England’s Roman Baths

Listen and Subscribe in iTunes Other ways to Listen and Subscribe The town of Bath in England is famous for many things. It was the setting for one of Chaucer’s most famous stories from The Canterbury Tales, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” it was a Georgian pleasure town and its hot springs have attracted people … Read more

The Colorful History of Lindisfarne

Maybe you’ve heard of the Book of Kells or the Gospel of Lindisfarne: These illuminated manuscripts are not only high works of religious text, but doors that open history to current scholars. Today on the show we’re talking about Lindisfarne, the island on the northern edge of England, where the monks who wrote that book … Read more

Belfast and the Troubles

Listen and Subscribe in iTunes Other ways to Listen and Subscribe Belfast is many different things to many different people. It’s both the second-largest city on the island of Ireland and the capital of Northern Ireland. With Brexit looming, Belfast’s attachment to the United Kingdom grows ever more tenuous. But wasn’t that long ago that … Read more

The History of Windsor Castle

Subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on Android England’s Windsor Castle has been home to 39 British monarchs, with its history stretching back nearly 1,000 years to William the Conqueror. My guest today is Deborah Cadbury, the author of Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe, among many other books. We chat about the illustrious … Read more

Banqueting House: The Place to Kill a King

The Banqueting House and the Holbein Gate, Whitehall, with the Equestrian Statue of King Charles I

Listen to the Episode “Banqueting House: The Place to Kill a King” Subscribe in iTunes Other ways to listen & Subscribe Visiting London can be overwhelming, with the list of must-see locations stretching as high as Big Ben. But my guest today, author Leanda de Lisle, takes us deep into a lesser-known but historically vital … Read more

How to Visit the Tower of London

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England has quite a few World Heritage Sites, and during my time there earlier this month, I was able to see three of them: The Tower of London, Stonehenge, and Westminster Abbey. When I think of the Tower of London, my neck starts to ache as I think of Ann Boleyn, every season finale of … Read more

How to Visit Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites

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I’ve already detailed how freaking awesome it was to be able to sneak in a trip to Stonehenge on my London trip.  Going there I had zero expectations that I was going to be able to fit it in. From UNESCO’s description: Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world, while … Read more

The 12 British Phrases That Have Taken Over My Brain

Oh, the fun that is spotting the differences between British and American English! It’s my last night in London, and after an awesome eight days it seems that quite a few British English phrases have crept into my vocabulary.  So embarrassing! Try as hard as I can, these keep popping out of my mouth: Pop In … Read more

My Top 10 Super Awesome Surprise London Adventures

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My ten-day London (and the Home Counties) adventure was supposed to be 60% work/40% try-really-hard-to-grab-some-sightseeing time, but our host office ended up being the most awesome place ever and throwing in some really cool side trips.  That, combined with how easy London and the Home Counties are to explore, and I’ve racked up some amazing … Read more