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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 […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


Five Highlights of My Trip to Greece, April 2014

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 […]

Byzantine Church Frescoes on the Island of Crete

Crete has a long and illustrious religious history, stretching way back to Zeus and the Phoenician princess that gave her name to the European continent. The Byzantine religious heritage on this island is as special. At the beginning of the twentieth century an Italian scholar recorded over 800 Byzantine churches with wall paintings. While many […]

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