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Places to Go, People to See!

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Ham House and Garden, England. Photo Credit: @hamhousent

Since my English travel plans have been delayed until September, I have been living vicariously through my fellow Instagrammer’s luscious images. The next best thing to being there! And if I’m enjoying them then I’m certainly thinking there’s a good possibility you will, too! For starters, the dreamy image above that’s inspiring me to consider some tweaks to Parterre’s gardens.

Shropshire, England. Photo Credit: @wollertonohg
Saint Victor La Grand’ Maison, France. Photo Credit:

If you haven’t succumbed to the World of Instagram you might decide to reconsider…the wealth of talented photographers (most of them non-professional) out and about is awe-inspiring. That one simple app can open your eyes to visions you could not have imagined.

Château de Chambord, France. Photo Credit: @isrhaul
Wardington Manor, Oxfordshire, England. Photo Credit: @clivenichols
Somerton, Oxfordshire, England. Photo Credit: @thesnappyben

Especially in these times when the wanderlust bug is affecting us all. There’s nothing quite like recalling travel memories from the past — the smell, the tastes, the different language, the people’s gestures, the funny incidents along the way — unless it’s a ticket in hand!

Château de Maintenon, France. Photo Credit: @moimarithe
Château de Balleroy, France. Photo Credit: @christopherfilippidis

Places to dream about, to be enchanted by, to be fascinated with…all part of the lure of “foreign destinations.” Second to gathering with friends, I truly think the experience that we’ve all missed the most through this past challenging year is that of travel.

Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire, England. Photo Credit: @acquadiartem
The Pavillon Frais at Versailles, France. Photo Credit: @acquadiartem

So as you scroll through these yummy images, give mind space to that exhilarating question…what are your travel dreams?

Château de Flaugergues, France. Photo Credit: @christopherfilippidis
Pettifers, Oxfordshire, England. Photo Credit: @clivenichols
Valkenburg, Limburg, Netherlands. Photo Credit: @christopherfilippidis

Then, as a current American Airlines ad reminds us, “Pack your bags! You’ve got places to go.”

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About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

7 thoughts on “Places to Go, People to See!

  1. Wonderful posting! Makes me want to jump on a plane!!! Thank you for fulfilling my wanderlust!

    1. So happy my post inspired your response! Wanderlust is a wonderful thing…xB

  2. You chose fabulous photos of places to visit! Celebrating the passion of visionary landscape designers everywhere!
    Happy Thursday to you 🙂

  3. And not to missed gardens with its Michelin star dining is Hambleton Hall , Rutland, UK
    Take a peek at

  4. Wow!!!
    What inspiration!
    I hope Newport is up and running soon! It’s been far too long!!
    Rick Marchand

    1. Newport looks like it’s been and up running since April!! It promises to be a busy summer…xB

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