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Thwarted by one queen, welcomed by another

Thwarted by one queen, welcomed by another

Edinburgh has room for only one queen.  You will recall that I was proclaimed Queen of Dalriada at Dunadd in Argyll which entitles me to do pretty much whatever I damn well please.  Yet, I soon realized otherwise the day we decided to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the grand turreted structure with requisite ruined … Continue reading

The Grand Tour: Scotland, one week in

The Grand Tour: Scotland, one week in

I apologize for being incommunicado for a while.  Since we left York our wireless access has been minimal, and the times where we have been able to locate a hot spot the connection has been weak.  Needless to say this has been frustrating, but I think about how travel and travel writing used to be … Continue reading

The Grand Tour: York, one week in

The Grand Tour: York, one week in

We have the Romans to thank for York.  Eboracum, they called it after establishing the colonia, later morphing into Jorvik when the Vikings took over and finally, York.  This is the city where Constantine the Great was proclaimed Emperor, Richard II wanted to relocate the English capital, Guy Fawkes was born, the Parliamentarians routed the … Continue reading

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