Gdansk – ul Mariacka

The above picture was taken in Gdansk today, 6th August 2018. The houses are beautiful with drain pipes, gargoyles, and windows. It’s hard to believe that this entire street and almost all of the old town of Gdansk was rebuilt after WWII based on drawings, paintings, and documents.

10 of the best eccentric attractions in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Weird wonders, including a prowl around Amsterdam’s cat museum, a truly deep Transylvanian theme park and ‘Stalin’s World’ in Lithuania, have made readers embrace the quirky.

Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including

Travels through History : France

Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland

Johannesburg’s Ponte City: ‘the tallest and grandest urban slum in the world’ – a history of cities in 50 buildings

In an inner-city neighbourhood gradually shedding its crime-riddled skin, Ponte is a symbol of the renaissance sweeping South Africa’s commercial capital

How crowdfunding could see Nero’s villa re-emerge into Rome’s sunlight

Nero’s grandiose villa in Rome is slowly emerging from centuries of neglect. But the final push to fully open up the Domus Aurea to visitors will require some fiddly financial arrangements, in the form of crowdfunding

Moscow’s Narkomfin building: Soviet blueprint for collective living – a history of cities in 50 buildings

Shared living spaces and the emancipation of women from domestic drudgery were at the forefront of the Narkomfin’s groundbreaking design. So why was this building rejected almost as soon as it was completed?

Houston’s Astrodome was the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ when it opened

Fifty years old, can the vast, abandoned Houston Astrodome find unlikely redemption as one of the world’s largest indoor parks?