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Old 22nd March 2010, 09:21 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: Favourite Historical Site

All great suggestions

I visited Vindolanda, they were digging at the time, I saw someone find a Roman leather shoe!
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Old 22nd March 2010, 11:57 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I was lucky enough to have several school excursions to CAERLEON in Newport, South Wales during my youth, A Roman legion base with a nice museum and some good remains, they also claim it may be the site of Arthur's Camelot.

Caerleon Past Present And Future, Roman Isca, Camelot of King Arthur

I also want to visit York one day, due to it's strong Viking history

JORVIK Viking Centre
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Old 23rd March 2010, 02:50 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Oooh! So many to choose from...

I'd go for Lincoln Cathedral for sheer impressiveness, Stokesay Castle in Shropshire for sheer bucolic loveliness, Viroconium, Whitby parish church (built by boatbuilders and it shows) for oddity value, Snelland parish church for real oddity value, Saltaire (for some muscular industrial altruism and a pint) and Kenmure Castle.

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Old 1st April 2010, 12:04 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Dunbeg fort on the Slea Head in Kerry is one of those places I love going back to. It is an ancient ringfort on the cliffs facing out into the Atlantic. There is nothing really spectacular about it, except for the scenery which allows the imagination to run riot.
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Old 1st April 2010, 12:16 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I have to admit, nj1, I've been to Carlaeon on two occasions when we were guests of the Ermine Street Guard.

Being a Roman Soldier in the arena is an experience beyond description.
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Old 29th June 2010, 07:32 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Gettysburg, Pa....that may change if I ever get to Greece to visit Thermopylae....
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Old 30th June 2010, 02:32 PM   #22 (permalink)
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That I've visited:

- the Acropolis of Athens (yeah, I teared up a bit as I walked up the steps, so what!?)
- the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion



That I've not visited:

- Abu Simbel (I am incredibly desperate to go to Egypt)
- Petra
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Old 31st July 2010, 07:40 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Can't get enough of castles ; British castles especially. You can keep your Colliseum , Pyramids and Italian Cathedrals , castles are where its at. Warwick is a particular favourite , but there are many , many fascinating fortresses still standing in Scotland and especially Wales, Conwy and Caernarvon being especially cool
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Old 31st July 2010, 09:46 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Can't get enough of castles ; British castles especially. You can keep your Colliseum , Pyramids and Italian Cathedrals , castles are where its at. Warwick is a particular favourite , but there are many , many fascinating fortresses still standing in Scotland and especially Wales, Conwy and Caernarvon being especially cool
Warwick's great but I prefer Tamworth, far more spooky and built on the site of the ancient capital of Mercia.
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Old 25th August 2010, 08:58 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I have now been to Vindolanda and it was good. They were digging then too, and what was nice is they don't mind stopping to talk to you about what they are doing!
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Old 21st March 2012, 11:45 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I'll put a punt in for the only thing interesting in my town: Carrickfergus Castle. Pretty much intact Norman castle, one of the best preserved in the UK, stronghold of John de Courcy when he took Ulster for Strongbow and cracking views over the lough.
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Old 21st March 2012, 05:26 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Back in Scotland, it would be Dunottar Castle, South of Aberdeen, perched on a cliff above the North Sea. It's a ruin now, but still impressive.

Here in Bulgaria though, it would have to be the fortress of Tsarevets. It too is no longer in its fullest glory, but is still absolutely magnificent, not to mention, huge.
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Old 21st March 2012, 08:31 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Teotihuacan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teotihuacan

Time felt very thin there. The right gesture just might brush aside a veil and allow one to step back 2000 years into a bustling, very different world.
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Old 22nd March 2012, 06:39 PM   #29 (permalink)
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My two favourites are both on Orkney -
Skara Brae and Maes Howe. Incredible places
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Old 12th August 2012, 03:39 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Thomas Edison's Menlo Park laboratory in Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI.

Henry Ford relocated it to his museum in the 1920's. All of it: the long brick building, the equipment and apparatus, classic laboratory glassware, tools & chemicals & even the power plant that provided it electricity. All in their original physical state & position. You can go up and gaze all around as long as you want but you can't cross the barrier and go into the laboratory itself.

From lab notebooks to chemical jars with original manufacture labels dating back to the early 20th century, everything remains as it was. Undisturbed. A haunting, amazing thing to see up close.
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