In this podcast, we'll visit 200 Wonders of the World, from the Pyramids to the Great Barrier Reef, to tell the story of our people, our civilization, and our planet. My name is Caroline Vahrenkamp, and I'm a travel junkie. The world is filled with amazing places that reflect the greatest achievements of human accomplishment. In these uncertain times, understanding our great shared history may help to bridge the divides between us. And if not, it will be a fun ride anyway! We'll discuss the history of each place and the story of the men and women who lived there. We'll cover travel notes, examine what else to see while you're in the area, and dig into the local cuisine. Expect a new episode every two weeks. And thanks for listening!
088 - The Tower of London
Is it the world's most famous prison? Or a magnificent medieval castle steeped in history? The Tower has stood over London since the days of William the Conqueror and still amazes today.
Its most famous story is that of the princes: Edward the V and his younger brother, killed in the Tower. But by whom? And how? It's a True Crime! episode. Graham Duke and Ali Hood from the Rex Factor podcast join us to discuss the theories, while listener Kassia Bailey shares insights into visiting both the Tower and the East End.
For food, we'll of course discuss pie and mash, liquor and eels, but chances are you'll prefer our recipe for a true British classic: chicken tikka masala.
Benham, William. The Tower of London
Caird, Jo. Fodor’s London 2020
Fields, Bertram. Royal Blood: Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes
Langley, Philippa and Michale Jones. The King’s Grave: the Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds
Skaife, Christopher. The Ravenmaster: My Life With the Ravens at the Tower of London
Rick Steves London 2020
Weir, Alison. The Princes in the Tower
Weir, Alison. The Wars of the Roses
Photograph by Wikipedia user Teseum
Where the Heck Is Caroline?
A quick apology for the delay in the next episode
The Topkapi Palace of Istanbul
The sultans' pleasure palace stands on a promontory jutting into the Bosphorus. Its tiled walls, fountains and pools are sumptuous legacies of the Ottoman Empire.
1453 marks the final fall of the Romans and the ascendency of the Ottomans, led by Mehmet the Conqueror.
Rosa Hayes of the History of the Ottoman Empire joins us to talk about Mehmet and Constantine IX, the final Byzantine Emperor. And listener Roberto Cancel returns to discuss visiting the palace and Mehmet's Grand Bazaar. Plus baklava!
Welcome to the Wonders of the World! In this podcast, we'll visit the Earth's great places to tell the story of our people, our civilization, and our planet. From history to travel and even to food, we'll examine what makes us great and what makes us human. This NEWLY REVISED (as of August 2021) introductory episode covers where we'll go, why we'll go there, and what our plan will be.
Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon
Like a giant bell covered in gold, Shwedagon Pagoda lords over Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)'s skyline. Its story is much like Burma's: elusive, mysterious. Shin Sawbu was a princess of the southern kingdom of Hanthawaddy Pegu. Through an exciting life documented by practically nobody, she rose to become queen and then in retirement to bring the gold to the great pagoda.
In this episode, we attempt as best we can to piece together her story and we make a Burmese curry while we're at it.
The Registan of Samarkand
Ulugh Beg was the Astronomer King of Samarkand, who built a madrassa and observatory to chart the stars. Wonderful astronomer. Not much of a king. His madrassa though stands on, one of the three grand buildings of the Registan square.
Scott Chesworth of the Ancient World and Nadeem Ahmad of Eran ud Turan both visited Uzbekistan just before the pandemic, and they join us with tales of gorgeous tilework, empty museums, and more plov (Uzbek rice pilaf) than you can imagine.
A special show
This podcast got me through lockdown (well, so far at least) and it’s the only podcast I’m listening to that isn’t purely history focused. It’s such a great product - the recent “change” of the host changes nothing! Of course I’ll not abandon it!
One more thought: if someone goes through such a seismic change and all the pain that is surely connected to it, then who am I to make it even more difficult?
And a note to the host: glad you feel better and I hope your family’s situation will improve as well. And as to friends: Those you lose we’re not your real friends anyway, and those that remain or become new friends are all the more valuable.
The podcast combines all my favourite things - food, history, travel. I can’t wait to see where we get taken next. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge, Caroline.
Apple need a new review process: 10 stars
I discovered this podcast late last year, I am slowly catching up with all episode, meticulously sticking to the timeline. It’s been a wonder, forgive the pun, discovering so many places I’d love to visit. Some I knew of, I’ve even been fortunate to visit a few, but many are totally new discoveries to me.
Mist episodes involve a second, or even a third, person who brings along their personal experience, but it is Drew who has honestly stolen my heart.... just don’t tell my hubby. The care, attention to detail, the anecdotes and story telling, the recipes, and just the atmosphere he creates are an absolute joy.
Thank you Drew, simply the best:-)