Things To Do On Calton Hill

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Calton Hill is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Edinburgh. A magical place with panoramic views and lots to do. For travelers who tire of the city, Calton Hill is a great escape located in the city center. Take in the enchanting views of Arthur’s Seat, the sea, Holyrood Palace, and so much more! Though there are many reasons to visit Calton Hill, here are my top five.  Read more

Blar Culloden a Jacobites Poem of Loss

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Background: The Jacobite’s fought against the British to restore the Scottish Stuart monarch to the throne. Outnumbered 9000 to 6000 the British brutally wiped out 2000 Scots ultimately leading to the end of the Jacobite army resistance and the victory for the Hanover King George II. The poem flashes through time as the soldier remembers life in his last moments.

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6 Facts about King Louis XIV the Man Behind Versailles

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History of monarchs has always been my favorite subject to research. I mean how could it not be? The wild stories of romance, chaos and war are something straight out of a fairytale! Imagine yourself a young monarch stocked with money, power and adoring (or not so adoring) subjects. The possibilities are endless and that’s what makes history so exciting (for me anyway).

Let’s kick off our first “And the rest was history” with a few interesting facts about the Sun King, Louis XIV of France.

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History of the Paris Catacombs

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If history has taught us anything, it’s that sickness and war are inevitable. Europe, in particular, is a place with a long history of battles, illness, and high death tolls. In my last post, I mentioned King Louis XIV had constantly raged war and accumulated debt for France. What happens when war, famine, and illness strike a city? Death and overpopulated graves. Explore the history of what lies below the Parisian streets for a bone-chilling experience.

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