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Abandoned Places

The Ruined Russian Palace Abandoned by the KGB

Walk through the misty forests surrounding the small village of Semenvskoe, fifty miles west of Moscow, and you’ll stumble upon the crumbling ruins of a once beautiful palace. The sapling trees give way to overgrown sunken gardens, the remnants of a boating lake, and empty flowerbeds. Explore further and you’ll […]

Abandoned Places

The Last Relics of Imperial Russia

All over Russia, in the distant corners of the vast country, lie the ruins and remnants of an older way of life; grand, ornate churches, whose spires and onion shaped domes soar over the rural landscape; small family cottages, often beautifully painted in bright reds, oranges and greens, and decorated […]

Cocktail Hour

Clärchen’s Ballhaus

For this edition of Bar of the Week, we’re stepping back in search of the old Weimar Berlin: a lost city that for a brief moment between the two World Wars, was the most decadent and dazzling of all the cities in Europe. Berlin “had a jewel-like sparkle, especially at […]

Secret Histories

The Secret History of Abercrombie & Fitch

On the corner of Fifth Avenue and east 56th Street in Manhattan, is the flagship store for Abercrombie & Fitch, the colossal corporate clothing company that outfits millions of teens with their distinctive A&F logo. “A casual, classic, All-American lifestyle brand, synonymous with quality,” runs their own PR, for a […]

Abandoned Places

The Places Left Behind

We’ve spent countless hours tracking down and exploring abandoned places; from asylums, prisons and Victorian houses, to Cold War missile bases and derelict mansions from the Gilded Age. By and large, most of these places have been stripped bare, leaving only a decaying shell of a building which once teemed […]

Adventure Travel

Time to Enroll at Oddball University!

Autumn is fast approaching, and with it the beginning of a new school term. Whilst Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton and Yale all undoubtedly have their charms, there’s only one seat of higher education where you can learn all about the Room of Forgotten Souls, where to find the world’s largest Bowie […]

Abandoned Places

The Ruins of the White Lake Mansion House Hotel

Overlooking a beautiful lake in New York’s Catskills is a large crumbling ruin. Painted completely white, its peeling paint, two wrap around porches and imposing grandeur wouldn’t look out of place in a Louisiana plantation. The vast lawns that stretch down to the lakeside are over grown, and it lies […]