Tag: abandoned

Secret Histories

The Ruins of East Germany’s World’s Fair

The World’s Fairs used to capture the public’s imagination. From the millions who attended such iconic Fairs as the ones held in New York in 1939-40 and 1964-65, to the nostalgia they’re viewed with today, the World’s Fairs were where people could catch glimpses of a better world; seeing such […]

Abandoned Places

Manhattan’s Lost Avenue

In the Society Archives the other day, we were looking at a map of New York City from 1909, and noticed something unusual. The familiar Avenues ran up and down the island, from 1st to 12th, including some of the most famous streets in the world – Madison, Park, Fifth. […]

Adventure Travel

A Desert Island of Ruins & Shipwrecks

Most travellers head to the Caribbean in search of a relaxing, tropical paradise. Here at the SGE however, we prefer our island visits to have a touch of danger and adventure! We heard of a small, uninhabited island, home only to ruins once used to quarantine slaves, a forgotten graveyard, […]

Secret Histories

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 […]

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, […]