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World War 1: The 9th Reserve in Bramshott (Part 7)

This is the seventh post in a series about a group of World War 1 soldiers from Mill Village, Nova Scotia who all enlisted for the 209th Battalion in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. For full context and more information about the… Continue Reading →

World War 1: The 9th Battalion in Shorncliffe (Part 6)

This is the sixth post in a series about a group of World War 1 soldiers from Mill Village, Nova Scotia who all enlisted for the 209th Battalion in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. For full context and more information about the… Continue Reading →

Caffe Vergnano

We had the pleasure of experiencing Caffé Vergnano… twice. The first experience came with our desire for really good coffee… and to feel like we were truly in Europe. The second experience was to appease our need for the really… Continue Reading →

St. James Park

Our hotel was close to St. James’s Park (not to be confused with St. James’ Park). We found it to be a nice, interesting, convenient place to relax/snooze in the sun for the few afternoons we were in London. I… Continue Reading →

Hummingbird Bakery

This cute little bakery has slipped past me on many occasions — both in person and online. However, on this journey we made a point of stopping by their Portobello location for a mouthwatering treat. The extremely tiny Portobello shop… Continue Reading →

Portobello Road, Revisited

Those who know me know that I love to head over to the Saturday Portobello Market whenever I’m in London. However, this particular trip to the market wasn’t for socks, trinkets, collectables, vintage clothing, or scarves. This round of market… Continue Reading →

Tandoori Raj, Holborn

We were starving. We’d been in London less than 8-hours and had spent a lot of that time on the Tube trying to get oriented. By the time we arrived in Holborn, we were getting I’m dying messages from both… Continue Reading →

Westminster Bridge and It’s Views

As we walked across the Westminster Bridge in an attempt to get to our hotel, we had to weave and wend our way through thick crowds of photographers, oglers, knick-knack sellers, and buskers — some playing the bag pipes. It… Continue Reading →

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Cambridge University is not a university per se (as we in Canada understand a university to be). But rather it is a loose collection of independent colleges, each with its own history, regulations, finances, and governing practices. The official term… Continue Reading →

Maternal Affection, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Photography in the Fitzwilliam is prohibited everywhere except in the main hall. This was a bummer until I discovered that one of my favourite statues is in the main hall: Maternal Affection by Edward Hodges Baily. The statue is white… Continue Reading →

The Anchor Pub

Before it’s days as a popular tourist destination, the Anchor was a haven for musicians. Open mike night often attracted a variety of musical types from a variety of different genres. Ironically, as I sit in a cafe writing this… Continue Reading →

The Pickerel Inn, Cambridge

This little unassuming pub (painted blue), pitched as the oldest pub in Cambridge, has been “serving” patrons for over 600 years; but, not always beer. In it’s long history it’s been both brothel and an opium den. Not surprisingly the… Continue Reading →

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