Weser Renaissance architecture in Hameln

The town of Hameln in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) is a jewel of so-called “Weser Renaissance” architecture. The city’s streets are lined with fantastic half-timbered and stone houses, most dating from the late 1400s and early 1500s. Some photographs showing these treasures can be appreciated here. We stopped for a night on July 31 on our […]

Tower of London Residents

Ravens have been welcome guests (and, indeed protected) at the Tower of London for centuries. Legend has it that if the ravens were to ever leave the Tower, the kingdom and the fortress would fall. Current-day resident ravens are cared for by their very own Ravenmaster. They’re fed a combination of raw meat and bird […]

Between East and West

Pictured here is one of my recent guests, straddling the Greenwich Meridian in Greenwich, England (at 0 degrees longitude and 180 degrees latitude) The Greenwich Meridian (Prime Meridian) marks the starting point of every time zone in the world. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is at the center of the time zone map. GMT sets current […]

Best Fish & Chips in London – Twice

We loved Masters Superfish so much that we ate lunch there twice. The fish is superior and fresh. While the place has zero curb appeal and is plain inside, the obvious investment is in the quality of the food. It was one of Margaret’s main goals – have fish and chips in London. The driver […]

Good Morning Mr. Beefeater

T Margaret Reisinger passes a Beefeater on the grounds of the Tower of London. There are 12 such guards within the Tower. Historically, they looked after prisoners. The name “Beefeater” comes from the fact that up until about 100 years ago, they were paid part of their salary in beef. With the economy of the […]


We started our London visit with an open-top bus ride around the city on one of those red hop on, hop off tours. The tour is narrated in English and it’s actually a pretty neat way to see the bustling city, riding high up above the traffic. The weather cooperated and we had gorgeous conditions […]