5 Oct, 2013 in Beijing
Yuan Ming Yuan - Imperial Gardens - Beijing (6)

One of the great tragedies of the colonial invasion of China by the British and French during the 19th century opium wars is Yuan Ming Yuan. The former imperial gardens part of what’s known as "old summer palace" were completely reduced to ashes by colonial troops in response to a kidnapping of twenty soldiers of […]

14 Aug, 2013 in Saint Augustine
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Saint Augustine (6)

One of the best historical attractions in Saint Augustine – America’s oldest city – is Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest fort in the US. It dates back to 1672 and was built to defend the Spanish colonialists from sea invaders. Throughout the years, it has served the Spanish, the British, and then finally the […]

16 Apr, 2013 in Alabama
Museum of Mobile (39).JPG

Not too far away from the restored Fort Conde in Mobile Alabama is the lovely Museum of Mobile, providing the historical context for Mobile’s colonial history and highlighting some terrific exhibitions and insights into local arts and culture including the Mardi Gras traditions.   …

8 Jul, 2010 in Shanghai
The Bund - Shanghai (23).JPG

There are times when you can’t help but think – there is some good in Colonialism, atleast architecture wise. What would Shanghai do without those beautiful European style buildings on The Bund, Xintian Di, Taikang Rd. or the French Concession? It might be my “western" perspective” making me sound a bit like an a$$, but […]

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