Towers of Power

The Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace

The most influential men and women of their time have lived – and died – within these walls. And in most cases, the power they held lasted very briefly. Continue reading

Antique Hunting in Warwick

warwick-street-from-top-sBritain is full of old things. And I don’t mean the House of Lords.

With royalty, stately homes, palaces, battle sites and ancient ruins at every turn, there’s enough to satisfy even the most avid, (and indeed gory) appetite for past glories and disasters. Continue reading

Edinburgh’s Close Past

Mary King's Close -sMary King and I have much in common.

We’re both single (she a widow) with grown children; both of us are entrepreneurs with small success and live in comfort. But the comfort of Mary King was a far cry from my own. You see, Mary lived in 17th century Edinburgh in a ‘close’.

Closes were very narrow streets with tall (seven or eight storey) buildings closely set together on either side of the road. These were often named for the businesses in them – Baker’s Close, Advocates Close, Tanner’s Close, etc. Or they may have been named for the notable residents living in them.

Such is Mary King’s Close………………. Continue reading

Norway – Spirit of the Vikings

I’ve concluded that Norwegians are either the most intrepid adventurers in the world… or slightly mad. I’m leaning toward the latter. Whichever, Norway is home to some of the most intrepid people on the planet.

Kon-Tiki Norway Spirit of the Vikings

The Kon Tiki boat is just a raft.

In the Kon Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway, is the first piece of evidence for this. I’m surveying the original Kon Tiki. It’s a raft! Continue reading

6 Haunted Buildings in Wales – Catch the Spirit!

skirrid Inn sWant to greet a ghost or sleep with a spectre? Wales is reputedly one of the most haunted countries in the world and its castles, stately homes, pubs and even abbey ruins can give a whole new meaning to getting into the spirit of the place. Here are six of the most spirited spots. Continue reading