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London, we hardly knew ye

London, we hardly knew ye

Three weeks was not long enough.  We are not tired of London and we are certainly not tired of life.  This city has been called a modern Babylon, a populous and smoky city where no one is ever healthy, a place for love and scandal, the epitome of our times, going beyond any boundary or … Continue reading

To market, to market

To market, to market

We’re anxious to try it!  And we did at the Borough Market, one of our favorite places to go in London.  Since 1014 there has been a market in this area south of the Thames, first under London Bridge where traders sold fish, grain, vegetables and livestock and then moving to its current location in … Continue reading

Nothing helps scenery like Ham House

Nothing helps scenery like Ham House

“Vivat Rex” was the welcome message to us.  Long live the King.  This is carved into the wood of The Great Hall at Ham House as a reminder that its inhabitants were ardent Royalists and fully supported the monarchy.  It was this devotion that allowed William Murray to receive patronage from King Charles I and furnish his home … Continue reading

The universe is a green dragon

The universe is a green dragon

The universe works in mysterious ways.  When Steve and I were in London last May we met three funny friendly fellow beer aficionados at The Rake, a pub in Borough Market.  We struck up a conversation with John, Andy and Hamish and covered such topics as beer, good pubs in London, World War II, US politics … Continue reading

The Grand Tour: London, one week in

The Grand Tour: London, one week in

Our first post! We are thrilled that our blog is up and running but more important is that we have finally embarked on this adventure around the world, something that we have been planning for several years. A bit about the name of our blog, Grand Tour of the Middling Sort. It is an amalgamation of two … Continue reading