What I Learned about Myself Spending 5 Hours in Morocco

(note, I first published this on my personal blog, over here, in which I am writing about my life in Spain, and all the whimsical things I’m into. History is only one of the many things about which I am passionate, and I don’t want to clog up this blog…

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Nerja Caves Should be on any Andalusian Itinerary

Today we drove two hours to Nerja, a sleepy town about 40 minutes north of Malaga.  Under ordinary circumstances, I wouldn’t think about going there.  They have a pretty cool bridge, but it doesn’t have much on the bridge in Ronda, close to where I live, so it wouldn’t appeal…

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Teba: A Spanish Castle with a Scottish History

A crumbling castle in rural Andalusia with a Scottish history?  And you can go wander around for free, and it only costs like €2 to get in to the building itself?  Say what? Yep, that’s the Castle of the Stars at Teba. Teba itself is a pueblo blanco (white village –…

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A Week in London at Christmas with a Toddler

So I’ve been negligent in posting lately (I’m getting back on top of that – thanks for sticking with me).  I got back from a week in London with a 2 year old, which is no small feat, let me tell you.  And on top of it all, the first…

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7 Reasons to Visit Ely

Many people who are doing the tourist circuit of England hit Cambridge, but most will leave without journeying the 17 or so miles to visit the hidden gem that is Ely, just to the North.  It’s one stop I demanded be included on our Spring Cathedrals and Choirs tour for…

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The History Reading Room: Gladiators, Nordic Scotland, and Champing

A roundup of my favorite history-related stories I’ve clipped recently! Gladiators: Live Fast Die Young From BBC History Magazine’s HistoryExtra blog: http://www.historyextra.com/article/feature/gladiators-facts-ancient-rome Everybody has ideas about Roman gladiators.  They’re a mainstay in movies, and we all have an impression of what it would be like to have to go into a…

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Writing about Writing: A newbie’s lessons from the Frankfurt Book Fair

A diversion from history for a moment: I’m in Frankfurt right now for the Frankfurt Book Fair, which is the world’s largest publishing trade show with 300,000 people in attendance.  This is my first time at the fair.  I’m incredibly fortunate in that my location right now – Spain –…

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5 Reasons Cirencester is a Hidden Magical Gem (aka History Travel Tuesday)

There are a handful of cities in Europe that were once major epicenters of the universe, but are now snoozy little hamlets who betray nothing of their illustrious pasts.  Cordoba comes to mind.  The place was once pretty much the center of the universe, and the most populous city in…

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Ronda Explorations: Arab Baths and Roman Ruins

I posted last week about the history of Ronda, the town where I’m living right now, and how its history spans pre-Roman Celtic times, through Christians, Moors, and back to Catholic with the Reconquista.  Over the weekend I dove deeper into two of the epochs, Roman and Muslim.  After spending…

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Ronda: How one city is Celtic, Roman, Moorish and Christian all at the same time

Ronda is the closest big town to where we live, it’s where our Spanish school is located, and where we do most of our shopping (when we don’t want to make the drive to Little England aka Gibraltar).  It’s jam packed with history, and the architecture is a constant reminder that…

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