Your Guide to The Most Amazing Libraries In The World [Infographic]

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.


15 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit The Forbidden City in Beijing

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! 


13 Incredible Photos Showing The Jungle Overtaking The Angkor Temples In Cambodia

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. 


What is Old English and How is it Different From Modern-Day English?

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?


Exploring The Empire of Death: Your Guide to The Paris Catacombs

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. 


Visiting The Pyramids of South Korea

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.


Why You Should Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland

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.


Reads For The Road: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

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.


Greek, White & Blue: Why Are The Buildings in Greece Painted White and Blue? 

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. 


Exploring The Queen's Royal Yacht "Britannia" in Edinburgh, Scotland

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.


Queen Nefertiti: The Most Beautiful Woman in Ancient Egypt

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.


The History of Shakespearean Insults

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.


Your Guide to Visiting The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

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.


Why You Need To Watch "Hunting Nazi Treasure" on History

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. 


   Reads For The Road: The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu   The coolest thing about this book is that this crazy story is one hundred percent true!

Reads For The Road: The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu
The coolest thing about this book is that this crazy story is one hundred percent true!

   The 10 Most-Visited Museums In The World   Put your hand up if you LOVE to geek-out in museums when you travel!

The 10 Most-Visited Museums In The World
Put your hand up if you LOVE to geek-out in museums when you travel!

   Reads For The Road: The Spy by Paulo Coelho   This book is based on the life and death of the fascinating Mata Hari.

Reads For The Road: The Spy by Paulo Coelho
This book is based on the life and death of the fascinating Mata Hari.

   The Most Interesting Discoveries Made Using GPR   New technology is completely changing the fields of history and archaeology.

The Most Interesting Discoveries Made Using GPR
New technology is completely changing the fields of history and archaeology.

   What's The Difference Between The Paris Pantheon and The Roman Pantheon?   Did you know there are two famous Pantheons that you can visit in Europe?

What's The Difference Between The Paris Pantheon and The Roman Pantheon?
Did you know there are two famous Pantheons that you can visit in Europe?

   The History of The European Grand Tour   Long before Contiki Tours young aristocrats started travelling to Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome.

The History of The European Grand Tour
Long before Contiki Tours young aristocrats started travelling to Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome.

   Must-See China: Your Guide to Visiting The Terracotta Army in Xian   This life-size army guarded China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

Must-See China: Your Guide to Visiting The Terracotta Army in Xian
This life-size army guarded China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

   In The News: Was The Nazi Train Full of Treasure Discovered?   During World War II, Hitler was obsessed with tracking down treasure.

In The News: Was The Nazi Train Full of Treasure Discovered?
During World War II, Hitler was obsessed with tracking down treasure.

   Must-See NYC: Stunning Egyptian Art and Adornments at The Met   On my last trip to New York, I spent hours at The Met walking around in awe.

Must-See NYC: Stunning Egyptian Art and Adornments at The Met
On my last trip to New York, I spent hours at The Met walking around in awe.

   Lion City: The Chinese "Atlantis" Preserved Underwater for 50 Years!    About 130 feet under Qiandao Lake in China sits a perfectly preserved city.

Lion City: The Chinese "Atlantis" Preserved Underwater for 50 Years!
About 130 feet under Qiandao Lake in China sits a perfectly preserved city.

   What is The Ides of March and Why Should I Beware of It?    The Ideas of March is the day in the Roman calendar that corresponds with March 15.

What is The Ides of March and Why Should I Beware of It?
The Ideas of March is the day in the Roman calendar that corresponds with March 15.

   The Watch List: Hunting Hitler   The show's premise? Answering the question: Did Hitler survive WWII?

The Watch List: Hunting Hitler
The show's premise? Answering the question: Did Hitler survive WWII?

   Visiting the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii   We've all heard of Pearl Harbor — usually in the context of WWII.

Visiting the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
We've all heard of Pearl Harbor — usually in the context of WWII.

   Will Big Ben in London Fall Silent?   An iconic piece of London's history for more than 150 years may soon fall silent.

Will Big Ben in London Fall Silent?
An iconic piece of London's history for more than 150 years may soon fall silent.

   What is the "Memory of the World"?    It sounds like something out of a movie but it is very real and absolutely fascinating.

What is the "Memory of the World"?
It sounds like something out of a movie but it is very real and absolutely fascinating.

   One of the Oldest Maps in The World   This ancient clay tablet is inscribed in cuneiform with a map of the countryside around an important Mesopotamian city.

One of the Oldest Maps in The World
This ancient clay tablet is inscribed in cuneiform with a map of the countryside around an important Mesopotamian city.

   Technology is Allowing Researchers to Read Damaged Texts From Herculaneum   When Mount Vesuvius exploded in Italy in AD 79, it buried the city of  Pompeii .

Technology is Allowing Researchers to Read Damaged Texts From Herculaneum
When Mount Vesuvius exploded in Italy in AD 79, it buried the city of Pompeii.

   Reads For The Road: Mossad   You can't turn on the TV without coming across a show about a covert organization operating somewhere in the world.

Reads For The Road: Mossad
You can't turn on the TV without coming across a show about a covert organization operating somewhere in the world.

   The History of Champagne Glasses     The small saucer shaped champagne glass is often claimed to be modeled on the left breast of Marie Antoinette.

The History of Champagne Glasses
The small saucer shaped champagne glass is often claimed to be modeled on the left breast of Marie Antoinette.

   Did You Know That James Bond Was a Real Person?!     James Bond may not be as fictional as you thought...

Did You Know That James Bond Was a Real Person?!
James Bond may not be as fictional as you thought...

   The Great American Streetcar Conspiracy     Why were streetcars dismantled in the first place?

The Great American Streetcar Conspiracy
Why were streetcars dismantled in the first place?

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