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London

Jack the Ripper Museum

9 November 1888. The mutilated body of 25-year-old Mary Jane Kelly was found in her bed in 13 Miller’s Court. She was the youngest, and possibly the last (at least during Autumn 1888), victim of Jack the Ripper. A few months earlier, Mary Nichols (42-43) was found murdered on 31 August. This was followed eight …

Lifestyle Travel

High Tea at Sally Lunn’s

If there’s somewhere you must visit in Bath, it’s Sally Lunn’s. The oldest building in Bath dating back to 1482, Sally Lunn’s serves its famous Sally Lunn buns, a large brioche-like bread. According to legend, the namesake of this eatery was a French Huguenot refugee named Solange Luyon who came to Bath in 1680. She …

London

Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade

Every June, The Queen’s official birthday is celebrated through Trooping the Colour (TTC). This year’s Trooping the Colour falls on Saturday, 9 June 2018 and will be trooped by the Colour of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Founded in 1650, the Coldstream Guards are the ones with red plumes on the right of the bearskin. My friends …

Travel

Anne Boleyn’s Hever Castle

Today, 19 May, marks 482 years since Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded at Tower Green (at the Tower of London) around noon. As today also marks the day of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this post is being scheduled before the wedding ceremony takes place at …

Travel

Castles along the Rhein

If you ever find yourself on a Rhein (Rhine) River cruise in the Middle Rhine, you’ll spot plenty of castles along the way. This post features 11 castles that I spotted during the cruise from Rüdesheim am Rhein to St. Goarshausen, as well as four castles on the same route that I missed. Burg Klopp …

Travel

Whitstable Castle

When a trip to Leeds Castle failed, my friend and I ended up visiting Whitstable in Kent which, conveniently, had its own castle! Whitstable Castle began as Tankerton Towers, the private residence for the Pearson family in the 1790’s. The tower was built in 1790, perhaps as an addition to a farmhouse. The farmhouse was …

Travel

Maritime Museum in Hamburg

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend the last day of their tour (Friday, 21 July 2017) in Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany. Their first stop in the morning will be the Maritime Museum (the museum will be closed to the public until 2pm. The entrance fee that day will be €6). At …

Travel

The Jewish Museum in Berlin

On Wednesday, 19 July 2017, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will begin their visit to Germany, arriving in Berlin first. One of the places they will visit is the Holocaust Memorial (officially: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) which is near the Brandenburg Gate. As I have not visited the memorial (strangely, my friends …

London

Kew Palace & Gardens

One of the perfect Historic Royal Palaces (HRPs) to visit during Spring is Kew Palace within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is open from 1 April to 1 October every year so be sure to visit soon whilst the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining! The UNESCO World Heritage site covers 326 acres …

London

Severndroog Castle

Once upon a time, a widow built a castle in memory of her husband. Lady Anne James had a Gothic-style castle built in 1784 named after Severndroog or Suvarnadurg, the island fortress in India, where her late husband, Sir William James, had defeated ‘pirates’ in 1755. The reason for the attack was to stop Tulaji Angre …

Munich

Castle du jour: Schloss Blutenburg

Just west of Munich (around 14 min by car from Nymphenburg Palace) is a medieval moated castle that was once the country residence of Duke Albrecht III of Bavaria (and his son, Duke Sigismund). Blutenburg Castle was built in the 1430’s as a hunting lodge and replaced a previous castle from the 13th Century. The castle is fortified with three towers and a gate …