The Falkirk Wheel and Antonine Wall, Scotland

Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

If you love innnovative engineering projects and Roman military history, then a visit to the Falkirk Wheel and Antonine Wall in Scotland are must-sees. The Falkirk Wheel So, what exactly is the Falkirk Wheel, and why is it so special? Well, for starters, it’s the world’s only rotating boat lift. But why would you need … Read more The Falkirk Wheel and Antonine Wall, Scotland

The Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos in Athens

Pompeion, Kerameikos site in Athens

Athens has so many interesting archaeological sites and ruins that it’s hard to visit them all if you’re only here for a few days. Luckily, we had plenty of time to explore this ancient city, so we fit in as many historic sites as possible. One of the most interesting was the ancient cemetery of … Read more The Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos in Athens

The Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens

Column at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Greece

Pretty much everyone who visits Athens makes a stop at the Acropolis and the Parthenon. After all, the Parthenon is a spectacular feat of engineering, combined with beautiful classical architecture. But did you know that the Parthenon is NOT the largest Greek temple in the world? That title goes to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, … Read more The Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens

Uncovering Ancient Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii road

If you’ve ever read a newspaper, poured concrete, used a public toilet or walked across a floor with radiant heating, your life has been touched by an invention created by the ancient Romans. Even our current Gregorian calendar is based on the older Julian calendar. The months of the year? All named by the Romans. … Read more Uncovering Ancient Pompeii, Italy

Exploring the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), Portugal

Moorish Castle walkways

What better place to spend your birthday than at a castle? My husband and I share the same birth date, which just happened to coincide with our trip to Portugal. We decided to spend the day in a sweet, picturesque little town called Sintra. Sintra has a ridiculous number of castles and palaces littering its … Read more Exploring the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), Portugal

A Stroll Through Jerash, Jordan

Arch of Hadrian, Gerasa Jordan

The ancient Roman city of Jerash (also known as Gerasa), and the current modern city by the same name, are located about 48km north of Amman, Jordan. It’s the second most-visited site in Jordan, with Petra being the first. Background People have inhabited this area as far back as the Neolithic Age, around 7500–5500 BC. Archaeological … Read more A Stroll Through Jerash, Jordan

Exploring the Lesser-Known Necropolis of Saqqara, Egypt

Step Pyramid of Djoser Saqqara Eqypt

Everyone has heard of the Great Pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx that guards them. But the pyramids of Saqqara aren’t nearly as famous. This actually makes them a great place to visit, since they aren’t nearly as touristy as the Great Pyramids. It’s also the place where pyramid building got its start. So … Read more Exploring the Lesser-Known Necropolis of Saqqara, Egypt

Exploring the Imperial Ruins of Rome’s Palatine Hill

Stadium of Domitian

If you love archaeology and history, then a visit to Palatine Hill is a must if you’re ever in Rome. It’s just a short walk from the Roman Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and you can easily spend half a day here exploring the ruins of a bygone era. Pre-historic Occupation and the Myth of … Read more Exploring the Imperial Ruins of Rome’s Palatine Hill

5 Reasons to Add Evora to Your Portugal Itinerary

roman temple of evora

Evora is a quiet Portuguese town of approximately 56,500 residents. Located about 1.5 hours east of Lisbon, you could easily dismiss this little municipality as a “nothing to see here” kind of place. But it’s surprising how much it actually offers. Here are just a few reasons why you should add Evora to your itinerary … Read more 5 Reasons to Add Evora to Your Portugal Itinerary

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