With the vast availability of Ebooks and audiobooks, reading from a physical book is becoming more and more uncommon. New technology has allowed us to have access to millions of books at our fingertips.
But, there is still something special about stepping foot inside of a library — a place that has helped mold some of our world’s greatest minds.
In the heart of Beijing — through The Gate of Heavenly Peace guarded by a very large image of Mao Zedong — lies the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China that were off-limits to the public for more than 500 years — the Forbidden City.
Officially, the palace is called The Palace Museum, but most Chinese people simply call it Gù Gōng or Ancient Palace. The complex covers 7,800,000 square feet and contains 980 buildings, some that were capable of holding more than 100,000 people at once!
For hundreds of years, the ancient Khmer rulers put all of their time, and a lot of resources, into filling the jungle with impressive temples that were the seat of both religious and political power in what is now called Cambodia.
When the kingdom at Angkor finally fell near the end of the 16th century, the temples were deserted, and since then have become completely engulfed by the lush, green jungle.
When you read the words “Old English”, I am sure that the first thing that pops into your head are passages from Shakespeare's plays and words like "thou" and "ye".
I am afraid, however, that you would be incorrect.
The English that Shakespeare used is actually called Early Modern English.
So, what is Old English?
After taking 130 spiraling steps 20 meters below the streets of Paris, I found myself on the verge of my very first panic attack. I had never felt the fear of claustrophobia before, but I was pretty sure that it was the reason why I couldn’t catch my breath.
Blinking, I tried to get my eyes to adjust to the dim light, hoping that getting a clear view would calm me down. The light revealed nothing but a narrow dirt pathway leading into ominous darkness — not helpful.
Located in Gyeongju, South Korea, the hills — called tumuli — contain the remains of ancient kings and queens.
They are the pyramids of Korea, filled with offerings, artifacts, and the bodies of ancient rulers. Made with layers of gravel, stone, clay, and dirt, each tumulus contains a wooden chamber at its core where the remains are stored.
I have to admit, I get a certain thrill (okay, I totally geek-out) when I get to visit a place that I've seen on the big screen — Rosslyn Chapel did not disappoint.
Made famous in the film version of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, this ornately carved church overlooks the beautiful rolling hills of rural Scotland at the edge of the town of Roslin.
Did you know that T Rex lived ONLY in the western part of North America? That there were pygmy dinosaurs living on islands in what is now Europe? And that most dinosaurs had feathers?!
What we know about the age of the dinosaurs has changed A LOT since I was in school, which became very apparent when I started reading paleontologist Steve Brusatte's book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.
If I were to ask you to close your eyes and picture the Greek Islands, what would you see?
White sand? Feta cheese? Brad Pitt dressed as Achilles?
Yes, you may see Brad, sand, and cheese, but if you are anything like me, the first image that will pop into your head will be of whitewashed walls and bright blue rooftops — the classic buildings of Greece, especially the Greek Islands, and the subject of posters plastered all over the walls of travel agencies around the world.
Now, it is no Buckingham Palace, but what makes the Britannia so interesting is that it served as the Royal Family's floating home during foreign travels from its launch in 1953 until it was decommissioned in 1997.
It was one of the few places where the family could have complete privacy (well as much privacy as you can have with a full staff around you) and offers an intriguing look at the queen's private, traditional, and unfussy British taste.
Like Helen of Troy, the beauty of Queen Nefertiti has been documented throughout history and her likeness has been studied and revered since it's discovery.
Egypt's second most famous queen (after Cleopatra, of course) Queen Nefertiti was the wife of Akhenaten (formally known as Amenhotep IV) who came to the throne in 1352 BC and reigned for 17 years.
If you love Shakespeare, then you may know that April 23 is both his birthday and death day — the perfect day to celebrate and remember his legacy. (This is an especially special day for bookworms, as it is also World Book Day.)
Over the course of two decades, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays that are praised for their ability to showcase the full range of the human experience.
The camo-clad American soldier stood up from his seat at the front of the bus and faced us.
He waited until he had everyone’s attention and then, his voice conveying no emotion, informed us that the sparse forest on either side of the dirt road we were driving down was devoid of any signs of human activity because it was full of active landmines.
The eight-part investigative series Hunting Nazi Treasure (premieres Oct 24, 2017) chronicles one of the greatest thefts in history, and the epic quest that an international team of experts embarked on to locate billions in art, gold, and other treasure that was stolen by the Nazi's during the Second World War.