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  • History | Netherlands > Vorden
    Updated at May 22,2013

    From park De Hoge Veluwe we continued to the town of Vorden (44 minutes drive), an historic town that dates to the 12th century. We saw an amazing clusters of old castles... I think I counted eight :-) 

  • History | Peru > Jauja
    Updated at Jul 3,2013

    The city of Jauja, known in Pre-Colombian times as Xauxa, was a settlement before the Inca arrived. The Xauxa people had to endure the Incan penetration after Pachacutec demarcated the borders of the empire and Jauja was included in the Inca territories. The Xauxes eventually accepted Inca domination, became confederates and contributed warriors to the campaign of political expansion toward Quito.

  • History | Australia > Hill End
    Updated at Aug 5,2013


    "Hill End is a gold miner’s town which saw the better part of its days in the 70’s… the 1870’s that is. For some reason, things took a bad turn and almost all of the town’s inhabitants have found a better place to live. In the 1960’s, the NWPS took matters into their own hands, and transformed the place into a touristic town, with walking trails, guided tours, a museum and look-outs. In the morning, after a dreadful night of thunder and lightning and a little rain, we set out to tour the area. It is definitely part of the interesting local history".

  • History | United Kingdom
    Updated at Mar 12,2014

    Grrenford to South Kenton (including HARROW-ON-THE-HILL and HARROW SCHOOL): Capital Ring Section 9.

    Source: capital Ring web site: http://www.walklondon.org.uk/uploads/File/leaflets/cr9directions_31052010143029.pdf

    Distance: 12 km.

    Attention:

    The original web site states that the route is only 9 km. From my experience it is about 12 km. After strolling in Harrow-on-the-Hill and Harrow School (quite demanding because of the hilly vroads in the village (!) - you'll need quite a lot of a patience and fit to find your way entering and exiting Nortpick Golf park.

    Anoter warning: IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN TO TAKE PHOTOS OF HARROW SCHOOL STUDENTS.

    Start: Greenford Station.
    End: South Kenton Station. 
    Main Attractions: Paradise Fields Wetlands, the Grand Union Canal towpath, the view from the 84m high summit of Horsenden Hill, Horsenden Wood oak trees, Harrow-on-the-Hill and the Harrow school buildings of Harrow School.

    Introduction: This walk of is mainly level on firm ground – tarmac, pavements and grass. However, there is a steep slope up orsenden Hill and another up to Harrow-on-the-Hill. Some of the tracks might be a bit muddy and slippery in wet weather and others are uneven.  There are some steps, kissing gates and the only stile on the Capital Ring; so much of the section is not accessible for wheelchairs.

    There are pubs and cafés at Greenford, Sudbury Hill, Harrow-on-the-Hill and South Kenton and public toilets at Horsenden Hill Visitor Centre.

    There are break points at Sudbury Hill, Sudbury Hill Harrow, a long link to
    Harrow-on-the-Hill and Northwick Park, all on the underground or national rail, as well as buses along the way.

    Directions:
    From Greenford Station, cross the road and turn left under the bridge. Turn right along Rockware Avenue, passing the station bus stops. Cross the main road (Greenford Road), then turn left towards the Westway Cross Shopping Park sign, where Section 9 of the Capital Ring starts.

    Keep ahead along a shared-use track. Continue through a tunnel under the retail park access road into Paradise Fields Wetlands:

    Paradise Fields Wetlands was created on the site of the former Greenford

    Golf Course and has quickly established itself as a haven for wildlife. The
    site is now managed primarily for nature conservation and comprises reed beds, wetland areas and hay meadows. A number of rare bird species nest here, including reed buntings and several species of warbler. In recent years a pair of lapwing has bred, a rare occurrence in Greater London. Look at the information panels that tell you about the three walks in the area and follow the purple posts for the one around Paradise Fields.

    Follow the main path around to the right, passing a pond with a viewing
    platform. After crossing a stream, the path rises to a footbridge:

    Just before the bridge, bear left down a slope on to a canal towpath, where you turn right. Follow the towpath for nearly a mile to a road bridge, known as Ballot Box Bridge:

    Pass under the bridge, then turn right off the towpath and go through the first gap in a fence to Horsenden Lane. Go the right and cross back over the canal on a footbridge. The main route continues ahead past the drive to Horsenden Farm but there is an alternative route taking in the Horsenden Hill Visitor Centre, located in the old farm buildings. Follow the trail of wooden sculptures, which are also seats:

