Tag: Roman

February 14, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Galway oysters A fixture on any Valentine’s Day menu: oysters. Savoured in Britain since Roman times.  Protein & mineral-rich, oysters were plentiful until 1800s over-fishing & polluted waters depleted stocks.  Since 1954, the world’s longest-running Oyster Festival in Galway, Ireland is on the last weekend in Sep.  From “poor man’s food” to luxury prices –…

December 20, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Bauble Roman tradition to hang fruit on trees led to Christmas baubles.  Apples, candy canes & pastry stars, hearts & flowers decorated trees until glass baubles were invented in mid-16th c. in Lauscha, Germany.  Queen Victoria’s tree, hung with baubles from her husband’s native Germany, appeared in a London newspaper & set off a trend.  FW…

July 26, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Rivers Settlements have risen by rivers from earliest times.  In 50 AD, the Romans built Londinium near Walbrook, where the Thames was still tidal.  By the 18th c, their wharves & 1st London Bridge enabled trade within Britain & around the globe, & made London the world’s busiest port.  The river’s economic, leisure & inspiration…