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Roy Stevenson

Roy Stevenson is a professional freelance travel writer and photographer based in Seattle, Washington. Roy has lived in Belgium and visits Europe annually on multiple assignments. For samples of his travel articles, please go to www.Roy-Stevenson.com

Where The Canterbury Tales Come to Life

  After London, the small historical town of Canterbury may well be England’s best town for Renaissance fans to see glimpses of this, and earlier periods of history. Walking through the gates of the ancient Roman and medieval stone walls that still surround the city, immediatly takes you back to medieval times. It is here, along Canterbury’s …

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The Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium: A Perfectly Preserved Town Square

Europe has many elaborately crafted medieval town squares, but none is as ornate or theatrical as the Grand Place in Brussels. The stunning 17th century neo-classical Flemish façades of the superbly restored guild houses on this cobblestone square tell about its days of glory when Brussels was one of Europe’s main centers of industry. After …

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A Tour of Battle Abbey and Battlefield Hastings

  Looking out over a green expanse of gently rolling farmland, dotted with piles of newly mowed hay, it’s hard to believe that the most famous battle in English history was fought here. I’m standing on a wide, brown gravel pathway, with towering ruins of an old stone Abbey behind me, trying to picture this …

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Returning to Tudor Times at Kentwell Hall and Gardens, Long Melford, Suffolk

Kentwell Hall is not a “stately home”. But this large red brick manor, about 60 miles northeast of London, near the small Suffolk village of Long Melford, is one of the most interesting old English Tudor manors you’ll ever find. With unique Tudor architecture that, over the centuries has incorporated Gothic and Georgian classical influences, …

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A Visit to Medieval Lincoln, England

  England has many towns that boast of medieval architecture and heritage, but few are as well preserved as Lincoln’s Castle Square, in the northern county of Lincolnshire. On one side of Castle Square, Lincoln Castle’s formidable honey colored, turreted stone walls disappear into the distance along the hillside like a long, scaled dragon. I …

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Glastonbury: England’s Most Popular Metaphysical Tourist Attraction

  Tucked away amidst the rolling green hills of Southwest England’s Somerset County, the small mystical town of Glastonbury has more myth and legend attached to it than any other place in England—including Stonehenge. Shrouded in Arthurian myth and rich in mysterious associations, there are early claims that St. Joseph of Arimathea visited Glastonbury in …

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Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

Few places in Scotland encapsulate the country’s history, culture, heritage and architecture like Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Stretching gently down from Edinburgh Castle, curled up like a gigantic stone sleeping dragon at the top end, to the majestic Baroque Palace of Holyroodhouse at its lower end, the Royal Mile is an esplanade to be savoured with …

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