    Turn left through a car park to the 19th century former farmhouse and
    farmyard. The visitor centre has information panels, leaflets and toilets. On leaving the visitor centre, instead of retracing your steps, continue up
    through the gate into the wood. If you do not wish to make the diversion to the Visitor Centre, continue past the entrance and turn right into the wood to start the steep climb up Horsenden Hill. Follow the signs upwards and at a major path junction, turn right to continue the climb up steps to reach the summit of Horsenden Hill:

    Horsenden Hill at around 275 feet (84m) provides one of the finest
    natural viewpoints in London and is a popular kite-flying spot. On a clear
    day, looking west, you can see the Chiltern Hills, while to the north lies
    Harrow-on-the-Hill with the spire of St. Mary’s Church. During World War I, the summit came to the fore with the siteing of an anti-aircraft gun pulled by a horse – a defence against German airships. 2,500 years ago, Iron Age people settled on Horsenden Hill leaving behind large amounts of pottery. The Iron Age settlement is now a Scheduled Ancient monument. A major change in the area occurred in the 1800s with the opening of the Paddington arm of the Grand Junction Canal. This enabled hay, the area’s main product, to be shipped into London in great bulk and in return London sent Horsenden ‘Mack’ – an unpleasant mix of street sweepings, fish and meat offal and horse droppings – to be used as manure for the fields.

    Keep ahead across the summit, where a disused reservoir lies beneath the surface. Pass the Capital Ring signpost and continue on the same line on grass towards trees. Fork half left downhill into Horsenden Wood with its beautiful old oak trees,

    then bear half right beside some tree trunks that line your rather indistinct path; keep a sharp eye out for the Capital Ring marker. At a tarmac footpath, turn right for 40m, then left on another indistinct path, keeping parallel to the garden fences over to the right. The path emerges from the wood at a major path junction by the end of Whitton Drive. (Sudbury station can be reached from here - turn right along Whitton Drive, cross Whitton Avenue East then turn right and follow the signs to Sudbury Town Station) Continuing along the Capital Ring, turn left along the tarmac path that follows a hedge and ditch. At the end, by the Ballot Box pub, turn right along busy Horsenden Lane North to pass some shops. Where Horsenden Lane swings left, by the brick-built All Hollows Church, cross the road and keep ahead along the opposite side of Melville Avenue. At the main road (Whitton Avenue East), turn left to cross at the traffic lights, then turn right and left into Ridding Lane. Follow Ridding Lane as it swings left and continues as a broad, tarmac footpath to rejoin Greenford Road. Turn right over the Piccadilly Line bridge, then cross over to Sudbury Hill Station and turn right past the shops. At Sudbury Hill Harrow Station (opposite the Rising Sun pub), turn left along South Vale for 300m. You will pass several football pitches on the right. At the sharp left bend, cross over to a grassy area with a bench. Keep ahead to follow a leafy, rather uneven footpath steeply uphill among trees. Shown on maps as Green Lane, this is locally known as Piggy Lane. At the top, cross South Hill Avenue and keep ahead along the main road, Sudbury Hill. Just before Mount Park Avenue, cross at the refuge and continue along the right hand pavement, now in London Road. Where the main road bends left, keep ahead on London Road into Harrow-on-the-Hill. Continue past the village green. A little further on, a diversion sharp left down West Street

    leads past the aptly named tea shop, Tea at Three, to the only remaining pub in the village, the Castle:

    There is also a fine granite drinking fountain here. To reach Harrow on the Hill station bear left onto Church Hill. Go through the gate of St Mary’s Church and turn left along a tarmac path passing the church door. At a path junction turn right to descend to the end of a road called Roxborough Park. Shortly turn right along a fenced tarmac path and on reaching The Grove Open Space bear left down to the A404 Lowlands Road. Turn left to the traffic lights, cross and turn right, then left along Station Road to climb the steps up to Harrow on the Hill station.

    Over the years, Harrow School has grown to occupy much of the village,
    with buildings scattered in all directions. On Church Hill is the original school building; a plaque says it was finished in 1619. Harrow School was
    established in 1572 by John Lyons, a local farmer and landowner. The
    pupils (all boys) can often be seen scurrying between buildings, wearing
    their distinctive straw boaters; there are 800 pupils spread around in 11
    boarding houses in the village. As one of Britain’s foremost public  schools, over the years it has educated many leading notables, including Winston Churchill, Pandit Nehru, Lord Byron, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Anthony Trollope. Lord Byron was at Harrow School as a boy and his little daughter Allegra (by Clair Clairmont) is buried in an unmarked grave outside St Mary’s Church, very near to the south porch; a plaque commemorates the place.

