Egypt and Rome are world famous for their monuments, but many history buffs are looking for destinations off the beaten path. Here are four lesser-known destinations with impressive archeological sites that haven’t been inundated with tourists.
Ring of Brodgar, Scotland
Rivaling England’s Stonehenge, the Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic stone circle made of 27 stones arranged around a 341-foot diameter. There were originally 60 stones, erected sometime between 2500 and 2000 BC on the remote Orkney Islands. The nearby Ness of Brodgar is even older by 1,000 years, used as a cathedral or palace in ancient times.
Meroë Pyramids, Sudan
The three Kushite kingdoms of antiquity built the Nubian pyramids of the Nile River Valley. Unlike their Egyptian counterparts, these pyramids are much smaller and narrower, but what they lack in size they make up in sheer number, with more than 200 located in the city of Meroë.
Translating to “City of Persians,” the Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire, one of history’s biggest empires with an estimated 50 million people at its height in 480 BC. The city was destroyed by Alexander the Great’s invasion of Persia in 330 BC, allowing his troops to loot the treasury and beginning a period of decline and ruin.
Ayutthaya is still the capital of its namesake province in Thailand, but it was once capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom during the Middle Ages. King U Thong founded the city after escaping a smallpox outbreak in Lopburi. At its peak in 1700, it had a population of 1 million people, making it one of the largest cities of its time and garnering a reputation as the “Venice of the East.”
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
There are tons of places to hike around the world — possibly even dozen of options just miles from where you currently sit. But some hiking destinations are better than others. Here are a few that will be entirely unforgettable — along with some of the best ways to see them.
Few things in life are as unappealing as smelly shoes. There’s something about the distinctive odor of stanky feet that’s almost vomit-inducing. When you’re traveling, the stench can really sneak up you. Here are some tips for keeping your shoes fresh and ready to stroll.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.