Travel theme: History

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.

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Ancient Mayan temples peeping out above the jungles of Tikal.

Temples I, II and III to the left, temple V to the right, glowing in the sunset

The sun goes down behind the Temple of Apollo in Side, Turkey.

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The medieval ruins of the Rock of Dunamase near Portlaoise in Ireland.

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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:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: History
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

People tend to forget that the word “history” contains the word “story”. – Ken Burns

History is politics projected into the past. –  M.N. Pokrovsky

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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46 Responses to Travel theme: History

  1. aj vosse says:

    Yes… there is always a story! Our turn to share the story! 😉

  2. The National Parks are a treasure and I’ve been enjoying the National Geographic Specials on some of them on TV this week. I’ve been to quite a few and hope to get to many more. I enjoyed seeing your sights this morning, too.


    • ailsapm says:

      Have you seen the Ken Burns series on the National Parks, Janet? Amazing story and the cinematography is stunning. Here’s hoping we manage to protect them for many years to come. xxx

  3. Miriam says:

    Wonderful theme and I love your photos here.

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  5. Awesome photos with lots of memories, no doubt. The Mayan temples… wow.
    Here are mine:
    Have a historical weekend, Ailsa. *hugs*

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  8. munchkinontheroad says:

    Wonderful photos from around the globe!
    Glad you chose this challenge to honor the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, one of the crowning achievements by a United States President.
    My historical photos:

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  14. Hi Ailsa,
    Thanks for another great challenge. Here is my response:

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  17. Sue says:

    Love your examples, Ailsa! I have combined mine with the WordPress challenge of Frame, so I have History in the frame:

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  33. Leya says:

    Lovely theme again, Ailsa! Great series – and here’s my offerings!

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  37. smilecalm says:

    so beautiful!
    wonderful we could
    enjoy parks near
    & dear to us 🙂

  38. Mel & Suan says:

    Very nice! Linking to a post soon!

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