© 2003, 2004, 2005
10 for the Road
Just back from
to the online home of travel columnist Donald D. Groff, who has
dispensed advice and stories since 1988 in such publications as the Philadelphia Inquirer,
the Newark Star-Ledger, The Kansas City Star, Newsday, Salon, Condé Nast Traveler, Consumer Reports
Travel Letter, The Boston Globe, and Endless Vacation magazine.
from . . .
All photos ©Donald D. Groff except as
who has seen the movie "Notting Hill" already has some idea
this once-bohemian part of London has developed a cachet of
Elegant townhomes like those that housed Hugh Grant's
gang surround gated private parks, while commercial streets thrive with
first-rate shops and restaurants.
Among the most celebrated is Portobello Road, lined
with antiques stores, pubs and clothiers. It is best known for its
Saturday market, which stretches for from the Notting Hill Gate tube
stop more than a mile downhill then back up, changing personalities
several times -- antiques, food, fashion.
post box, watercolor by Michael Arnold
London in winter
London's winter weather is usually
deemed "blah," but in early 2003 it proved to be positively
uplifting compared to the chill and snow dogging the Northeast. Despite
a couple of unusual snowy
days in the British capital, U.S.
visitors found the overcast skies and temps in the high 40s a welcome contrast to
the subfreezing pattern back home. Adding to the atmosphere was
the political tussle over Iraq between Tony Blair and, it seemed, most
of his constituents.
Maine; Georgia kangaroos;
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