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Portmeirion Village Wales

Portmeirion, an Italian-style village in Wales

Portmeirion is a small village in North Wales on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. The village is one of the most popular and most visited sights in Wales, which became widely known by the 1960s series The Prisoner.  …

Twr Mawr Lighthouse

Photographing Twr Mawr, Wales

Twur Mawr lighthouse (meaning Great Tower in Welsh) is an iconic landmark on the West coast of Anglesey in Wales. This rather small lighthouse on Llanddwynn Isalnd was built in 1845 in the distinctive style of Anglesey windmills. According to…

Dove Cottage Grasmere

Visiting Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage

Most museums, heritage centres and exhibitions in England are brilliantly done and are interactive. I’ve been to many of them and loved them all. However, on my recent visit to William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage in the Lake District, I was…

How to make a dried flower wreath

Summer spoils us with great choices of fresh flowers - whether in wildflower meadows, in our gardens or in our vases as cut flowers. For years dried flowers always reminded me of autumn. But not anymore. When selected carefully, dried…

summer berry cake

Summer Berry Cake

The blog is 6 years old this July so I though to bake a cake to celebrate this milestone and say thank you for following and reading England’s Puzzle. I wasn’t sure if I would have time to make it…

Lake District, UK

How to spend a long weekend in the Lake District

I've been wanting to visit the Lake District for years, but it just never happened. So finally, I just decided to go and organised a long weekend in the Lake District. Like with any other places in the UK, you…

Cotswolds Circular Walk

Burford Circular Walk

Although for me nothing beats visiting country houses, gardens and heritage museums, I do enjoy going on country walks. The reason is that you can almost always find a hidden gem during a walk, which you probably wouldn’t find if…

Levens Hall

The Stuart Garden

Just like Tudor gardens, Stuart gardens were built to impress. Following the French and Dutch garden design trends, gardens in England during the Stuart period became even larger and more impressive. History of the Stuart Gardens Up until the Glorious…

Greenway, Devon

Greenway – Agatha Christie’s holiday home in Devon

Lady Rosamund Painswick: There’s nothing like an English summer, is there? Dowager Countess: Except an English winter. (Downton Abbey) Agatha Christie loved English summers. So much that she bought Greenway, a holiday home in the 1930s, close to her hometown…

The London Season

The London Season

If you are a Downton Abbey fan, you certainly remember the London Season and Rose's Presentation at court. This post gives you more insights into what a London Season looked like. What is a London Season? The London Season was…

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