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12th October 2019

Roots
Tracing the family tree is fun and timely. Glad you have this trip planned. I'm glad Linda has found someone acceptable to stay with Bonnie. That is important. I'm going to add those books to our reading list. Have a great time planning.
13th October 2019

Reading list..
Do you have Scottish ancestors, too?
10th October 2019
Bagpipers at Glen Coe on our second visit to Scotland in 1980

In search of one's roots
Your investigations and determination are impressive as usual Bob, but do not forget to have some downtime and smell the roses to ensure your trip is with the breeze not into a headwind. Enjoy the planning and I look forward to hearing how it goes.
10th October 2019
Bagpipers at Glen Coe on our second visit to Scotland in 1980

Good advice...
does heather have a pleasant scent? As for pace, I will be averaging less than 100 mi/day, with one day only 33 miles. We will also end up in Edinburgh for three days.
9th October 2019

Fellow traveler
I am glad to see that I am not alone in planning and booking trips well in advance. I bought a plane ticket for my April 2020 Philippines/Japan trip back in August. September 2020? That's great! Now you have the whole year to research/plan/anticipate. I'll be particularly interested in hearing about how you find Iona.
9th October 2019

Thorough!
Gee Bob, you really have this planned with detail that I could only dream of. I hope to read more of your travels. I’m a bit disappointed that you only traced Linda’s ancestry to 1580; I can’t go back more than about 5 generations, and have an Irish background. You’ve done well there. It must be hard to visit places you’ve never lived in but it’s a good problem to have. Get out there Bob, have a great journey of discovery, and it’s always better with loved ones.
9th October 2019

Planning a trip is half the fun!
Planning also helps reduce the cost of a trip. However, I always have a Plan B, C, D...
30th June 2019

Pilgrimage and Old England
I love reading your writings on my country, as seen as a tourist. It really is a beautiful country. I very much like your way of doing a pilgrimage also, probably the way I would do it as well. I too believe the horse tried to kiss you, not bite! 😊
18th June 2019
The Old Way

We are hiking for a week this summer
We are actually hiking for a week this summer. We will start in Canterbury and walk towards Rome. We will stop hiking somewhere in northern France. Perhaps we will continue the hike som other year. We are hiking because we enjoy it. /Ake
19th June 2019
The Old Way

Hijing for two weeks...
Sounds like a great plan!
12th June 2019

Fascinating trip
What a fascinating trip Bob. How amazing to visit those places your ancestors lived.
12th June 2019

Pilgrimage
Traveling with goals and purpose can be so rewarding. Loved the hitchhiking story and fireside photos.
12th June 2019

Pilgrimage
Glad you are having a great time. Life is short and you need to explore wonderful places and roots. Fascinating trip.
11th June 2019
Me protesting outside of 10 Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister

Our Bob protesting Brexit in London
What will you be doing next Bob...always an inspiration. I've posted this in "Demonstrations & Protests" thread in the Photography Forum. Check it out. Priceless.
12th June 2019
Me protesting outside of 10 Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister

Photography Forum
This is the first I've heard of it! And me being a Moderator! Thanks.
11th June 2019

Love it
I always look forward to reading your blogs here. You're living a fascinating life. Each time I read one I feel as though I'm experiencing new history in the making.
12th June 2019

History being made...
Thanks for reading and commenting. I also look forward to reading about your latest BMW purchase and tours of Europe!
9th June 2019

Fascinating!
A very interesting read, and well done indeed on having been able to find out so much about your ancestry and ancestors. The parts of Devon you were in seem so English and lovely! It must have been an amazing experience walking the old stomping grounds of your ancestors.
9th June 2019

Fascinating!
I did a lot of research before the trip, and then made the contacts at the various churches, to make this such a fascinating journey of discovery. Thanks for your comment!
3rd June 2019

Digging for the Roots
A fantastic voyage to uncover family roots. It gives a perspective on how far your family has come. When we were in Switzerland we discovered several spellings of Dave's name. As you said things were done differently back in the day. Glad you are watching Downton Abbey... we binge watched that recently. We thought we were the only ones who had not seen it.
2nd June 2019

Fascinating read
What a journey you have had and obviously several mysteries unfloded for you.Are you on Ancestry for your family tree?We visited a small village called KIngswood 3 years ago to trace my English side and got back to around 1600.It was very interesting to see where more recent relatives lived in the mid 1800's as the row of houses are still there and being lived in.My g g grandfather emigrated to New Zealand after marrying in London before they left.He was one of 9 children and the only one to emigrate.The family were weavers and mill workers.Did you uncover any monet stashed away for the first surviving relative to claim?We plan to be back in the UK and Ireland next year for more research centred arounf my Irish and Scottish heritage.
2nd June 2019

Ancestry
Yes, my family tree is on Ancestry.com under the Carlsen name.
2nd June 2019

Thanks so much for sharing. Your journey into your family’s past is most interesting.
2nd June 2019

Godolphin Stables
The name "Godolphin" in your ancestry caught my eye - I've heard of Godolphin Stables, a very successful horse training and breeding facility for thoroughbreds. I don't know if you are related to Sydney Godolphin, appointed Commissioner of the Treasury in 1684. As good as Sydney was with finances, he also fancied horse racing.He is given credit for starting horse breeding in Newmarket Suffolk. Today the Godolphin Stables are owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and is located in Newmarket. There is an interesting history of the stables at https://www.godolphin.com/about-us/the-godolphin-story
2nd June 2019

Godolphin Stables
Sir Sydney Godolphin was the brother in law of my eight times great grandfather. Thanks for the information.

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