Firth of Forth Bridge, Scotland

The Nineteenth Century, in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, created some of the most iconic and innovative bridges of Western Civilization. While St. Louis pioneered the use of structural steel tubing in the construction of the Eads Bridge, in Scotland, two other engineers and architects, Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, utilized the…

Old Calton Burial Ground, Edinburgh, Scotland

I was told I should visit more European cemeteries, so when I had a chance two weeks ago in Edinburgh, I took it. The mausolea in Edinburgh are fascinating; they do not have roofs like in America, and the graves then are on the ground inside. Take, for example, the famous philosopher David Hume’s mausoleum…

Edinburgh, Scotland

I was in Edinburgh, Scotland, for business a couple of weekends ago, and I was impressed with the urban density of the central city. They are in the process of installing a streetcar system, so many of the major streets in the downtown are torn up. One thing that St. Louis definitely does better is…