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The Vanderbilt’s Abandoned Salt Water Pool

The Vanderbilts were once the richest family in America. Bankrolled by Cornelius Vanderbilt’s vast shipping and railroad empire, they spent money in an astonishing fashion during the Gilded Age, until it all disappeared, in what has become known as ‘The Fall of the House of the Vanderbilts’. The most storied […]

Abandoned Places

A Ruined Gothic Mansion Hiding in the Woods

The grand mansion which inspired an entire generation of Manhattan socialites, lies forgotten and decaying in the Hudson River Valley. The first glimpse you get is of the steeple, just a fraction higher than the tree line of the surrounding forest. As we walk further along the overgrown path, you […]

Cocktail Hour

Harry’s New York Bar

When Ian Fleming decided upon a favourite bar in Paris for James Bond, there was only one option for the discerning secret agent; the oldest cocktail bar in Europe – the legendary Harry’s New York Bar. According to the 1960 short story “A View To A Kill,” when in Paris, […]

Cocktail Hour

Welcome to Cocktail Hour!

“Personally, I had no doubts. I never waivered. Hot Scotch-and-water was the stuff for me…….I seemed to see the beaker smiling at me across the misty fields, beckoning me on, as it were, and saying ‘Courage, Bertram! It will not be long now!’” -Very Good Jeeves, P.G.Wodehouse, 1930. Whenever out […]

Adventure Travel

A Graveyard for Explorers

In the shadow of North America’s tallest mountain, there is a quiet cemetery. Step inside and you’ll not find rows of traditional looking gravestones. Here, the memorials are much more personal in nature; small boulders with simple brass plaques; some take the form of broken airplane propellor props sticking out […]

Cocktail Hour

Captain Tony’s Saloon

Down in Key West, its Sloppy Joe’s on Duval Street that draws the raucous crowds. But we prefer the more locals flavour of Captain Tony’s Saloon, right around the corner on Greene Street. After all, its not every bar that has Victorian period gravestones embedded on the floor by the […]

Abandoned Places

A Forgotten Airplane Lost in the Caribbean

Continue your search for the Dharma Initiative with this passenger jet lying forgotten on a Caribbean Island, slowly being reclaimed by nature.  ©Nothing quite captures the imagination than discovering the ruins of a wrecked airplane. Recently the Society for Gentleman Explorers discovered just such a plane, hidden away on the […]

Adventure Travel

Exploring the Beautiful Churches of Iceland

Iceland is filled with many breathtaking sights. But some of the country’s most beautiful features are often over looked: its churches. Indeed when people first arrive in Iceland, it is not the volcanic waters of the Blue Lagoon, or the spectacular waterfalls of Gullfoss that first take the breath away, […]