London — A Writer’s Journey

In 2008, my family took a must-see trip to London to see the King Tut exhibit.  The tour hit American cities, sure–some not so far from our home even–but we all agreed we wanted to see Tut in London. In England’s capital city we could hit the British Museum in the same week and see the Rosetta Stone on exhibit there (if you’re tall enough to see over everyone’s heads–it’s really popular). We made a list of all the great historical sites, Tower of London, Harrods, Victoria and Albert Museum, Greenwich, Kew Gardens, Stonehenge–you name it. So we saved as a family to pay for the trip, watched every episode on London that Rick Steves and Samantha Brown ever shot, and made our plans. We ultimately kept our touring to the city of London proper–except for the Tut show, since it was in the Docklands area near Greenwich. Since we Read more…

Tower of London Tour

It’s Halloween week, so talking about places that have a bloody history goes hand-in-hand with the calendar right now. When the place in question is also one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited, and that the history of the locale extends far past the gorier events, well, that’s just the Cracker Jack prize to it all. One of the best things about being a writer is that every trip, trap, or researching technique in my life can color my writing in a positive way. Another good thing about doing that kind of all-encompassing life experience is I know a little bit about a lot of things, so when I hear about a terrific documentary on television, I have a pretty good idea if I’m interested. Case in point is the PBS documentary on the Tower of London that first aired earlier this week. Because of the joys of digital Read more…