205 Years of Beer

When the clock strikes noon on Saturday the 19th of September, Munich’s Mayor Dieter Reiter will tap the first barrel of beer and officially begin Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is one of the world’s largest festivals with over 6 million people consuming 1.5 million gallons of beer, 200,000 pairs of pork sausages and 480,000 spit-roasted chickens over…

Must See Ancient Greek Temples

Ancient Greek temples were arguably the most important monuments from Ancient Greece. They were used as monuments to their beloved gods and goddesses, as opposed to places of worship. The first stone temples appear in the 6th C CE. The Acropolis of Athens, Greece Dominating the skyline in Athens in the Acropolis. Dating back to…

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…

Travelling to San Gemini

It was 8pm when I arrived at Fiumicino Airport in Rome. As we flew in over the ranges, and the villages, I was so happy. So happy that there are no words to describe the excitement that was surging through me. I smiled through the entire landing and taxiing. I can still feel that feeling…

Former UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following sites have been delisted from the UNESCO World Heritage List, causing them to lose conservation funding and grants, and the title of holding a World Heritage Listed site. Even though these places have been delisted, you can still visit them. 1. Arabian Oryx Sanctuary, Oman Now known as the Al Wusta Wildlife Reserve.…

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year falls between the 21st January and the 20th February, and is the longest running festival in the Chinese Calendar. Small scale celebrations began c.2300BCE during the Neolithic, but it was not until the Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1050BCE) that New Years celebrations became a part of the year end religious ceremony. During the…

Best Carnivals Around the World

Carnival is the religious festive season which occurs immediately before Lent (the six weeks directly before Easter marked by fasting), traditionally held in areas with a large Catholic and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox makeup. Cologne, Germany Beginning 11th November and going through winter, Germans celebrate during Karneval, aka Fasching. In cologne events include…

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

It has been 25 years since one of the most significant historical events occurred in Berlin; The Fall of the Berlin Wall. Having an abundance of German ancestry myself I fully appreciate the importance that the fall of the Berlin Wall had on the reunification of Germany. Make sure you check out the iPhone and…

The Myth of Count Dracula

Count Dracula is a fictional character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Count Dracula was inspired by the infamous Prince of Wallachia, Vlad III Dracula, one of the most well known figures in Romanian history. Romanian folklore had been rich with the supernatural before the Irish writer, Bram Stoker, created the tale of Count Dracula. He researched…

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…