Bringing Up Brits

An American in Helsinki

An American in Helsinki

For my 45th birthday, my husband whisked me off to Gatwick, sans enfants, walked me blindfolded (not literally) through to the gate where, to my delight, I saw we were about to board a plane set for Helsinki, Finland. Amazing! What a fabulous birthday surprise. I never would have thought I’d visit Helsinki but now […]

How to learn about the history of an English Castle? Horrible Histories!

How to learn about the history of an English Castle? Horrible Histories!

What’s the best way to learn about the history of an English castle when you have children? Why, Horrible Histories of course! Some of the best family days out are those spur of the moment, grab that opportunity and run with it type of days out and that’s exactly what we had last weekend while […]

The Best European Cities to Visit with Kids

The Best European Cities to Visit with Kids

Visiting Europe is a never-ending journey. There are many things to see, to taste, to learn, to experience. So, for your trip to the continent with your kids, wouldn’t it be much more convenient to usher everyone around by driving? Luxury car hire companies in Europe like PrimeRent for example provide the perfect vehicles to […]

A burger a day in the USA

A burger a day in the USA

We are back in England now after an incredibly emotional trip full of fun, discovery, nostalgia, reunions, and a lot of sadness and grief too. My wonderful mother-in-law very sadly passed away and my husband left us to be with her and his father and siblings during her last hours in Spain. We are so […]

Christmas 2015 in pictures

Christmas 2015 in pictures

As we bring in the new year, I’m so thankful for my husband, my children and my family. Globally, 2015 has been a year of tragedy and terror for so many. Let’s hope 2016 brings rest and hope to those who need it most. Here’s our Christmas in pictures. Happy New Year everyone!   ****************** […]

Thanksgiving in the UK with Americans

Thanksgiving in the UK with Americans

What a special day, hope everyone is having a wonderful time and has lots to be thankful for. We are breaking tradition and having an American Thanksgiving dinner with American expats in Brighton and Hove. So, a VERY special celebration this year! Plus, it’s my birthday today 🙂 And… Happy Birthday to my Dad and […]

A Spanish surprise

A Spanish surprise

We’ve arrived back in England after a few days away in Spain visiting British grandparents and catching some well needed R&R. We love going to Spain during October, out of season, as it’s much more chilled out, fewer tourists and lots of car parking spots open! Plus, the weather is generally still warm and summery. […]

What we learned in France

What we learned in France

School is back! Anyone see that funny video that American family made about back to school? Sums it up pretty well Baby got class – give it a watch. Our summer went by soooo quickly, not too hard to imagine especially since the kids are only off school for six weeks. We were away for […]

Croeso Cymru

Croeso Cymru

All I can say is that South Wales is a MUST for all Americans (or non Brits) visiting or living in England. A few years ago we went to North Wales, climbed Mount Snowdon and got all castled out. I gathered from my husband that he thinks North Wales is more spectacular and it may […]

One of my favorite places

One of my favorite places

One of the great joys of living in England is the setting. Just down the road from us, there is this beautiful little town complete with medieval castle, winding river, historical ruins, museum, riverside walks, ducks and swans. It has something for everyone – playground, walks, shops, cafes, ice cream, restaurants, art galleries, antiques, churches, […]

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Wishing all Americans near and far a very Happy 4th of July! We are celebrating in Arundel, a beautiful castle town in West Sussex, at The Loft in Sparks Yard where they are putting on an all American weekend. It’s burgers and beer (A&W for the kids), fries and milkshakes. This time last year, my […]