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Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

We followed the advice of our friend (and Erik’s college Latin teacher) Timothy, who recommended Housesteads Roman Fort, as the most complete remains of a Roman fort along Hadrian’s Wall. The section of the wall here is in fine shape, and you can walk alongside it for miles if you wish. We did not do so, but explored the remains of the fort, which consists of the bases of the old buildings (barracks, guardhouses, supply rooms, cisterns, and latrines) and a wall of the fort. Several locals were there for their daily walks with their dogs, very used to the presence of the ancient site.

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England: The North West • Southern Scotland

Then we drove up alongside the Lakes District, with wonderful views of endless fields dotted with sheep, surrounded by miles and miles of perfectly straight stone walls. Occasional stone houses both modest and grand appeared at intervals, with no fanfare: most were probably at least a couple of centuries old, but that’s no big deal here, of course. Late in the evening, we arrived at our next Aibnb, just south of Edinburgh, with a hostess who’s very active in her local community theater, and we stayed up too late talking about theater, American pop music, and various other things.

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