Tag: history

Boat shaped grave at Gnisvärd, Gotland

The Ancient Burial Sites of Gotland

There are stones everywhere. Wherever you go in Gotland they are scattered on the beach and by the road, in fields and in forests. They must have provided plentiful building material for the ancient labyrinths around the coast. And, as I discovered, these stones were also used for a quite

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Gnisvärd, Gotland

Discovering the Fishing Stations of Gotland

I went to Gotland in search of its stone labyrinths and the medieval city of Visby. But, as so often happens, it was the unexpected that caught my attention. And I found two things that took me by surprise. The first was the old fishing stations that are dotted around

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Gammelstad Church Town

Gammelstad Church Town, A Living Tradition

Rows of tiny wooden cottages in streets radiating out from the medieval stone church. Each painted in the typical red and white of Swedish rural dwellings. But there are no permanent residents, and these are not holiday cottages. Welcome to Gammelstad Church Town, part of a tradition that arose in

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Blessing of the animals, Mexican Consulate, Los Angeles

History and Margaritas at El Pueblo de Los Angeles

One of the things I love about California is the profusion of different cultures: Chinese, Japanese and, of course, Mexican. I also take a perverse delight in ferreting out historical sites among the glass and concrete of the gleaming modern cities. So it’s no surprise that, on a return visit

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Castel San Pietro, Verona - www.worldwidewriter.co.uk

Making Sense of Verona’s Walls and Fortifications

Regular readers of this blog will know that I love old walls. I’ve explored walled cities like Girona and Lucca, and I’ve walked the whole 84 miles of England’s Hadrian’s Wall. So I was intrigued to discover that Verona’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site rested partly upon its

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