Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Great Holidays for the Amateur Historian

There's an amateur history buff in all of us. It's fascinating to be able to look back to the way that things once were and compare it to life today. Historical sites worldwide are some of the most visited tourist attractions. This shows the endurance of looking into the past as a pleasant pastime.

If you like your history as old as possible, there are a variety of different sites you can visit to get your fix. In fact, the choices are so varied it can be difficult to know where to start. If you've got some time to spare and your feet itching to explore, here are a few ideas of where your quest for the ancient could take you.

Machu Picchu

The ancient civilisation of the Incans lay ignored in Peruvian undergrowth for centuries. Even when it was identified, it was almost entirely by accident in the 1910s by Hiram Bingham. Since those early days, it has become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You're going to have to be fit if you want to visit Machu Picchu. Getting to the area requires a trek through the Andes mountains. The original location was chosen for the Incans for its privacy, which is a shame for the modern traveller! If you're able to, though, it's a real glimpse into a world before its time. Just make sure you have a specialist guide to help you through the terrain.


The English monument has long been the subject of curiosity over its purpose. Ideas have included some form of devil worship to the more accepted theory of a site of religious significance. Whatever your take, there is no doubt there is nothing like getting up close and personal with this touch of the past.

While it may seem like a few stones in a field can't offer much of a day out, there is plenty to do at Stonehenge. Not only is there the monument itself, but a fabulous visitor centre showcasing the archaeological history. When planning a visit, use comparestonehengetours.com so you can take advantage of their expertise. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area.

Pompeii and Herculaneum

Friday, June 24, 2016

Classic Things You Must Do When Visiting New York

When taking a trip to the big apple, there are some things that you just have to do. Check out my guide, so you can do all the classic things in the city that never sleeps attractions.


No trip to New York would be complete without a shopping excursion to the famous Bloomingdale's. Popularised by the popular 90s sitcom friends, maybe you'll even see Rachel there? Don't forget to make sure you carry away your purchase an iconic Bloomingdale's brown bag.

Statue of Liberty

It's pretty much a given that you've got to visit the Statue of Liberty if you are in New York. Climbing the statue gives you a fantastic view out across the bay. To save, time, book advance tickets for the crown and pedestal to avoid the queues. The state is located on Liberty Island. Luckily it's easy to travel around NYC. To get there, you'll need to take the ferry, and you can combine it with a trip to Ellis Island as well.

Madison Square Gardens

Probably one of the most famous arenas in the world, there is always an exciting event to attend in Madison Square Gardens. Check out a new Go to watch a basketball game or a New York Rangers hockey game for an essential American experience. WWE wrestling is also a popular spectacle here, book your tickets and foam finger earlier, as this seat out very quick. Or why not grab tickets to one of the big name show,  with acts such as Kanye West, Ellie Golding and Amy Schumer booked for this year alone.

New York Deli

An essential part of any New York trip is going for lunch at a deli. They are well known for their huge range and selection of different sandwich fillings, so there's bound to be something that you're going to like. To go for a quintessential New York experience make sure you choose the pastrami on rye. Try Art's Delicatessen at 20 to 90 Broadway at 82nd Street. Or The Deli at 205 East Houston Street at Ludlow Street. The latter was featured in the film when Harry Met Sally.

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