England last year and was so impressed with the beauty that I made a pact with myself to return and do more of it. This year, I chose Cornwall, the southwestern-most tip of England, and this is just a small sample of the beauty … Read more

PHOTO: Serene Spring Scene at Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, England

Serene scene at Lost Gardens of Heligan as spring arrives in Cornwall, England

As spring approaches, buds break out on trees and flowering bushes burst into a riot of white and magenta blooms at The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, England. When World War II took all the men from this part of England, these gardens, which were the property of a private mansion, could no longer … Read more

PHOTO: Preparing to Plant Poppies for WW1 Anniversary at Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, England

Horses plow fields in traditional manner at Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, England

This year is the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 70th anniversary of England’s declaration of war against Germany during World War II. In Cornwall, all the young men were drafted immediately and put on a boat to be shipped off for training. Soldiers from towns were kept together, the thinking being that … Read more