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Photo of the week: A Lonely Bench in Pompeii, Italy

by Dean Wickham November 6, 2011 Destinations
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This week’s photo is of a lonely bench sitting next to an old bath or pond, in the ancient ruins of Pompeii, Italy. The Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed in 79AD when the nearby volcano, Mount Vesuvius, erupted. The catastrophic eruption sent huge waves of heat and ash into the city, instantly killing it’s inhabitants [...]

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Photo of the week: Statue at Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Saen, Thailand

by Dean Wickham October 9, 2011 Asia
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This week’s photo is of a Buddha statue on the wall of Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Saen, Thailand. The construction of the temple apparently began in the year 1291, making it very old. The historic city of Chiang Saen, located on the Mekong River, is full of interesting ruins dating back to the 13th [...]

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Video: Exploring Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, Thailand

by Dean Wickham October 3, 2011 Asia
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In the old Siam Capitol of Ayutthaya, Thailand, there are many interesting ruins dating back to the 14th century. Wat Mahathat was one of the main temples in the city and it’s ruins are interesting to explore. Watch the video below to see some of my exploration of the temple and listen to some classical [...]

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Exploring Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, Thailand

by Dean Wickham August 30, 2011 Asia
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In the old Siam capitol of Ayutthaya, there are many interesting ruins that stand as a reminder of the past and some of the events that led to the founding of modern day Thailand. One of the most popular and impressive ruins is that of an old temple named Wat Mahathat. The construction of Wat [...]

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Photo of the week: Wat Chai Wattanaram in Ayutthaya, Thailand

by Dean Wickham August 24, 2011 Asia
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  Wat Chai Wattanaram was built in the 17th Century by King Prasat Thong and is located in the old Siam capitol of Ayutthaya, Thailand. It was left to ruin after the Burmese defeated and destroyed the city in the 18th Century. The wat seems to be perfectly symmetrical and is one of the most [...]

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Exploring the ruins of Pompeii

by Dean Wickham July 12, 2011 Destinations
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The ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii are located just south of Naples in Campania, Italy. Once a thriving city at the height of the Roman Empire, Pompeii was destroyed in the year 79AD by a catastrophic volcanic eruption from Mt Vesuvius, which towers above the city. The eruption sent huge waves of [...]

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