    To continue on Section 9 keep ahead along the High Street passing Harrow School’s library and chapel on your right, while on your left lies the impressive Gothic-style Speech Room. Turn right down the steep Football Lane, between more school buildings. Where the lane bears right, by the school’s music faculty, keep ahead on a track down to the school playing fields:

    The public right of way continues ahead across pitches, but the Capital Ring follows an alternative permissive route by agreement with Harrow School, and this is waymarked. Turn left along a track, then turn right beside a row of trees. In 100m turn half left and follow the waymarks across grass beside more pitches to Watford Road, after crossing the only stile on the Capital Ring.

    Cross the road and bear half left into a wood, along the Ducker Path –
    taking its name from Harrow School’s swimming pond, which was once
    located here; the path is quite uneven. Follow the earth path around to the right, now with the extensive buildings of Northwick Park Hospital on your left. It incorporates St Mark’s Hospital, one of the world’s leading research centres for alimentary disorders. Go through a gate into Northwick Park Golf Centre, ( Note: there is no signpost in the entrance to the Golf Park - indicating it is the Nortwick Golf Park !!!). and follow the MOST LEFT path along the low fence path, stay close to the high chain-link fence and keep it on your right hand side; it gives some protection from stray golf balls. This path is quite rough and muddy, but do not be tempted to follow the track inside the golf course as you will not be able to exit at the other end. At the far end, you go through a gate to enter Northwick Park itself. For Northwick Park Station, turn left along the tarmac path.

    The Capital Ring goes right, keeping ahead at the pavilion car park and along a drive. Just before the park exit, turn left on grass and follow the right-hand edge of a playing field. Just before the end, turn right to leave the park into Nathans Road then turn left for South Kenton Station subway and station.

  • History | Portugal > Coimbra
    Updated at Jul 19,2014

    Torre de Almedina, belong's to the city museum and show us how it was the medieval city. You can see a model with an explanation about the city walls and, on the top of the towe,r you have an beautifull and panoramic view.

  • History | Spain > Madrid
    Updated at May 22,2013

    (9) Retiro park - Large park which I liked very much.
    Also near the lake there's the crystal palace and the monument to king Alfonso XII.

  • History | Malaysia > Kuala Lumpur Malaysia > Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Kuala Lumpur City Centre Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
    Updated at May 22,2013

    The Kings Palace is another favourite spot. Its ornate gateway makes the perfect frame for a photo opportunity, and is always guarded by two dashing cavalrymen in claret uniform upon gleaming horses.

  • History | Netherlands > Medemblik
    Updated at May 22,2013

    We visited Radboud Castle, located in east side of the harbor. The castle was built at the end of the 13th century by Floris the 5th, count of Holland, mainly to stop the attacks of the German Frisians. The Count was murdered not long after (1296), and during the centuries the castle was neglected. In 1889 it became property of the crown and was restored to be used as a courthouse. During the second world war the Rijksmuseum hid Rembrandt's painting, “Night Watch” in the castle, before it was moved to a bunker in the dunes.

    In the castle there is an exhibition of history of the castle and of Medemblik. You’ll have to climb up a spiral staircase in the wall of the tower to get to it, but it’s worth it. From there you can go down to the prison, or drink a something warm (or cold) in the coffee room of the castle.

  • History | Netherlands > Muiden, The Netherlands
    Updated at May 22,2013

    We drove to the town of Muiden, in the mouth of the Vecht River, not far from Amsterdam. This historical town dates at least as early as the 10th century, when Otto the great, the founder of the Holy Roman Empire, gave it as a present to the Cathedral of Saint Martin in Utrecht. In the beginning of the 12th century Muiden was granted some city rights by Henry the fifth. Today only about 4,000 people reside in the town.

  • History | China > Xi'an > Lintong
    Updated at May 22,2013

    The mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang - the first Emperor of China -is located in Lintong District, 30 Km east of Xi'an. The mausoleum was built between 246BC and 208BC. It is an Imperial Palace above a subterranean city.

    The pit of the Terracotta soldiers was discovered in 1974 by local peasants, about 1.5 km from the exterior eastern wall of the mausoleum's inner room. Pit 1 contained an army of 1,087 warriors, infantry and cavalry in battle formation with archers protecting the flanks. Today it is estimated that there are a potential 6,000 statues of warriors and horses in that one pit alone. Two other pits were discovered just north of Pit 1 and were found to contain similar items - 1,500 warriors, carts and horses in Pit 2, and 68 officers and dignitaries and a cart with four horses in Pit 3.

    Because of their exceptional technical and artistic qualities, the terracotta warriors and horses and the funerary carts in bronze are major works in the history of Chinese sculpture prior to the reign of the Han dynasty. The army of statues also bears unique testimony to the military organization in China at the time of the Warring Kingdoms (475-221 BC) and that of the short-lived Empire of a Thousand Generations (221-210 BC).