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Old 08-12-2006, 19:24   #1
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Places of Historical Interest

I've just been reading an amazing online blog written by a reporter who has visited Chernobyl to see first-hand the effects of the disaster. A harrowing but truly fascinating read.

With it's historical interest, Chernobyl would be a fascinating place to visit, although it obviously isn't without it's dangers. It probably wouldn't be everyones cup of tea for an historical tour, so were would you like to visit and why?

My personal choice would be Berlin. It looks such a beautiful city and seems to touch everyone who visits because of it's historical past.
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Old 08-12-2006, 19:28   #2
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I've always wanted to see Roslyn chapel near Edinburgh because of all its mysterious masonic and templar architecture and still haven't managed it. We finally got there one day last summer but it was closed.
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Old 08-12-2006, 19:29   #3
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I'd like to do the First World War Walks along the Western Front and the Cemeteries. I’d also like to visit every Church in the country along with all the Iron Age and post Roman Dark Age Celtic sites.
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Old 08-12-2006, 20:44   #4
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Auschwitz - just to see how low some of are fellow humans can sink to !! and to know there were just enough real good guys to stand up to em and say "no you don't"

Then to look round at what I've got and say " Aren't I lucky........."
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Old 08-12-2006, 20:55   #5
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Egypt has always been my main interest!!! dunno why but it's just one of those places.
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Old 08-12-2006, 21:11   #6
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,tinkerbelle,With it's historical interest, Chernobyl would be a fascinating place to visit
This 'historical' interest was created by a neuclear reactor going wrong, before that (I will bet you) no one outside Russia even knew where it was!
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Old 08-12-2006, 21:51   #7
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Oh I know that Ianto.W. It's obviously more than unfortunate that the historical interest came about due to a terrible disaster. I feel the same about Auschwitz mentioned by Mickmc, I'd love to visit there too. You can call it a morbid curiosity but I'd like to believe my reasons for wanting to visit these places was for a better understanding.

Auschwitz and Berlin would give you an idea or a degree of understanding of the human misery these people had to endure. Chernobyl on the other hand would give you an idea that would probably be as close as it could be, to what it would be like to an apocalyptic disaster.
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Old 08-12-2006, 23:10   #8
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Berlin is a strange place now. I went went the wall was up and returned in July this year. It seems to have lost some of it's character from an historical viewpoint yet the construction that has taken place since the wall came down has given it some amazing buildings.

Ironically most of the restored historical buildings are on what was the former East side so it was good to see them when I went in July. I didn't try climbing the wall to see them first time round, a bit spooky having guns trained on you while you are walking round.

Still the second favourite city I have been to though.
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Old 08-12-2006, 23:14   #9
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Is the Kü-damm still the same as it was lancsdave?
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Old 08-12-2006, 23:15   #10
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My dad when i was a kid used to drag me round church graveyards when we used to go for days out. He said that it was our history. He used to like reading the inscriptions on the graves.

I would like to go and visit Auschwitz as well. Its our history and its a cemetary as well. I'd love to go back in time and ask hitler why he did what he did.
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Old 08-12-2006, 23:15   #11
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Whats your first then Dave?
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Old 08-12-2006, 23:15   #12
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i notice a lot of people are interested in places connected with the world wars
if you are interested in thes sort of sites i would seriously reccomend a visit to vimy ridge in normandy
i visited this place as a teenager and have yet to find anywhere as peaceful.
for those who dont know vimy ridge was a ww1 battlefield wher the combined allied trenches were in places literally a stones throw from the german trenches and were surrounded by minefields (some still active)
tunnels were dug under the trenches in the hope of attacking from behind
and you can still walk these tunnels
there are also many many fields of war graves from both sides all around the valley
there is also a museum and memorial of remebrance
a truly solemn yet enlightening place to visit
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Is the K-damm still the same as it was lancsdave?

ermm I had my 10 yr old daughter in tow so I don't know. Only passed that way going to the zoo this time.
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a old friend of mine of polish descent visited auschwitz many years ago, and brought back many books, not picture, of all the details etc of people and experiments,was very harrowing, this was early 70s, and he said at that time the strange thing was, he never saw a bird or one fly over the site,and speaking to people there they never did.it was a place i always wanted to visit,but those books changed my mind.funny the place i would love to go to,i have already been in 72, lourdes, but would love to return,one day i will,i worked their for a short time and with 1000s of sick people,many terminal i never met 1 who felt sorry for themself.was very nervous about working with them but it was absolutely great,best crack i ever had.
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