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November 4, 2021
Things Come True
As an historian who has worked mostly in the 17th century it is a little unreal to find something you have written about in the daily […]
October 1, 2021
Burkini and the Pop Up Tent
For modest women the world over there is always a problem in going to the beach.  Few beaches now have changing cabins that used to be […]
August 27, 2021
Old British Resorts live again
For someone who is used to working in 17th century materials it comes as a shock when you discover one of the problems regarding writings on […]
July 28, 2021
Bad weather
This summer everyday brings news of bad weather somewhere in the world.  Record temperatures in Seattle and Scotland.  Record rain falls in Germany and England.  A […]
July 14, 2021
Only the French
French aristocrats started going to the beach in the late 18th century.  Most resorts were on the English Channel–Dieppe, Boulogne, Trouville and Deauville–were among the first.  […]
June 21, 2021
Memorable first beach visit
My first trip to the beach was long ago and far away, indeed in an unlikely spot.  I grew up in Scotland where the summers are […]
May 28, 2021
WEST MEETS EAST
America likes to think of itself as a be-coastal country–at least the people on the coasts do.  The implication is that the coasts are the same […]
May 19, 2021
beach photo
I I often get asked how do you do research on Beaches?  Well, this image provides one version.  It is, of course, not really so.  I […]
April 30, 2021
Recent Journey
I know that a site with the title “Lureofthebeach” should only include trips to the beach but having been to Santa Monica a little while ago […]
April 12, 2021
A New Experience
It is a new experience for someone who has spent a career in the 17th Century to write about the future.  In concluding the “Lure of […]
April 7, 2021
Why I wrote this book
I often get asked how is it that someone who devoted their career to Early American History came to write a book about beaches from Rome […]