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Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia

5 fascinating archaeological sites in Vietnam and Cambodia

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A journey to Southeast Asia isn’t just about tasting delicious food, exploring fantastic natural landscapes or lounging on beautiful beaches. On top of all that, the region is home to some of the most interesting archaeological sites in the world. With many surrounded by the jungle, a trip to some of the fantastic sites of… Read More

HMS Victory in Portsmouth, England

HMS Victory in Portsmouth, England

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Today's travel photo is of the HMS Victory in the city of Portsmouth, England. The HMS Victory is famous for being the flagship of Vice-Admiral Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 - Britain's greatest naval victory. She had been sailing for long before that, however, and since 1765 had led the British Naval Fleet in the… Read More

Gatehouse entrance to Hampton Court Palace in England

Royal History and Extravagance at Hampton Court Palace, England

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Henry VIII, possibly England's most famous King, had many palaces throughout the country that his court would move between when they had exhausted the surrounding resources. Of all of Henry's palaces and castles, only two remain standing today. Situated on the Thames in Surrey, just upstream of London, Hampton Court Palace has stood for 500… Read More

View of London and a tower from St Paul's Cathedral

Climbing to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral in London

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Blue skies and sun shined down upon us as we stepped out of Waterloo Station for a day of sightseeing in London. Although still cold in the shadows of the buildings, out in the sun it was nice and warm and I removed my jacket, possibly for the first time since I landed in England… Read More

The twin towered Gatehouse at Donnington Castle, Berkshire, England

The Medieval Ruins of Donnington Castle, England

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Just north of Newbury in Berkshire, stands the ruins of a castle I had never heard of. It took a drive to the small village of Donnington, down a quiet village lane to a typical English field to discover what remains of a 14th century castle. Donnington Castle was built in the 1380's for Sir… Read More

Bargate in Old Town Southampton, England

Discovering Southampton’s Historic Sites and Pubs

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The city of Southampton on England's south coast is one of the UK's most important ports and has been for centuries. Since medieval times, ships have been arriving and departing from the natural deep water harbour of Southampton Water, making Southampton a city full of history. During our recent trip to England, we hopped on… Read More

Shrine and alter at Khoo Kongsi Clanhouse in George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Khoo Kongsi Clanhouse in George Town, Penang

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Some of the most interesting historic attractions in George Town, Malaysia, are the beautiful Chinese clanhouses around the city. The Chinese immigrants who came to Penang in the 18th and 19th centuries developed "Clans" based on where they were from in China. The larger of these clans felt the need to build "Clanhouses" for meetings… Read More

Dining Room in Pinang Peranakan Mansion in George Town, Malaysia

Photo Journey Through Pinang Peranakan Mansion in George Town, Malaysia

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Located on Lebuh Gereja, right in the heart of George Town, Malaysia, Pinang Peranakan Mansion is one of the greatest examples of the extravagant Chinese Courtyard homes that were common among the rich merchants of the Baba Nyonya Culture in Penang. The Baba Nyonyas (also known as Peranakans) are a community of people that originated… Read More

Temple of Bakong in Angkor, Cambodia

The Roluos Group of Temples in Angkor, Cambodia

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When we finally made it to Siem Reap to visit the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia, I had no idea where to start. Should we do what most people do and just head straight to Angkor Wat? Should we visit Ta Phrom, Banteay Srei or some of the lesser visited temples first? I spent a… Read More

A temple in My Son, Vietnam

The Champa Ruins of My Son in Vietnam

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Many centuries ago, the country of Vietnam was largely divided, and Central Vietnam was ruled by the Champa Kingdom, whose religion was actually Hindu. In a hidden valley surrounded by mountains, they built their most holy site - a large temple complex known as My Son. The architecturally brilliant temples were built to worship their… Read More

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