A weekend trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum

A weekend trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum

After years of thinking about it, we arranged a weekend trip to Pompeii in autumn this year.    Flights to Naples are frequent, accommodation is plentiful and the crowds are fewer – plus it's cooler! Trains depart Naples (on the Circumvesuviana line) to Pompeii (alight at Pompeii Scavi-Villa dei Misteri station) and three stops after [...]

The must-see exhibits at the British Museum (part 2)

The must-see exhibits at the British Museum (part 2)

Welcome to part two of the ‘Must-see exhibits at the British Museum'!    Part one was published in Americans in Town on 1 November 2018 and explored the ground floor galleries.    Part two starts in Room 61 and will work clockwise around the entire first floor. Room 61   Here we find artefacts from [...]

The must-see exhibits at the British Museum (Part 1)

The must-see exhibits at the British Museum (Part 1)

In Bloomsbury, London is the world’s finest collection of historical artefacts under one roof - and even the roof is a world-class masterpiece!    This article will highlight the must-see exhibits at the British Museum.    If you only have time to visit one museum or gallery, you need look no further! The British Museum [...]

The site of London’s Roman Forum!

The site of London’s Roman Forum!

Discover the site of London's Roman Forum - and the secrets of the Victorian Leadenhall Market today!   Designed and created by Sir Horace Jones in 1881, Leadenhall Market is one of the three markets he built for the City of London.  It was built on the site of the Roman Basilica and Forum (some ruins [...]

Where the Normans landed in 1066!

Where the Normans landed in 1066!

In September 1066, Duke William II of Normandy landed a French force at Pevensey, intent on taking the English throne from King Harold II.  Two weeks later, the English forces were defeated at the Battle of Hastings.  And in December 1066, William II was crowned in Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day - so called William [...]

A Roman god returns, courtesy of Bloomberg!

A Roman god returns, courtesy of Bloomberg!

Back from a visit to the reconstructed 'Temple of Mithras' in London - an original Roman temple from around 250 AD!  A blow away experience of sound, light and atmospheric effects.  Followers believed the god was responsible for the cosmos and male fertility - so a pretty important deity in Roman times!  Also on display [...]

The baptism of William Penn and marriage of John Quincy Adams

The baptism of William Penn and marriage of John Quincy Adams

You cannot fail to be enthralled by All Hallows by the Tower. It is the oldest church in the City of London! It was founded by the Abbey of Barking in 675 AD – yes that’s 300 years before the Tower of London was built! It’s a fabulous church to participate in a traditional English [...]

Christmas at Leadenhall Market

Christmas at Leadenhall Market

Don't miss seeing the Lord Mayor of the City of London fire up the Christmas lights for 2018 on Friday 16th November at 6 pm.     This year, Christmas at Leadenhall market is done to live choral music.     There will be plenty of music and entertainment from 5pm to 9pm.   Leadenhall Market is a restored [...]