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Category: World War 1 and 2, Cold War

Survivors, Wrecks and Relics, Part I

Survivors, Wrecks and Relics, Part I

Rare America I’m a bit partial to old aircraft and aviation history, and have been lucky to visit many museums and historic sites during my travels. I thought I’d post some photos of a few US World War II aircraft, remnants and related artefacts that I’ve come across. I hope they will be of interest to other aircraft nuts. This post only includes aircraft and relics from outside the United States. Photographing aircraft in museums can be challenging, especially if…

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Beneath the Streets of Prague

Beneath the Streets of Prague

The Cold War Museum I find Cold War history frightening and fascinating, so when I found out there was a museum in a nuclear bunker right under the city centre of Prague, I promptly booked myself a tour. The day of my visit I caught the tram into town, then made my way towards Wenceslas Square. The meeting point for the tour of The Cold War Museum was the reception of the Jalta Hotel, beneath which lies a labyrinth of…

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Diving the Ghosts of Corsica, Part II

Diving the Ghosts of Corsica, Part II

B-17G Flying Fortress ‘Her Did ’, Calvi Corsica is a spectacular place. Inland from the rugged coastline’s turquoise waters, mountains rise steeply, their towering granite summits patched white with snow even in the late spring. I stared out the window as the bus wound it’s way from Bastia to Calvi, through valleys cut by fast flowing rivers and over steep mountain passes. We descended into the town in the early evening, where the 400 year old walls of the citadel…

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Diving the ghosts of Corsica, Part I

Diving the ghosts of Corsica, Part I

P-47 Thunderbolt, Miomo It had been 18 months since my last dive, and I fumbled clumsily whilst preparing my gear. I was sitting with two other divers in the spring sunshine, beside the picturesque little harbour at Erbalunga, Corsica. Our dive operator Rym, who took the task of conducting our refresher dive seriously, asked us questions about equipment and protocols as we fitted our kit together. Soon we were leaving the harbour in his fibreglass hull inflatable for a nearby…

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Visiting Mac

Visiting Mac

It was one o’clock in the afternoon when we pulled up beside V.C. Corner Cemetery, near the small village of Fromelles in northern France. It was cold and drizzling rain, and the gloomy light made it feel much later in the day. We were the only visitors. We made our way though the gates and onto the lush, wet grass. Six large trees border the edge of the cemetery, and were sporting fresh, early spring growth. Beyond lie neatly cut…

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Podcast Episode 9. The Cemeteries of Gallipoli

Podcast Episode 9. The Cemeteries of Gallipoli

G’day all and welcome to the Midlife Crisis Odyssey Podcast, where not all who wander are lost, but some of us definitely are. The cemeteries of Gallipoli hold tens of thousands; each with their own story of tragedy that occurred here in this beautiful place. If you would like to see the post for this podcast, you can find it here If you liked this podcast, you may also like Strange Meeting, Poland; Evacuation, Ukraine Know someone who might like…

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Hangar 10

Hangar 10

A big part of why I had traveled to Germany’s Baltic Coast was to visit the small village of Zirchow. And the entire reason I wanted to visit the small village of Zirchow was to go to Hangar 10, a museum which houses a unique collection of rare aircraft. Figuring out local public transport whilst traveling can be challenging, but I thought I had everything sorted for my short bus journey from Ahlbeck to Zirchow. Turns out I didn’t. I…

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Pocast Episode 7. Strange Meeting, Poland

Pocast Episode 7. Strange Meeting, Poland

G’day all and welcome to the Midlife Crisis Odyssey Podcast, where not all who wander are lost, but some of us definitely are. After seeing the main areas of Birkenau Concentration Camp, and learning of the horrors that had occurred there, it was a relief to find a tranquil patch of nature. Whilst enjoying the quiet and the late afternoon sun, I had a strange meeting. If you would like to see the post for this podcast, you can find…

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Exploring the Westwall

Exploring the Westwall

‘I ordered the immediate expansion of our western fortifications. I can assure you that since May 28, the most gigantic fortifications of all time have been under construction there.’ Adolf Hitler, Nazi Part rally in Nuremberg, 1938. I had traveled to the small town of Pirmasens in Rhineland-Palatinate to visit a Ukrainian friend of mine. She, like many other displaced Ukrainians, has found refuge in Germany whilst waiting for peace to return to her country. At the closest point, Pirmasens…

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Red Cross Concentration Camp

Red Cross Concentration Camp

Dark Tourism in Nis, Part II I crossed the Nisava River, after which the Serbian city of Nis is named, and headed north through steady drizzle. Another kilometre and I reached my destination: the foreboding walls of the Red Cross Concentration Camp. I followed the tall concrete until I reached the entrance gate, and stepped inside. Looking up the long path that lead to the large, grey, block-like building, I shuddered involuntarily. The silent, deserted place was chilling. I walked…

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