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Buying Tickets for Font de Gaume Prehistoric Cave

Everyone it seems wants to see the prehistoric paintings in the cave of Font de Gaume. And with good reason – these paintings are some of the finest examples of European Ice Age, and are arguably the best still open to the public in France. Not only is entry to the cave greatly restricted, there […]


Merry Maidens Dancing on a Sunday in Cornwall

South west of Penzance, and not that far from Cornwall’s Land’s End, is a restored, Neolithic stone circle known according to native folklore as the Merry Maidens. Nineteen stones made using local granite form a perfect circle. The stone circle is one of a number of ritual and mortuary features on this prehistoric landscape, that […]


Celebrate Five Significant Anniversaries of England’s Past in 2015

This year sees England celebrating a number of significant historical events. From the Viking King Cnut’s invasion of England in 1015, to the signing of the Magna Carta on 15 June 800 years ago, to the 50th anniversary of the death of one of the countries towering political figures, Winston Churchil. Read on to find […]


Five Must See Temporary Exhibitions in 2015

Each and every year museums around the World host travelling, temporary exhibitions. These special exhibitions often provide locals with an opportunity to see artefacts and objects they would never otherwise see. This year, 2015 is no different – there are a number of international touring exhibitions that really should not be missed. Here are five […]


Three New Museums Opening Their Doors in 2015

Looking forward into 2015, archaeology and history buffs have new reasons to visit three of the most popular tourist destinations. In April the World’s largest replica of a cave that has some of the oldest paintings will open in the south of France. Later in spring a museum that will tell the story of Britain’s […]


Medieval Gothic Splendour – Amiens Cathedral in Colour

As Gothic cathedrals go, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens is one of the finest in France if not all of Europe. Besides its impressive size, Amiens cathedral is well known for its Medieval wall paintings inside and the truly spectacular Gothic sculptures that adorn the Western façade. A façade that was made for son et lumière, […]


A Shameless Act of Provocation

The British Museum and the so-called Elgin Marbles have been in the news yet again. Rather than just another twist on what must surely be the most high-profile contemporary cultural debate, the latest furore arose from something altogether different, and quite unexpected. Shortly after midnight on 5 December it was announced that one of the […]


Comparing the Paris Pass With the Paris Museum Pass

Paris has some of the finest art galleries and museums in the World, as well as a number of iconic monuments and typically Parisian activities. Many of these are the very reason why people visit the French capital. As with visiting more than a few museums and monuments in any city, the price of entry […]


Is English Heritage Membership Worth It?

Some of the more popular tourist attractions in England are in the care of English Heritage. These range from prehistoric stone circles, the most famous of which is Stonehenge, to much more recent historical sites such as Charles Darwin’s house or 1960s Cold War Bunkers. In all there are over 400 properties in England that […]

Ten Peculiar, Poignant & Popular Ossuaries Around Europe

Ossuaries, Catacombs and Charnel Houses – crypts, chapels and caverns where human bones have been placed – are spread throughout Europe. Some are many hundreds of years old, others much more recent. As macabre as the idea may sound they are also a popular tourist attraction; the Catacombs in Paris are perhaps the most well […]


Celebrating Coleridge, Kublai Khan & Xanadu

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an English poet and philosopher, was born on 21st October 1772 in the small town of Ottery St Mary, Devon. One of his better known shorter poems, Kuba Khan – which is said to be a fragment of a much longer piece, is supposed to have been written after reading an early […]

The Parthenon frieze in the Acropolis Museum.

The Parthenon Marbles in the Louvre

Exploring the history of the Parthenon ‘marbles’ in the Louvre, The display of Parthenon ‘marbles’ in the Louvre Museum includes one block of the famous frieze and one metope, as well as a human head from another metope.


Predators & Prey: the Lod Mosaic at Waddesdon Manor, a review

A chance find during road works in the town of Lod, south east of Tel Aviv, brought to light a remarkable Roman mosaic floor. Not only is the subject matter of mosaic intriguing, it is also one of the better preserved of the larger mosaic floors from the Roman period. Since its accidental discovery in […]


Yorkshire Museum’s Roman Statue of the God Mars

Pride of place at the Yorkshire Museum is given to a life-size, near complete statue of Mars. This stunning stone statue stands at the entrance to the museum’s galleries in front of a floor map of the Roman Empire. The juxtaposition is intentional and quite meaningful. Mars was the Roman god of war, whose religious […]


Storming the Bastille in 1789, Finding the Bastille Today

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 […]

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