Thursday, November 7, 2013

Polesden Lacey

Welcome to Mrs. Granville's stylish country residence,
Polesden Lacey

After buying Polesden Lacey in 1906 Mrs. Greville  
                      transformed it in to the perfect setting to host her lavish parties.

In addition to the house we explored the gardens
where royalty golfed and society gossiped.  We enjoyed breathtaking views
of the Surrey Hills on a crisp Autumn day! 

All Royalties, it seemed were intimate friends with Mrs. Greville.
"She was so shrewd, so kind and so amusingly unkind, so sharp, so fun, so naughty!"
The Queen Mother

Another perfect day in the country! 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

3rd time's a charm!

San Sebastian!  How I love thee!
Tim was absolutely 'spot on' when he said this place has everything
you could possibly want for a perfect holiday weekend!
1). A glorious sunset!

2). The water......

3). The architecture..... 
This time we splurged on the newly renovated Hotel Maria Cristina....

4). The food and drink.....

Always something different....
Lobster and Strawberry Pintxos

Sweet Eli, with San Sebastian Food, leads us on a Pintxos Tour

And this time we got to see the inside of one of the famous secret 
Basque gastronomical societies! 

 With a little investigation we found our favorite Gin Bar ... Cote!

....... a proper pour of Txakoli by Tim

the cheesecake, the cheesecake!!!

The best part about the weekend ...... great friends to share it with!