We are not the makers of history. We are made by history.
– Martin Luther King Jr.
History is what makes us who we are. It is what shapes the places we travel to and creates the cultures of those we meet. I believe that it is not possible to truly know somewhere without knowing its past.
My (slightly obscure) areas of interest
- Vikings and Norse mythology
- The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- Explorers (such as Marco Polo, James Cook
- WWI and WWII (battlefield, sites, stories, cemeteries, memorials, etc)
- Architecture through the ages (especially castles and their fortifications, town walls, religious buildings, gothic revival and stained glass windows)
- Ancient (and modern) wood and stone carvings
- Volcanic eruptions, their impact and eye-witness accounts
- The race to the South Pole
- The downfall of the Romanov’s (with particular interest in the 4 girls – OTMA)
These is obviously a lot more to history that I enjoy learning about and experiencing, but these have always been things that have captured my attention and I have not been able to shake. I enjoy visiting museums and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I am also a big fan of the National Trust and English Heritage in the UK as they are helping to preserve historic sites, buildings and monuments.
When I travel, I like to mix the now with the past. For me, finding out about the history of a place helps me to understand what it is now, and it helps me to connect with the culture of those I meet.