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Char de Triomphe: The Louis XIV Tapestry Hiding in an English Castle

Down in the depths of Devon, in a place where the weather is at its worst and the wind whistles non-stop through a wooded valley, you’ll find the last castle built in England. Castle Drogo is situated in the very heart of Dartmoor National Park and hides many secrets within its walls; including the Char …

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Burrow Mump: The ‘Hill Hill’ Church Ruins Alternative to Glastonbury Tor

The church ruins can be seen from far away. Perched high above the Somerset Levels, an area notorious for flooding and a place which was once a swampy marshland during the Middle Ages, what you see before you is not Glastonbury Tor. Instead, just a few miles away from the tourist hotspot, is a long …

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Imber, The Ghost Village of Salisbury Plain That Residents Were Forced to Abandon

It was only meant to be for a short time. A precautionary measure. Until the end of the war, they said. But indeed, the ghost village of Imber has been abandoned for much more than a mere decade. Evacuated during the Second World War, Imber is one UK ghost town you’ve likely never heard of …

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Oh, Just Some 2000 Year Old Graffiti: Graffiti from Pompeii

One of the last remaining active volcanos in Europe is situated near Naples, Southern Italy. Its name? Mount Vesuvius. The volcano last erupted in CE 79, tragically taking thousands of lives along with it. The blast and ensuing volcanic eruption covered the once-thriving towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii in tonnes of ash and sulfuric acid. As …

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Provins Medieval Tunnels France (Les Souterrains de Provins)

I heard of Provins quite by accident, via a friend. If I’m honest, despite picking up multiple guidebooks about Paris and its surroundings, I’d never seen the town listed as a top tourist attraction. But it should be. The town even comes equipped with its own Provins Medieval Tunnels. And the most intriguing part? No one knows quite …

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ON THE TRAIL OF LOUIS XVI & THE FLIGHT TO VARENNES

In a small French village, far from the glittering lights of Paris and away from the lavish life he had once had in Versailles, Louis XVI was absconding. Together with Marie Antoinette and the rest of their immediate family, the Royals were on the run. Here’s the story of how Louis XVI’s flight to Varennes marked …

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