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DAVID ATKINS from ENGLAND

David’s expressive paintings provide us a glimpse of life and lands both near and far. According to David, “There are places, times, moments in a day that can be extraordinary and it is these that I seek to discover through the act of painting. The visual excitement and bombardment of people, objects, light, space, colour and movement are the subjects I explore in the hope of conveying a sense of life in that moment. Painting is a means of communicating what I feel most passionately about. It is a language that allows me to express my responses to the very beautiful and inspiring things I see around me. There is a point when I achieve something new and exciting in the painting, and realise the moment where looking and working have come together. What results is the culmination of a struggle to say what’s important, essential and poetic.”

The response to David’s paintings has been wonderful. He is able to transform ordinary settings and scenes that are familiar to us into vibrant paintings that hypnotize us.

England

Take a Stroll in a Charming Village

Although you’d be doing a great injustice to yourself by making a trip to the U.K. and not spending adequate time in the bustling, fashionable, vibrant capital city of London, there is just as much to be said for England’s countryside, with the charming hamlets and cozy villages that are off the beaten path. One such village that really stole our hearts during a journey through England was Stadhampton, in Oxfordshire. An ideal place to visit if you’re looking for a relaxing, quiet day trip by car from London..

This charming village provides a convenient home base for touring the many options in the area, including the Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Be sure to check the schedule for the Dorchester Abbey in Wallingford to attend a concert at this historic site. Numerous museums surround the countryside including the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford with its large array of archaeological and anthropological finds. And for car enthusiasts, do not forget to take a tour of the Mini Cooper plant in Oxford. And lastly do not miss driving by the old thatched bakery in Stadhampton that dates to 1658 and remained in operation until 1914. If the U.K. is in your upcoming travel plans, we would be pleased to suggest a hotel that ranks very high on our list, right in the heart of Stadhampton.

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Double-Decker Red Bus - "Icon" or Not?

London’s double decker red buses are world famous. There is however some debate in England as to whether they should be considered an “icon”. Unfortunately, the last of the Routemaster red buses were taken out of service in England at the end of 2005.

Since then many of these famous buses have appeared in various places and have been converted into tour buses or party buses, so you will occasionally see them on the road…or in this particular case as a reception area for a unique, delightful hotel outside of London.