Not to be confused with the street of the same name in San Francisco, Lombard Street in London is located in the financial heart of the City.
In the late 1200s, Jewish money lenders were expelled from London and England. Venetians and Lombardn people took their place, in addition to making loans they brought to England a new way of keeping accounts, the double writing invented by a monk in Italy.
Once the first London stock exchange opened, other banks were able to make loans with less interest and our Lombard and Venetian friends found themselves unemployed.
At the end of the 15th century, Lloyd’s (the insurance company) opened its headquarters on Lombard Street in London and from that moment many other banks moved in this street.
The medieval signs of banks and shops were banned from this street by King Charles II because they were considered dangerous, but were again exhibited on the occasion of the coronation of King Edward VII.
Now there are only offices and banks but once there were also houses, for example Maria Beadnell with whom Dickens was madly in love lived here, the poet Alexander Pope was born and lived in Lombard Street in London.
Until 1938 there was also one of the many churches built by Christopher Wren which was unfortunately demolished because it was built on land that was worth too much. Now in its place you will find Barclays’ headquarters.
Stowe House a large building from the 17th century
Stowe House, an old country house is located near the abandoned village of Stowe in Buckinghamshire. It is now a private school, but is open to the public during the school holidays along with the magnificent gardens and park.
The house was built in the late 17th century with the help of the great architect Christopher Wren who seems to have participated in the construction of most of the buildings in the second half of the 1600s. The palace was later modified,perhaps during the 1700s although the latest changes they were made in 1779. All the famous architects of the time such as John Nash, James Gibbs and Robert Adam worked to improve the building.
The palace belonged to members of the Temple family who made money and became members of the small aristocracy thanks to the sheep and wool trade. They bought the house and land here at the end of the 1500s but only a century later they decided to rebuild a home.
The Temple family produced several counts, viscounts and barons and their humble abode became a reference point for the nobility of half of Europe. The parties in this house were famous because they could last for days and days.
Now even if you manage to visit the villa, you will only see a limited number of rooms but it is worth going there only for the magnificent gardens which are managed by the National Trust, also during the course of the year there are always seasonal or artistic events. The gardens have several structures and statues and will keep you busy for a whole day.
Herm Island – a little hidden paradise
Years ago I was introduced to Herm island by my dad. He loved Islands and discovering new places. He would investigate and learn all about strange places and make it his mission to visit them.
Herm is a tiny little Island with no cars motorbikes or roads to worry about, located in the Channel Islands it is only 3 miles from Guernsey. Perfect as a place to relax and forget the hustle and bustle of modern life. The fabulous unspoilt beaches and quiet sandy paths that wind around the whole island are a wonderful way to spend magical hours in splendid isolation.
Shell beach was one of most amazing natural places I have ever experienced. The whole beach stretches for miles and is unlike anything else I have ever seen. Made up entirely of millions of minute, perfect, and wonderful , exquisite shells rather than sand that explains the name.
Belvoir bay is a wonderful little cove for bathing and it feels like you have discovered it all for yourself especially if you stay on the island and can enjoy it after the day trippers have left in the afternoon. A puffin-breeding colony is also located on the far end of the island,the comical little birds are fabulous to watch.
Staying on Herm Island
There is only one hotel on Herm Island and it is pure quality, The White House Hotel is set in stunning gardens and has captivating sea views. There are also a few holiday cottages and a large field equipped with ready set up tents for families so you don’t have to bring all the equipment.
The only way to reach Herm is via boat, either aboard a private yacht or on the passenger ferry. Which takes just 20 mins to reach this paradise island. Boats operate all year round from St. Peter Port with an hourly ferry from May to Sept.
I spent many holidays over the years exploring and falling in love every time with this unique little place which I hope you will discover for yourself one day.
Bridgerton on Netflix thinks that Bath is London
Released on Christmas Day on Netflix, Bridgerton has made headlines online and off-line.
The series is an adaptation of Julia Quinn’s series of romance novels set in the Regency Period. It may please some, but not everyone is convinced above all by the fact that it is not very accurate historically.
The thing that amazed and shocked many however is having used the Royal Crescent in Bath, one of the most recognizable buildings in this city, for a story set in London.
Wilton House in Wiltshire is used several times, becoming Clyvedon Castle (which does not exist), Hampton Court Palace and the London home of the Duke of Hastings. Wilton House is very popular, in fact it is also seen in the Netflix drama the Crown.
Although many are shocked, remember that it is fiction and does not have to be historically accurate. But just so as not to get too confused, it’s worth remembering that the Royal Crescent is still located in Bath.
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