Travel & Research

April Fool’s Day: Toilets Through Time

Dry Sink

It’s April Fool’s Day, so please excuse me for the indelicate topic. But we historical writers can find a “treasure chest” of information in the most unusual places.

Quick…try to name as many different ways of saying toilet as you can.

The privy. The necessary. Outhouse. The john. The crapper. The honey shack. The loo. The W.C. (water closet). Washroom. Restroom. Powder Room. The throne. The big white bowl. The Ladies’ Room. The Men’s Room. The Family Room. Bathroom. Lavatory. That still leaves out the coarser words…

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The Two Most Romantic Places

VeniceDo you believe in love at first sight? I do. In my case, it’s with a city.

What could be more romantic than witnessing the most famous train in the world, the Orient Express, pulling up on the platform in the most romantic city in the world, Venice?  Many moons ago, when my husband was just my boyfriend and we were backpacking across Europe, I was struck by the adventure of the moment when we disembarked from our own grimy train, to be standing next to those posh and elegant coaches. At the time, Continue reading