• The Capuchin Crypt
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    The Capuchin Crypt | The Bones of Rome

    I think most of us have a morbid fascination with death. For centuries, it has been common practice to use religion to understand and come to terms with life after death. Now, with extraordinary archaeological excavations at work, we come face to face with death on a more frequent basis. Think about the global obsession with Ancient Egypt and their remarkable process of mummification. Being able to see these have opened up so many new questions on the notion of the afterlife. It also shows that even though those who’ve died are gone, they are certainly not forgotten. The Capuchin Crypt draws upon this notion. I believe the crypt extends…

  • Baths of Caracalla
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    Baths of Caracalla [Guide]

    On my recent trip to Rome, I took an unexpected visit to the Baths of Caracalla. Of all the archaeological attractions in Rome, this one stood out the most for me. While the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill were all absolutely mind-blowing, nothing quite prepared me for the baths. They are the ruins of one of the largest and most impressive thermae in Rome and they are just out of this world! It is so big that it is almost unbelievable that the site could accommodate 1,600 bathers at one time and that it also has a stadium and a library! It is so beautifully well-preserved that with a…

  • Rome Travel Itinerary
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    Rome Travel Itinerary: My 5-Day Trip

    Rome has always been a dream destination for me. I have been fascinated with the Romans ancient history and with Christianity’s adoption and usurpation of and hatred towards Paganism. As the previous Caput Mundi (capital of the world), Rome is dotted with treasures, ancient ruins, myths and legends; Making the city unlike any other. I based my Rome Travel Itinerary on a trip I recently did, and it’ll show you what you can do in Rome in just five days. Having five days in Rome is a great way to get a feel of the city’s mysteries and glamour and is certainly enough time to see everything. However, I’d recommend…

  • Kom Ombo Temple
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    Kom Ombo and Aswan Dam [Travel Guide]

    Kom Ombo and Aswan Dam Ever wondered why Kom Ombo and Aswan Dam are so important? Check out this article to learn about Kom Ombo and Aswan Dam. It’ll detail their history, significance in Egypt’s culture and what you can expect to see and do there! Kom Ombo Temple When was Kom Ombo Temple built? It is said that the Temple of Kom Ombo was built during the Graeco-Roman period (332BC – AD 395). However, some elements of its structure, the most derelict parts, date back to the 18th dynasty. It is these derelict parts that give the temple an outward skeletal appearance, impressing on the mind images of change,…

  • Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
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    Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut [History Guide]

    Why was the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut built? The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is a resting place for the Queen. It is also a memorial temple that worships and honours Queen Hatshepsut. The geographical location, on the west bank of the River Nile, is significant. It’s not only facing the city of Luxor but it also marks the entrance to the Valley of the Kings. This puts the temple at the heart of the ancient capital Thebes. Consequently, the Queen is eternally placed in the minds of the Egyptian people. Strategically, Hatshepsut found a way to always reign over Egypt. Locals, traders, visitors and descendent kings or queens would always…

  • things to do in Oxford
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    Things to do in Oxford | One Day Itinerary

    Oxford, Oxfordshire is definitely one of the most famous and charming cities in the United Kingdom. Is the hype overrated? Heck, NO! There are a plethora of things to do in Oxford for people of all ages and with a train, bus and car access, it is the perfect city for a hassle-free day trip from whatever part of England you’re in. The last time I was in Oxford, I spent the entire day attending the university’s Open Day. I went to all the English and History lectures, worrying about which college I’d end up applying to. In the end, I didn’t go to the University of Oxford, so ultimately…

  • My Ultimate Travel Bucket List
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    My Ultimate Travel Bucket List

    What Inspired Me To Create My Ultimate Travel Bucket List? So why did I create my ultimate travel bucket list? First, for as long as I can remember, I have wanted to travel the world. Some say that is because of my Aquarius nature but I have a sneaky feeling it is because of my family. My parents have travelled to some amazing places like Bangkok, Africa, India, Vietnam and Bali (to name but a few) and the stories they told and pictures they showed awoke something within me. I can only describe it as a hunger to travel or a calling, which believe me I know sounds cheesy or…

  • Jane Austen In Bath
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    Jane Austen In Bath | A Literary Tour

    Whilst it has been over 200 years since the death of Jane Austen, the city of Bath has certainly not forgotten her. To visit Bath is to step into the world Jane herself lived in for a significant portion of her lifetime. The Georgian architecture, which is the same as when Jane walked the streets, make the city feel like it is frozen in time. It is this visual grandeur that makes it easy to see why Bath sparked an unrivalled inspiration for her novels.  What Is Jane Austen’s Connections To Bath? The queen of wit and satire, the genius behind the nation’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey and…

  • Prior Park
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    Prior Park, Bath’s Spellbinding Secret Garden

    Prior Park, our Nation’s heritage through landscape design  This 18th-century landscape garden is unlike any other National Trust site. Yes, Prior Park has a history, and yes, it is bewitching, but there’s something so much more profound at work here. The landscape’s story is a true testament to how history can be revealed not just through beautiful architecture or the battlements of ancient castles. Instead, the rolling hills, the sweeping valley and winding woodland unveil the truth of the social and economic conditions within the 18th century. Are you intrigued? Read on and you’ll experience Bath’s Prior Park like a true 18th-century person.  An aristocratic origin  Looking out over the…

  • Locations & History

    Traditional Egyptian Home [Day Trip Guide]

    Whilst travelling down the River Nile on a rather deserted cruise, we took a jeep out into the desert. Here we went to visit a remote rural village and a traditional Egyptian home. This village has kept the essence and appearance of an ancient traditional housing complex and traditional architecture. An Island village Arriving at the village, I caught sight of several small children ranging from the age of five to around fifteen. They were all hiding behind pillars, cars, and anything that would provide them with sufficient concealment. Suddenly I realised that in their eyes we were intruders. We were invading their private home, that has been unfrequented by…