“Dominating the skyline of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Castle sits atop Castle Rock, one of the UK’s most visited paid attractions with commanding views of the city and landscape below. Throughout history its role and function has changed, used for a variety of purposes from a Royal Residence to a Military Garrison, today, under the governance of Historic Environment Scotland it continues to serve a variety of causes. Within the castle grounds, regimental museums and the National War Museum of Scotland are open to visitors, in addition the 12th Century St Margaret’s Chapel and the 16th Century Great Hall.” Continue reading Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland
“It’s fascinating to look back and reflect how the world around us has transformed to our demands in recent history. In the UK especially with the growth and abandonment of railway lines and service that shaped and molded the immediate landscape in transformative ways. Abandoned lines in the last few decades now landscaped into housing developments or restored to their original natural state to create beautiful idyllic walkways and paths to explore. This particular lost railway is a little more personal to me as it is located a very short distance from my front door and was inspired by a curiosity on a journey to work. As with all great mysteries it begun with an obscure clue, an old tradition on either side of the Atlantic of naming a street or avenue around its central premise and use. ” Continue reading Discovering Lost Railway Lines: Uxbridge Vine Street to West Drayton Railway Line
“Located in the centre of Rome beside the iconic Colosseum, the sprawling remains of the ancient Roman Forum sit besides the Palatine Hills. The ruins of the Roman era Government buildings, what was once the centre of commerce and Government rule in the heart of the Italian capital now transformed into a viable attraction. Visitors to the Roman Forum can expect to walk amongst the rubble and ruins of temples and archways, in a site that continues to see excavation undertaken as new areas of discovery come to light.” Continue reading Foro Romano and Palatino – Rome, Italy
“Nestled amongst the Barbican complex, itself an epitome of the Brutalist architectural style of Britain in general and London specifically during the 1950’s sits the Museum of London, an assortment of collections once divided amongst the various historical sites in the City from the Guildhall to Kensington Palace now residing in this one location and showcasing the historical roots going back to the earliest settlements to its current standing as a leading global destination.” Continue reading Museum of London – London, UK
“The Vasa Museet, a dedicated museum to the sunken and recovered Vasa, a 17th century warship who despite floundering on its maiden voyage today stands as a reminder of the prominence and majesty of Sweden during the time known as the ‘great power period’ in the nation’s history” Continue reading Vasa Museet – Stockholm, Sweden.
“It serves as a symbol of the city, recognisable on its own merits and continues to be preserved and restored as architects unearth new areas previously considered lost to time. Visitors to the attraction have the opportunity to walk around the first two floors providing an elevated view of the opened walkways beneath ground level whilst additional guided tours of the upper fourth and fifth levels are now available to see.” Continue reading Colosseo – Rome, Italy