Friday, December 01, 2017

A Four Part Trip Through 100 Hundred Years of History

It’s no understatement to say that the past one hundred years have been some of the most monumental in human history. We’ve lived through two world wars, civil strife, and seen the rise of technology - the kind of which would have been considered close to witchcraft by every generation before. We’re prone to looking forward, but it’s always good to look back from time to time, and there’s no better way to do it than by getting out the passport and traveling! With the power of flight, you can walk in the footsteps of history.

Ground Zero

In terms of the modern world, few events have been as influential as the events of September 11, 2001. The impact of that day is still being felt. After years of development, there are now a number of tasteful memorials located closed to where the original World Trade Center buildings stood. Visit Manhattan’s September 11 Memorial and Museum, and marvel at the majestic One World Trade Center, now the tallest building in New York.

Nelson Mandela’s Journey 

Nelson Mandela sadly died in December 2013, but his legacy lives on. During his lifetime, he helped to end apartheid and championed civil rights issues around the world. Take a trip to the Protea Hotel Johannesburg Wanderers, and you’ll be able to learn everything you can about the great man - as well as walk in his footsteps. There’s the Apartheid Museum, and the Soweto & the Mandela Museum. The latter includes a trip to Mandela House, his former home. These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Mandela themed attractions in Johannesburg and across South Africa.

The Sights of World War II

It’s hard to imagine a war more devastating than World War II when 
nations across the globe grouped together to fight one another. No single attraction can recreate the scale of destruction that the war brought, but there are plenty of sights that can begin to show what it might have been like. In Amsterdam, you can visit Anne Frank’s House. In Berlin, there’s the Holocaust Memorial and a host of war era sites. In France, there are few destinations more moving than the American Cemetery, which has 10,000 crosses, one for each American soldier who died fighting the war. You can also take a guided tour of the Dunkirk Battlefield, one of the most famous battles of the 20th century.

To the Stars

The 20th century wasn’t all bad, not by any stretch. In between all the talk of war and oppression, it’s easy to forget that mankind did something that had never been done before: it left earth. And not only did it leave earth, but it also went to the moon! Apollo 11 took off from the Kennedy Space Center, which is open for visitors. Take a trip to the center, which is located in Florida, and see the site that made history!

There are many reasons to travel. Make history one of them! You might just learn something….