Built on Roman foundations.
Many years ago, the Emperor Claudius led an army and invaded a small but wealthy Island in the distant west of the known world.
A week or so ago, The Lady Punkie and I got on the Divi and had a ride over to the City of Colchester.
Dating back to pre Roman days, the Castle, the largest keep in Britain is built on the foundation vaults of the Roman temple of Claudius.
The Temple was the final refuge of the Roman inhabitants when the Iceni Tribe rose against them and destroyed the city.
Now its a museum, housing the history of Colchester from its early days, through the Civil war to today.
Then we rode onto Wivenhoe, a town dating back like many in the area to Saxon days, sitting on the banks of the river Colne, it was for many years a major port, even in the 1980s being used to help break the Miners strike as it was used to import coal.
Now a sleepy little riverside town, the river frontage is well worth a visit.
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When my father was 12 years old, in 1910, he quit school and went to work to support his parents. He worked in a resturant in Menard, out in the Texas Hill Country. Fresh raw oysters packed in ice would be brought up by wagon from the Gulf. If any were left over at the end of the day, my father and the other resturant workers got to eat them.
When I lived in New Orleans, I had raw oysters fairly regularly, but I have not had any since.
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