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Secret Histories

Ernest Hemingway’s Last One Cent Coin

Today is the 120th anniversary of the birth of one of our favourite writers here at the SGE, Ernest Hemingway. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d share with you one of our favourite Hemingway stories, something we came across when visiting his house in Key West: the tale of […]

Abandoned Places

A Forgotten New York Railroad Station

One of America’s most charming railway journeys can be found in New York. The Hudson Line of the Metro North Railroad, speeds through the Hudson River Valley, passing through quaint small villages such as Cold Spring, Tarrytown and Beacon, the rail line hugging the riverbank, often just several feet outside […]

Adventure Travel

The Last Lost Places

“From the top of the ridge, across one last valley, Lawrence could finally see his destination. A lost city at the top of the world.” Welcome to the wonderful world of The Last Lost Places! Lost cities and places have long captured the imagination of explorers. From Helike in Ancient […]

Cocktail Hour

The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel

Leave the maddening crowds of Bourbon Street behind and step into the plush confines of the Roosevelt Hotel, where you’ll find, steps from the grand lobby, the perfect place to escape the humidity of New Orleans; the elegant Sazerac Bar. A beautiful, soothing oasis panelled with dark African wood, filled […]

Abandoned Places

The Beauty of Forgotten Places

In this edition of the Fellow Explorer’s Club, we caught up with explorer, photographer, and author of the book ‘Abandoned New York – The Forgotten Beauties’, Jenn Brown. Based out of Long Island, Brown’s photography hauntingly captures the beauty of decaying houses, hospitals, factories and places of worship throughout the […]

Abandoned Places

The Ruins of a Mountaintop Casino

We recently came across a wonderful postcard, printed by the Detroit Photographic Company in 1902, of a ‘Casino on Summit, Mount Beacon, NY’. It shows a charming, white wooden building, about the size of a large Victorian house, perched upon a clifftop, overlooking sweeping views of the Hudson River. In […]

Secret Histories

The Mystery of the Quiet Birdmen

Whilst recently conducting some research in the archives of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, we came across a peculiar artifact: a small copper coloured membership card, stamped with what looked like blue pilot wings and a shield, and a mysterious sounding inscription. About the size of a regular business […]

Cocktail Hour

The World Famous Sultana Bar

We first came across the Sultana Bar in downtown Williams, Arizona whilst crossing the United States by train a few years ago. What first caught the eye was a worn looking neon sign in the shape of a martini glass advertising ‘cocktails’ and ‘package goods’. If you ever see the […]

Abandoned Places

Welcome to the Bureau of Exploration!

Here at the SGE, we love exploring, and are always excited to meet other Societies, groups or individuals who share our passion for discovering the worlds’ wonders. One of our new favourites is the Bureau of Exploration, a semi-secret society we came across on Instagram @bureau_exploration that are “dedicated to […]