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Wednesday
Dec122012

Embracing the Past

Fed up with too many gadgets to shake a stick at? Has the endless amount of technology started to drive you insane? Maybe you yearn for some good old fashioned entertainment? Whatever your reasons for escaping the modern world there are various opportunities to step back in time and enjoy a taste of the historical.


Image Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

For a taste of history from England, you are a bit spoilt for choice. A replica of the original, the half-timbered theatre-in-the-round, open to the sky takes you back in time as you immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s plays. Facilities are rather a lot less basic than they would have been but it is still a very different experience to your average theatre trip, particularly if you choose to stand in the “groundlings” down by the stage.


Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
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Royal Opera Tea Dance

A much more civilized affair, this is perfect for those looking for a bit of old school grandeur. Once the only place to be to dance the cha-cha, waltz or quick step, the stately Paul Hamlyn Hall now holds regular tea dances throughout the season.

Barkerville Historic Town
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Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire

Barkerville Historic Town – British Colombia

If you fancy venturing a bit further afield, then this Canadian historic site could be the place. Just like in the original gold rush, visitors still flock to see this town locked in the past. Take a tour with colourful characters who will share with you the history of the area. Whilst here you can also pan for gold, visit a school just as it was in the 1800s, watch live theatre and walk through a town of more than 140 restored heritage buildings.

Skansen – Stockholm

This is an open-air museum which has been open since 1891. Once you step inside you can discover what is was like to live in Sweden during the days of yore. The museum features more than 150 reconstructed dwellings scattered over some 30 hectares (74 acres). They were originally built throughout Sweden, from the northern frontier of Lapland to the southern edges of Skåne. There are windmills, manor houses, blacksmith shops and even a complete town quarter.

You can also get to see many handicrafts for which Swedes later became noted such as glass blowing along with traditional peasant crafts, such as weaving and churning. There is even a small zoo with 70 different animals such as reindeer, seal, lynx, brown bear, and wolverine and the impressive elk.

Amphitheatre
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Amphitheatre, Epidaurus, Greece

A popular tourist spot, this will always be likely to be busy but is still well worth a visit. It is a fan-shaped, open-air auditorium set into a hillside which is famed for its incredible acoustics. Just 2 hours from Athens you can visit during annual summer Athens & Epidaurus Festival to see regular performances of ancient classics, such as plays by Euripides.

If this has given you the urge to travel and explore take a look at all the oppertunities Frontier has to offer.