Secrets of Edinburgh; Hello Dolly!

Our trip downtown yielded more fun surprises. Newell hoping to add to his tartan tie collection wanted to stop at a Scottish thrift store; we found one on our way to the museum. There were no tartan ties but we did run across several Calvin and Hobbs comic books and 2 sets of tartan-themed Christmas cards with trees and shaggy […]

Inside Edinburgh Castle; discovering Scotland’s past

Inside Edinburgh castle are well-designed exhibits showing the history of the monarchy and nation. The coronation of Robert the Bruce in 1306 and  a timeline showing the kings of the Scots and national military history are prominently displayed. A timeline chronicling Scotland’s kings from ancient times. Bagpipers provided passion and inspiration for the warriors preparing for battle. Warriors did not […]

Edinburgh and the Royal Mile; Days 7 – 10

As one enters the castle they are greeted by a statue of King Robert the Bruce And the metal-studded portcullis gate The climb doesn’t end at the entrance, inside are multiple buildings and defenses on the steep slope. The complex is rich with history; from a Christian chapel to military museums, the story of Scotland has been well-preserved. St. Margaret’s […]

9/27 – Day 5: An homage to England’s great writers; by train to Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace

  As much as we enjoyed exploring London, it was time to move on to visit the homes of 2 favorite literary superstars; William Shakespeare and Beatrix Potter (author and illustrator of Peter Rabbit) with a stop at Oxford University. Oxford is conveniently located about halfway between London and Stratford; we chose to take the train. And here I err, […]

London Day 4: afternoon at the British Museum, evening at Piccadilly Circus

Richard the Lion-heart, king of England and Crusader whose statue stands outside of the British Parliament. Our ancestors were his cousins; we shared  the same grandfather, Henry 1 (Beauclerc). After our exquisite tea at the Swan, we crossed the Thames, found Parliament, missed Westminster Abbey by one minute and headed up to the British Museum. I know that Great Britain […]

Day 4: Shakespeare’s Globe, Tea at the Swan, the Tate Modern, the British Museum and Piccadilly Circus

The double-decker bus, another iconic London sight. It was finally time to discover the (rebuilt) hangout of the Bard himself. William Shakespeare’s mother Mary was the sister of my 12th great-grandmother Margaret, we respectfully call him “Cousin Will.” There are multiple bridges that will take you across the Thames to the South Bank, home of Globe Theater. Being Harry Potter […]