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The End of the East Chicago Lead Contamination Problem

Lead was found in the soil under the homes of a housing development and a school which had been built on the footprint of a lead factory. The EPA report came out in the summer of 2016. The lead count was so high that the mayor determined that the houses needed to be razed and sent... Read more »

The British Museum

Our first stop with the whole family was the British Museum. I had no recollection of having been there at any of my previous trips. This was at the top of Michelle’s list. As an historian, she wanted to see what they had and how they discussed it. We walked through the door into a... Read more »

London Sightseeing: Hop-Off Bus, TS. Elliot's Church

This was the day we had planned to take an on/off bus tour to see London. The location to get on at the beginning of the tour  took us around Buckingham Palace. We found the place, hopped on the bus and  were on our way to get a birds’ eye view of the city. I’d learned that... Read more »
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London sightseeing: Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park Speakers Corner, Parakeet Tree

The grandkids  and their parents left our London flat for their trip to the Lake Country and their Quaker hotel by 9:00 a,m. and Erin and I were on our own. A place not far from us that we passed on the way to the grocery store had had a sign in the window advertising Sunday English... Read more »

Victoria and Albert Museum

We were off to the Victoria and Albert Museum. https://www.vam.ac.uk/  I did not remember having visited it during any of my previous visits to London and I was looking forward to it. I had not read up on it beforehand so I was not prepared for what it was. Which is a museum of “decorative... Read more »

Arriving at our Flat in Kensington, London

Our Flat: A Review The flat was perfect for me. It was on the 3rd and 4th floors of the house in Kensington. The large living room included a television that we were able to access with no difficulty and a sleeping sofa that the two kids fit on easily and deemed comfortable, The kitchen had all... Read more »
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The Prince of Wales Pub and Pub Chains

Unpacked and jet lagged but anxious to start out and ready for lunch, the family, my colleague and I walked the three blocks to the Prince of Wales  for our first London pub experience.http://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pub/prince-of-wales-kensington/c1198/    I had fish and chips with hard cider .I prefer dark beers but one stout or a Guinness and I’m ready for a... Read more »

Kensington Palace and Princess Diana

We began the morning with a stroll to Kensington Palace, just about around the corner from us. https://www.hrp.org.uk/media/1227/kphistory_v1.pdf .     There were no tours but sufficient information posted around the rooms to provide a good idea of the objects within. The Palace had basically been turned into a museum. The first royals to live in the Palace were... Read more »

Settling into our Flat in London

We unpacked and set out to buy our groceries, a cake and some wine. There was no map or directions for getting to the grocery, Boots or the bakery that I had requested. Luckily I had detained the Meeter/Greeter long enough to get a brief set of directions. We found our way. What she had... Read more »
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Thursday July 26-Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Thai Pub

Erin departed. Early. United airlines had sent a message warning that, because the new Trump regulations were going in this week, we should allow extra time. We had also been warned about London’s early morning traffic. So the car that the apartment manager had gotten for her picked her up at 6:30 am for a... Read more »
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    " I am an American," but not "Chicago born" like Augie March. Only Chicago aged. I'd like to think that if Henry Louis Gates were to investigate my geneology, he would discover in my past three women who traveled around the globe, chronicling their adventures. Sarah Kemble Knight traveled 112 miles by carriage from Boston to New York in 1704, a journey most women did not embark on alone (and men did so only with some trepidation). In fact, women were only just beginning to exercise their independence in the 1920's when Emily Kimbrough took off with her friend, Cornelia Otis Skinner, to explore Europe. But it is Auntie Mame, transforming herself from a New Yorker to the wife of an Austrian Baron and climbing the Matterhorn, whose mantra I have adopted. "LIFE IS A BANQUET...LIVE!" I began travelling in the 1960's when I traveled around western Europe between graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and my first job as a statehouse correspondent for UPI (United Press International) in Charleston, West Virginia, which was about as foreign a place as Europe was to someone who grew up in the environs of Philadelphia. Since then, I've also traveled to Kaunas, Lithuania, to teach at Vytautus Magnus University and to Sheffield, England, to present a paper at an engineering conference. I've been to the Alps and seen Auntie Mame's Matterhorn while climbing, by a series of cable cars rather than by foot, toward the peak of Mont Blanc. For 10 years my husband and I traveled to unique places: a sheep farm during lambing season in England's Lake Country, a hotel on one of the Barromeo Islands in the middle of Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy, and a cottage in Dun Quin on the Dingle Peninsula which the Irish claim is the last parish before Boston. Between excursions, I'm a professor in the Department of English at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana,. My husband passed away recently and, Auntie Mame-style, I am in the process of transforming myself. I've joined a tour to Central Asia and traveled to China to work with the pandas. Two years ago, I returned to Europe--Inreland, England, and France--to present a paper at a Conference and then visit friends. It's 2017 now and London once again draws me in. This time I'm fulfilling my dream of taking my grandchildren to Europe. I've rented a flat near Hyde Park and ordered London passes for everyone. A new adventure. Old friends. Another banquet.

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