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by Oliver HarperIndustry has been at the heart of the North West of England since time immemorial. Even in prehistoric times, local craftsmen were fashioning tools from the region’s rock and then, during the first half of the first millennium, the Romans mined the area for salt, copper, iron and lead. The biggest impact of industrialisation occurred during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries ....Continue Reading >>
PONTE VECCHIO QUICK FACTS Location: Florence, Italy River: Arno Built: circa 1345 Length: 84 metres Style: Segmental Arch BridgeOne of the most famous bridges in the world, Ponte Vecchio was initially lined with butchers shops but now houses overpriced shops such as jewellers, art dealers and trinket sellers to attract tourists. Its unusual backshops were added later but it has always ....Continue Reading >>
Assisi Part One can be found here.While St Francis dominates the mood of Assisi, Roman history is strongly in evidence as well. Walking east from St Francis Basilica, Piazza del Comune was once the Roman forum with the superb colonnades of Temple of Minerva looking out onto the square. Some of the neighbouring shops have basements that you can sneak into to view remains of Roman buildings. Indeed, ....Continue Reading >>
Despite the crowds, the hilltop town of Assisi has a tranquil feel suited to its pious history. Except for electricity wires and the whir of cameras, it is easy to assume that you could stroll past the introspective brown-robed figure of St Francis shuffling the medieval cobbled laneways of Assisi. The Catholic pilgrimagetown includes a rich Roman history and fine medieval fortress making for a ....Continue Reading >>
Since Roman times, folks have been bathing and enjoying the uplifting mineral spa waters that flow from the Black Forest hills of Baden-Baden. The city has two superb Roman baths to choose from (Friedrichsbad and Caracella-Therme) but almost as relaxing is the elegant Trinkhalle (Pump Room) which houses an enticing cafe, offers free glasses of the magical mineral-rich waters and a superb long verandah ....Continue Reading >>
Read Part One to start the tour of Regensburg Evidence of Roman occupation can be seen at Porta Praetoria which dates back to the second century. The Roman’s certainly built things to last! The Roman name, Castra Regina (Roman Fortress by the Regen River or Regensburg)  gives the city its name today.Today, the old town hall is a fine museum (tour only) including fine decorated rooms of state ....Continue Reading >>
The villages and towns of Germany's Black Forest feature many half-timbered buildings (or fachwerkhäuser in German) including this beauty in Alpirsbach.With only 6500 people, Alpirsbach includes a 900-year old historic monastery/church and a superb brewery. The brewery is well worth visiting with an excellent museum detailing the history intimately attached to the monastery. In medieval ....Continue Reading >>
The alluring smoky aroma of grilled sausages cooked over a wood fire wafts through the narrow cobbled streets of Regensburg. By the Danube, the tiny green brick and stone Historische Wurstküchl (literally historic sausage kitchen) has been in business for so long it served similar delectable sausages to the builders of Regensberg’s Stone Bridge (Steinerne Brücke) and cathedral over 850 years ....Continue Reading >>
STEINERNE BRÜCKE QUICK FACTS Location: Regensberg, Germany River: Danube Built: circa 1140 Length: 309 metres Style: Arch (Stone)With history back to Roman times, Regensburg is one of Europe's finest preserved medieval towns. A highlight is the plainly named Stone Bridge (Steinerne Brücke) which elegantly arches across the Danube River.Similarly to Devil's Bridge in Cividale del ....Continue Reading >>
Today the picturesque northern Italian town of Cividale del Fruili is an ideal place to meander among the narrow cobbled streets and wander the peaceful banks of the sparkling Natisone River. This relaxed ambiance masks a town rich in history and importance dating from settlement in Julius Caesar’s time (with evidence of earlier Celtic habitation) and a number of fascinating tales and mysteries ....Continue Reading >>
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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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