Boyana Church, Sofia

While visiting Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, I took the opportunity to visit the medieval church of Boyana. A Unesco World Heritage site, Boyana is a short 8 km drive from central Sofia and is a must see while visiting the area. I had read about Boyana while planning my trip, but was not prepared … Read more

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, has much to offer any traveller interested in history – ancient and modern. Whether its walking through the exposed ruins of Roman Serdica, visiting its many Orthodox Christian Churches, a museum, or strolling through one of its many parks where you can find grand reminders of the countries communist past, … Read more

Coombs Church, West Sussex

Nestled into the slope of the Downs overlooking the Adur Valley sits one of my favourite churches in Sussex. Coombs church is a little gem which is well worth a visit if you are in the area and have an appreciation for all things medieval. The church dates from around 1100, with the nave being … Read more

Malmesbury, Wiltshire

On a recent weekend excursion to the Cotswolds I took the opportunity to visit one of the more interesting and attractive towns in Wiltshire. First attracted to it by the interesting figures that once called it home, you quickly are taken with the winding streets of stone houses, interesting shops and beautiful abbey. It is … Read more

Cissbury Ring, West Sussex, UK

Visiting an Iron Age hill fort like Cissbury Ring is an excellent way to explore Iron Age Britain and what life would have been like for the ancient Celtic speaking peoples in the centuries before the arrival of Roman armies in 43 A.D. Walking its extensive ramparts, you are transported back to a time chieftains … Read more

The Baths of Caracalla, Rome

Attempting to write a brief history based blog on Rome would border on madness as there is just too much history that would need to be covered. How does one cover the Forum, Colosseum, the Vatican and the endless number of ruins that just seem to pop up every time you turn a corner! For … Read more

Vimy Ridge

A place of immense importance to Canada, Vimy Ridge is one of the most important WWI sites that anyone can visit. I have had the privilege of visiting Vimy Ridge many times over my career, and have attended a number of Remembrance Day celebrations, which was a particularly special thing in which to take part. The … Read more

Diocletian’s Palace, Split Croatia

Over the past few years I have known a number of people that have went to Croatia and all have been pleasantly surprised by what they found. I therefore decided that I too would check it out, but where to go? There are many places that we could visit, but one in particular attracted my … Read more

Death Valley

Vegas was never high on my list of places to visit, but when the opportunity arose I was not about to pass it up, and was I glad that I didn’t. While the spaces in that part of America are vast, Vegas is centrally located enough to be the perfect place from which to explore … Read more