I had assumed the Buies were genetically isolated for hundreds of years on the Isle of Jura, Scotland. But Ancestry.com suggests they may have inhabited Jura for only a few generations, from the 1600s to the 1700s, before sailing to America. My DNA analysis suggests Swedes, Vikings, Northern and Southern Europeans, including from the Iberian Peninsula... Continue Reading →
At "Mary's House" in Selçuk, Western Turkey, believed to be the home where the mother of Jesus lived out her last years, I learned that Muslims venerate Mary as a shining example of submitting to the will of God. Visiting the stone building is a humble and humbling experience. (Our photo essay.) Afterwards, we toured... Continue Reading →
At the Brazen Head in Dublin, Ireland's "oldest pub," we spent a wonderful evening listening to music and Irish folk tales, eating good food and learning about the culture and history of the country. Highly recommended. I love Irish music and the exuberant spirit of the Irish.
Tintagel, legendary place where King Arthur was born. Down below is Merlin's cave, with its magic, flat stones. My parents had a few of those stones for years, placed on the coffee table in my parents' living room. At age 14, I spent six weeks based in Exeter, England with my parents and 17 other... Continue Reading →
I'm trying to persuade my son to spend a semester abroad in Ireland. This makes the case. "Poetry reviewer Tess Taylor has just spent the past semester teaching in Belfast, Ireland. She talks about how Seamus Heaney poems and visions of home swirled in her head." https://www.npr.org/player/embed/530929958/530929959
"While much of the UK still struggles after the financial crash, one city is thriving. Money, companies and people are pouring into London like never before. Why is the capital so dominant? Is its success good or bad for Britain? And what should the rest of the country do? Evan Davis explores the story of... Continue Reading →
"The average Englishman, in his home he calls his castle, puts on his national costume - A shabby Raincoat patented by Charles MacIntosh of Glasgow, Scotland. "He drives a car fitted with tires invented by John Boyd Dunlop of Dreghorn, Scotland. "At the office he receives his mail with adhesive stamps which, although they bear... Continue Reading →
My son Matthew Buie-Nervik, his bride and not quite two-year-old son spent two weeks in Europe for the Christmas holidays 2016. "We just returned the tiny Fiat rental car today," he wrote on Dec. 30. "We drove 3108 kilometers (nearly 2000 miles). France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy. A great trip." Photo essays: Paris, France. 2. Video clip... Continue Reading →