Most English speaking people call the French national holiday of 14 July ‘Bastille Day’ – supposedly after the storming of the Bastille in 1789. For the French, however, the national holiday is known as the Fête nationale. July 14 commemorates the Fête de la Fédération of 14 July 1790 – which was then a celebration […]
Sandwiched in between the departing Romans in 410 AD and the arrival of the Normans in 1066 AD, the Anglo-Saxons, Germanic peoples from northern Europe, did much to shape contemporary England. A number of attractions relating to this period bear testimony to the significant changes that took place during these 500 or so years – […]
As if there are not already enough things to do and see in Rome, yesterday (Monday 9 June) another Roman period site re-opened its doors to the public. Having been closed for the last 20 years, and after a substantial restoration project, visitors to Rome can add the ‘Mausoleum of Romulus’. Situated on the Via […]
The American southwest is known for its dramatic landscapes, with spectacular archaeology to match. Ancient pueblos of stone and adobe mud can be found throughout the area, often in quite picturesque settings. The greatest concentration of pueblos, however, can be found in Chaco Canyon, an area now designated Chaco Culture National Historical Park in north-western […]
There are a few websites that focus solely on producing top ten lists – of almost anything and everything under the sun. So it is perhaps not that surprising then that travel writers are also fond of coming up with their top ten lists of destinations and attractions. At the beginning of this year CNN […]
The June 2014 wallpaper for desktops, laptops and mobile devices is the outer wall of the first pylon of the mortuary temple of the Ramses III in Luxor, Egypt.
The spectacular volcanic island of Milos: great landscapes, millions of obsidian stone artefacts, early Christian catacombs and a trip around the island on a catamaran … a great day in the Cyclades!
Walking between the Abbaye aux Hommes and the Abbey aux Dames I passed through Place Saint-Sauveur. Not only is this square one of the oldest public spaces in Caen, it is also a fine example of urban classicism. Fortunately it was not heavily destroyed during World War II. Besides the striking architecture in the area, […]
Athens has some spectacular archaeological sites and museums, right in the heart of the city. All of these charge an entry fee, but a ticket to the Acropolis, which currently costs a meagre 12 Euros (2014), also gives free access to six other must see archaeological sites in Athens. Read on for more details and […]
Today is 1st May – my last day in Athens. As my flight departs late this evening, I had kept this day aside to visit the many wonderful museums in Athens. Due to strikes, however, the museums and archaeological sites are closed for the day. So, instead I am thinking about the last fourteen days […]