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


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 […]