10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

Humans have existed on the planet for a small period of time. So small that in face if the entire lifetime of Earth was symbolized as one year, then the humans would have come into existence at the 59th minute of the 23rd hour on the 31st of December. When compared to the entire universe this seems like no…

Townsville Heritage Trail: Townsville Port

This post is the first in a new series of posts highlighting the Townsville Heritage trails. Townsville has 3 separate trails which run through the heart of some of the cities most beautiful and significant heritage locations, from heritage listed buildings to sites of previous industry and business entities. The heritage trails are ideal for…

A Stroll Through Cuenca’s Historic Centre

As Ecuador’s third-largest city, Cuenca is no new discovery among foreigners. In fact, it’s known for being one of the best places in the world to retire to. That’s not surprising, considering the gorgeous colonial architecture and cobbled streets, the low cost of living, and the relative ease of access to everyday conveniences that westerners…

Townsville’s First Pub

If you planned to head to Townsville to visit our first ever pub, the Criterion Hotel, then you are one day too late. Yesterday was the Cri’s last day of trading before closing down today. Opening August 1865 by John Melton Black with the wary support of Capt Robert Towns (Townsvilles namesake), the 150 year…

A Walk Through Time: in San Gemini

I have spoken about San Gemini many times in the past. This is probably because it was my first ever international destination, and therefore holds a pretty special place in my heart. It was here that I found wanderlust. I found what really matters; experiences are more important than possessions, exposing yourself to different culture…

I Crossed Something Off My Bucket List…

Today I crossed a world heritage site off of my bucket list…but not because I went there. I crossed it off because it has been destroyed. It is no longer the incredible 2000 year old site in Iraq which has been long known for the well preserved artefacts and integrity of the structure. It is…

Retrace the Footsteps of Dracula

Dracula is well-known as the scary vampire from Transylvania, from the novel and movie, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Myth surrounding Dracula has continued to grow as modern entertainment remakes and remakes the vampire legend. The tale of Count Dracula is easy to get lost in when driving through the dense ancient forests and over the winding…

Archaeological Sites Used in Entertainment

Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt in The Mummy Returns Al Khazneh, Jordan in Indiana Jones: the last crusade Alnwick Castle, England in Harry Potter Dubrovnik, Croatia in Game of Thrones Hadrian’s Wall, England in Robin Hood: the prince of thieves   Ouarzazate, Morocco in Gladiator Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan in Batman Begins Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland…

Must See Castles in Scotland

Scotland has many castles dating from the 11th C CE which were used for defensive strategies. They are diverse in style and landscape, most with spectacular views. Balmoral Castle Located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, this estate dates from the 14th C CE where it began as a hunting lodge, and has since been in the British…

Lumbini: the birthplace of Lord Buddha

Lumbini is a major Buddhist site which represents the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. It is within the Nepal Terai, a subtropical chain of forests, marshes and grasslands, between the Indian border and Siawalik Range of the Himalayas. Lumbini has been described as the earliest Buddha shrine dating to c. 550 BCE. The site was…

The Vatican Museums and Vatican City

Construction of Old St. Peter’s Basilica began 324 CE by order of Emperor Constantine the Great. Construction of the present basilica began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626. The renaissance architecture was principally designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Vatican Museums originated as a group…