This week (August 25th), in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act creating the National Park Service in the US, which for the last 100 years has protected some of America’s most valuable assets, its wildernesses, from the greed of man and the onslaught of ‘progress’. It was a great day in history and to celebrate, if you are anywhere near a National Park in the US, get yourself there this weekend because admission is free. Then come back and share with us at this week’s travel theme.
If like me you are nowhere near a National Park in the US, why not find something equally historic to celebrate. Here are a few historic moments I’ve had on my travels, starting with Rome‘s ancient Forum.
Ancient Mayan temples peeping out above the jungles of Tikal.
The sun goes down behind the Temple of Apollo in Side, Turkey.
The medieval ruins of the Rock of Dunamase near Portlaoise in Ireland.
Are you ready to dust off your historical photos and create your own interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome to join in!) here’s what to do:
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People tend to forget that the word “history” contains the word “story”. – Ken Burns
History is politics projected into the past. – M.N. Pokrovsky