Category Archives: History

Billy Visits Scotland – St. Andrews Cathedral

This chapter in Billy’s travel journal was one that I enjoyed but he did not like it much. He enjoyed the view walking towards St. Andrews but once we entered, he was disappointed that it wasn’t another castle where he … Continue reading

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Billy Visits Scotland – Dunnottar Castle

This was one of those “the best laid plans of mice and coos oft times go astray” moments with visiting this castle. We had a lovely breakfast at our BnB with the plans for the day being to visit Dunnottar … Continue reading

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St. Charles Christmas Traditions Part 6: More from the Parade

In the parade there were characters from storybooks such as these ghostly and grumpy fellows from Dickens A Christmas Carol… The Sugarplum Fairy and a toy soldier from the Nutcracker Suite.. And of course characters that represented their respective countries/cultural … Continue reading

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St. Charles Christmas Traditions Part 5: Singing and Dancing

The parade began with local schools/groups singing Christmas carols but what I really enjoyed were the marchers in period wear dancing and singing. I wonder if during Dickens time did this ever occur or is that strictly just in the … Continue reading

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St. Charles Christmas Traditions Part 3 – The Architecture

Main Street in downtown historic St. Charles is a brick road but what about the buildings? Well, they’re brick too… as well as stone and wood with some of them dating back to the 1800’s. Quite a few of them … Continue reading

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Historic Downtown St. Charles and Christmas Traditions Part 1

St. Charles was Missouri’s first state capitol between 1821 and 1826, while a permanent capitol city was in the planning and development stages in Jefferson City. It was founded as Les Petites Cotes (The Little Hills) by French Canadian fur … Continue reading

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Animals at the Renaissance Festival

You didn’t think the festival was only about people coming to eat, drink and be merry (along with dressing for the occasion) did you? Verily I say unto thee that the festival is more than that. There are also shows … Continue reading

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Getting ready to take on the new week

Actually, while it feels like I may be going into battle with some things I have to attend to this week, this barbarian was getting suited up to do actual battle against his fellow barbarians in the ring at the … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – Scotland

The last time we traveled out of the country we went to Scotland and it was a most wonderful driving through the highlands trip. I was going through my files to move some of them to a new external hard … Continue reading

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Keep on truckin’

There weren’t just cars at the auto show, there were plenty of cool trucks as well. And I learned a new auto word for trucks, step side. What is a step side truck? A step side pickup truck features a … Continue reading

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