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British Library Tour
Literature London: To Do + See

British Library Tour

It’s interesting that in the world’s largest holding library you are unable to check out a book and need special permission to touch one.  While I had visited this library before, I went back for a proper tour just a few weeks ago. (There…

June 11, 2014
Mudlarking In London
Family Activities History London: To Do + See

Mudlarking In London

Beachcombing the River Thames in London is known as ‘mudlarking’ – – In the 18th and 19th centuries, impoverished boys and girls aged 8 to 15 scavenged the river’s mud at low tide in search of treasures to sell – It was a dirty…

November 29, 2013
C.S. Lewis's Home
Great Britain: To Do + See History Literature

C.S. Lewis

  – Last week I traveled to Oxford to visit the home of C.S. Lewis, who is famously known for writing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Today, his home ‘The Kilns’ is not a museum but a residence that houses visiting scholars So many fun things…

November 6, 2013
Fascinating World Of Ian Fleming
History Literature

Fascinating World Of Ian Fleming

 For our book club we read Ian Fleming’s Dr No (1958) – I think we were all surprised by how good it was A bit dated, yet entertaining – Although Dr No was Fleming’s seventh book, it was his first novel to be turned…

October 3, 2013
Rooftop Tour Of Hampton Court
Great Britain: To Do + See History

Rooftop Tour Of Hampton Court

Hampton Court is best known as the grand palace of King Henry VIII (the one with six wives) and is situated just outside London – It is also famous for its 411 chimneys, many of which I saw up close on a recent rooftop tour…

September 18, 2013
London Thames Barrier
History London: To Do + See

London’s Thames Barrier

Inexplicably, I’ve been wanting to see the Thames Barrier for some time. This 520-meter span of contemporary gating has protected the area of London from flooding since 1982. As one of the world’s largest movable flood barriers, these gates actively have protected London over 100 times…

August 7, 2013