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Medieval Wine Tour in London

Medieval Wine Tour in London

Time Travelling to 14th Century London I registered for the Medieval Wine Tour weeks before via London Historians. They hold fantastic events happening in and around London so I jumped at the chance to go because, not only was the tour medieval, but it was being hosted by Dr. Matthew Green, author of  London: A Travel Guide Through Time, and host of Unreal City Audio: London Walking Tours. I attended a paper Dr. Green gave on the plague several months…

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Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

Renaissance Clothing at the Victoria and Albert Museum Fashionista? Love clothes and history? I do. If you’re in London and looking for a place to see these two things together, the Victoria and Albert Museum should definitely be on your list. I recently visited the V&A and as I was snapping away, I found myself drawn to many of the early modern fashion pieces. Here are a few of my favourite pieces from their incredible collection. The first items were…

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National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

I recently visited the National Maritime Museum for their Ships, Clocks and Stars exhibit but I also took the time to pop in and see the section devoted to one of England’s naval heroes and favourite sons, Lord Horatio Nelson. Horatio Nelson Horatio Nelson was born September 29th, 1758 in Norfolk to moderately wealthy parents. He joined the Navy at age 12 in 1771 and quickly rose through the naval ranks with the aide of his uncle, Captain Maurice Suckling. Nelson was…

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Places to Visit: Dickens Walking Tour

Places to Visit: Dickens Walking Tour

Visiting London? Dickens fan? Have an hour and forty-five minutes and £10? Then spend it wisely by taking this tour in the heart of London’s Borough district. This is a walking tour of some of the places important to Dicken’s life and stories. The tour is given by author, broadcaster and Blue Badge Tourist Guide, Richard Jones. Richard is wonderfully friendly, patient and extremely knowledgeable in all things Dickensian. Not only is he well versed in Dicken’s life and works,…

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Places to See: Hogarth House

Places to See: Hogarth House

This summer, I visited Hogarth House in Chiswick; the home of famed English portrait painter, satirist and engraver, William Hogarth (1697 – 1764). The museum is not large, but definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. Hogarth spent the final fifteen years of his life here and made an impact on the local culture and community. Why was Hogarth such an important London personality? Who was William Hogarth? William Hogarth was born in London on November 10, 1697. Hogarth…

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Coffeehouse Tour of London

Coffeehouse Tour of London

Coffee. My life’s blood. I can’t live without the stuff. So it’s no small wonder that I jumped at the opportunity to go on a tour dedicated to London’s seventeenth and eighteenth century coffeehouses. Dr. Matthew Green was once again at the helm of this tour, a fun, two hour, caffeine-fest in central London. The tour kicked off in St. Michael’s Alley, Cornhill, where London’s love affair with coffee all began. In the spring 1652, in St. Michael’s Alley, the first…

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James Alfred Wight – an Introduction

James Alfred Wight – an Introduction

James Alfred Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym of James Herriot, became one of the most successful writers of the 20th century. His novels, a series of anecdotes based on his experiences as a young veterinary doctor operating among the agriculture community of North Yorkshire, sold in the millions throughout the world. Their great success spawned two feature films in the mid-1970s, followed by a television series, All Creatures Great, and Small, which was met with global success in the…

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Herriot Country

Herriot Country

Yorkshire’s Herriot Country takes its name from one of the world’s best loved writers, James Herriot. For more than 50 years it was home to the vet-cum-author, whose books have enthralled fans and put Yorkshire firmly on the map. The Heart of Yorkshire Herriot Country has always been the epicentre of the area with a variety of places to visit, including historic market towns, and some of the country’s finest national parks. These blended together with an array of visitor…

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Young James Herriot

Young James Herriot

Young James Herriot’ TV drama draws in over 14 million viewers! It’s more than 20 years since we last saw James Herriot on our screens in the very popular – ‘All Creatures Great And Small’, and the new three part drama – ‘Young James Herriot’ proved to be just as popular with over 14 million viewers tuning in to see the return of the nations best loved vet, illustrating that the Herriot name is still very much alive!

An aside as I set up

An aside as I set up

I came across this video and was mesmerized.  While I am setting up my blog, please enjoy the video.  I hope to share all of my travels and musing here with you all. Life is short and we should enjoy our family and friends while we can. With each passing day, I appreciate life more and more. Thanks for visiting my blog. If you would, please tell your family and friends about this site.  I am planning on it being…

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