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Abandoned Places

People & What They Leave Behind

Here at the SGE, we’re always thrilled to come across an explorer of abandoned places we’ve not seen before. In this edition of the Fellow Explorer’s Club, we’re excited to spend some time with Brad Perkins, a Chicago based explorer and photographer, whose adventures have taken him around the world, […]

Adventure Travel

The Beautiful World of the Bothy

Picture yourself on an expedition through the wild Scottish Highlands, with the weather and evening drawing in and no possible place to find shelter for the night. Until in the middle of nowhere, you spot what looks like an abandoned cottage, like an oasis in the desert but made of […]

Secret Histories

Life in Isolation – The Futuro House!

Silently, they stand like sentinel beings. Some are half hidden in forests, others perched on rocky outcrops overlooking towns, whilst a few lie rusting and forgotten in people’s back gardens. Sleek and egg shaped, you could be forgiven for mistaking them for flying saucers, the rows of windows looking not […]

Adventure Travel

Life in Isolation – the World’s Northernmost City

ISOLATION SPECIAL – NORILSK, SIBERIA. With many of us experiencing life in isolation for the first time, we’re turning our attention to those far flung places where people live solitary lives all year long. In this edition we’re heading into the remote Siberian winter to explore the world’s northernmost city, […]

Abandoned Places

Pripyat’s Forgotten Football Team

Hidden somewhere in Ukraine is a perfect rectangular forest of trees. If you stand in the middle, it seems like a normal, overgrown forest of pine, fir and silver birch trees, all around thirty feet tall. It is only the peculiar straight edges of the forest, just over a hundred […]

Abandoned Places

The Beauty of Sweden’s Abandoned Mines

In the world of exploring abandoned places, there is nothing quite as thrilling as venturing deep underground into a deserted mine. It takes a special type of explorer who goes beyond the abandoned factories, asylums, hospitals and mansions, where you can find traces of recent visitors – vandals and their […]

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 […]