Tag - history

The search for Monty Python’s Holy Grail locations

Ok, I am first to admit I have an addiction – to Monty Python. It’s not as strong as it was in my teens, nor is it the type that elicits constant quotations, references to lumberjacks, dead parrots or the Spanish Inquisition. No this is a deep seated habit that involves collecting rarities, meeting members and traveling across the seas to see their legendary...

In the off season, Fenway Park still delivers the chills

If you want a taste of what going to a baseball game was like one hundred years ago, step up to the plate and step back in time at Fenway Park. Old bars ooze the stench of stale beer but at America’s oldest stadium, it’s the freshly popped kernels of corn that permeate the air. As you enter the stadium below its ancient brick and timber stands, you can feel the...

Sun Studios, Memphis

Have you ever been to a place where you feel like you could be right beside those who made it so special? That’s a sensation you will feel at Sun Studios on Memphis’ Union Street.   Sun Studios’ humble exterior and interior belies its rich backstory, breaking rock and roll’s pioneers like Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Ike Turner, Johnny Cash and a little-known...

Jacob Riis Park, New York

One of the best places to escape on a hot, sunny New York day is Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways. With a wide, expansive beach, live entertainment, gourmet snacks and frozen margaritas, it’s worth the effort getting out here. Jacob Riis Park, Riis to the locals, is a length of beach from an art deco red brick pavilion built in the 1930s up to Fort Tilden, a former...

Exploring the Isle of Mull, Scotland

Barren, mysterious, primal, the Isle of Mull is the Hebridean wilderness at its best. Ruined castles, colorful fishing villages and fresh seafood are all alluring propositions when considering a visit to the Isle of Mull. What astounded us was the peacefulness and natural beauty that abounds there. Getting to the Isle of Mull Accessible by vehicular ferry from Oban...

The Breakfast Creek Hotel, Brisbane

“The Breakfast Creek Hotel is up for sale”. You know a pub is iconic when legendary Australian band, Midnight Oil name checks it in a song. The Breakfast Creek Hotel, known by locals simply as the “Brekky Creek” is part of the very fabric of tropical Brisbane. It has lived through fires, floods and more than its share of bar fights over its 128 years. In that time...

Holyrood Palace and Abbey

Holyrood Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse (depending on who you are or what guidebook you’ve been reading) is the British Royal Family’s official Scottish Residence. The 16th Century palace sits at the end of the Royal Mile, at the bottom of the hill looking back up towards Edinburgh Castle. Built between 1671 and 1678 around a central quadrangle, it houses a...

Boston Tea Party Museum

It’s the middle of winter and raining and instead of nursing a coffee, we’re heading to the Boston Tea Party Museum. The Boston Tea Party, a rebellion between the colonists and the British over extra taxes being placed on bales of tea is the event that kick started the American War of Independence. What was basically an ambush where the aggrieved locals dressed as...

Castillo De San Cristobal, Old San Juan

Its cannons may inspire imagery of marauding pirates, but the Castillo De San Cristobal has played a strictly defensive role in protecting the tropical walled city of San Juan. Finished in 1783, the baroque fort is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the new world. The stronghold of Castillo De San Cristobal overlooks the whole of Old San Juan from the...

St Olaf’s Church (Oleviste kogudus), Tallinn, Estonia

St Olaf’s church offers one of the best views of Tallinn’s old town that you can find. Which is great if you’re not scared of heights – like Bernie. I’ll admit it. I hate heights. They hate me too. I’m a little scared of them. OK. Petrified. So why in God’s name would I willingly part with a few Euros to stand precariously on wooden planks at the top of 600...