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Fallingwater, Pennsylvania

In 1934, when Edgar Kauffman Sr., a Pittsburgh department store owner, turned to Frank Lloyd Wright to design a weekend house in the country, it was to cost $35,000. At the time, Frank Lloyd Wright was 67 years old and a world famous architect, but thanks to the...

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC

The genesis of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC - if that is the right word to use here - is 1847 when Pope Pius IX named the Virgin Mary as patroness of the United States, under her title of Immaculate Conception. In...

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Why a child in rural Perthshire should know the song “John Brown’s body lies a mouldering in the grave” is a mystery, but this civil war song was quite known to me, although at the time I had no idea who John Brown was. I thought of this when I went to Harpers Ferry...

Lincoln’s Cottage

In the spirit of continuing to discover Washington, we visited Lincoln’s Cottage which is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the Upper North-west quadrant of the city. Lincoln was not the only president to stay here in the summer months, but...
Fallingwater, Pennsylvania

Fallingwater, Pennsylvania

In 1934, when Edgar Kauffman Sr., a Pittsburgh department store owner, turned to Frank Lloyd Wright to design a weekend house in the country, it was to cost $35,000. At the time, Frank Lloyd Wright was 67 years old and a world famous architect, but thanks to the...

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Why a child in rural Perthshire should know the song “John Brown’s body lies a mouldering in the grave” is a mystery, but this civil war song was quite known to me, although at the time I had no idea who John Brown was. I thought of this when I went to Harpers Ferry...

Lincoln’s Cottage

Lincoln’s Cottage

In the spirit of continuing to discover Washington, we visited Lincoln’s Cottage which is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the Upper North-west quadrant of the city. Lincoln was not the only president to stay here in the summer months, but...

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Last weekend, we set out for Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, which is located in the district close to the border with Maryland. I doubt we’d have heard of it if we hadn’t received a little book called Secret Washington DC, as a gift. And it is a secret, because...

Richmond & Appomattox

Richmond & Appomattox

Richmond, VA The day dawned suffocatingly hot and humid again. The intent had been to wander round Belle Isle and the James River Park Pipeline Walkway, but after wandering round Belle Isle for a bit I was already undone and had to take a break and sit on the rocks...

NC500: Dornoch to Inverness

NC500: Dornoch to Inverness

As you drive south on the A99 from Latheron, lush green pastureland extends to the edge of craggy cliffs that drop sharply into the sea. By the time you get to Brora and Dornoch, the cliffs have given way to great curves of sandy beaches. Along this stretch of...

NC500; Headland of the Cats

NC500; Headland of the Cats

The trees around Forss house are speckled with crows' nests and as we set off down the gravel path towards the car, we noted the sociable and very smart birds cawing and wheeling above the trees. Seconds later things of a more uncharitable nature were observed about...

NC500; Durness to Forss House

NC500; Durness to Forss House

In the Highlands and Islands, unpronounceable place names of many consonants are usually Gaelic. Other names reflect the Viking heritage of the region, not least the county of Sutherland itself which just means 'southland' in Old Norse. Other names are Pictish which...