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

Fredericton, Ever Been?

Walking by the St. John River, the water is so still reflecting the sky that one might almost flip this picture upside down

Walking by the St. John River, the water is so still reflecting the sky that one might almost flip this picture upside down

It’s been named one of the top ten cities in which to live in Canada. But Fredericton, New Brunswick should also be named one of the top ten to visit. And I have ten reasons why.

Number one is an eco-friendly network of 85 km of walking and cycling paths extending along the St. John and Nashwaak River.

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The walking and cycling bridge connects the two sides of the river. Stop in the middle for spectacular views. Continue reading