The Thames Valley Close-Up

On a recent visit to Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford England, I zoomed in!  read all about it at Wandering Educators.com.

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What would your kids zoom in on?  Try it on your next trip or even in your own backyard.

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Cheap Thrills for Kids – London Ski Lift

Linking North and South London, the Emirates Cable Car is a perfect family travel accessory.  It likely won’t be the main event of your day, but like any good travel accessory, it can add zip for very little cost. Just a 5-minute ride across the Thames River and only about $6.50 for an adult and $3.50 for a child.  The cable car boards like a ski lift in that you walk on while the car is moving slowly (in Read more »

Where does the wind blow through the willows?

Check out our post on WanderingEducators.com!  Hot cocoa, long walks in ancient oaks, and the Wind in the Willows museum.

Henley-on-Thames: Alive with History

“Low in a vale, by wood-crown’d heights o’erhung,

Where fir, and larch, and beech are careless flung,

With silver Thames slow rolling at her feet,

Lies Henley-Contemplation’s calm retreat.”

Opening lines of a poem detailing the charms of Henley-on-Thames, published anonymously in 1827.  The poem is attributed to Mr. Richardson, a temporary resident of Henley.  Though I’ve never, technically, resided in Henley, I’ve visited regularly for over thirty years and consider myself perhaps an intermittent resident. I’m lucky enough to be here again.

 

Just 40 minutes from London, Henley-on-Thames was a medieval market town and river port and is most famous for the Henley Royal Regatta, which it hosts on the first weekend of July, Wednesday to Sunday.  The race is 1 mile and 550 yards, finishing just downstream of the town bridge.  Every room in town is booked at least a year in advance for the event (I speak from frustrating experience); the streets, trains, and riverbanks are backed with Pimms-drinking, hat-wearing spectators young and old. The regatta is not as Read more »