“One of the things that I love to do is travel around the world and look at archaeological sites. Because archaeology gives us an opportunity to study past civilizations, and see where they succeeded and where they failed. Use science to, you know, work backwards and say, ‘Well, really, what were they thinking?’” ~Nathan Myhrvold
I love visiting places with ancient archeology to explore, a wonderful gateway to learning more about that place’s history and culture. So far, I’ve enjoyed the Acropolis in Athens; Pompei, the Colissuem and many others in Italy; Petra and Jerash in Jordan; Baalbek in Lebanon; Machu Picchu, Sacsahuaman and several others in Peru; Ayutthaya in Thailand; Stonehenge in the UK plus a slew of Roman amphitheatres across various countries in Europe.
There are so many more on my wishlist, including sites in Cambodia, Chile, China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Syria and several others.
Do you also love to visit archaeological sites? Which ones have been your favourites?
These ruins are the beautiful Temples of Baalbek in Lebanon, which we visited in 2011 on a wonderful gastronomical tour of the country. Baalbek is located in the Beqaa Valley, about 50 miles northeast of Beirut, and about 12 miles from the Syrian border. Although excavations and historical records show that the area has been occupied since 200 years BC, the temples are believed to date from the Roman era, built on the foundations of an earlier site.
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