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Hidden Places


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Introduction Tyneham, England - village evacuated in 1943, during the Second World War, and abandoned ever since. Skara Brae, Scotland - prehistoric village covered by a large sand dune, and only revealed in 1850. Menlo Castle, Ireland - a ruined castle, shrouded in folklore and mystery. Viking Museum Ladby, Denmark - the only Viking ship in the world still situated in the burial mound where it was placed 1000 years ago. Our Dear Lord in the Attic, Netherlands - a clandestine Catholic church, hidden in the attic of a four-century-old canal house in Amsterdam. Cathar castles, France - ruined castles where Cathars held out against persecution. Kaisertal, Austria - home to a tiny community, this is the last inhabited valley in Austria to get a road link.Black Forest, Germany - a lake only accessible by foot in the myth-laden Black Forest. Rok Rune Stone, Sweden - an encrypted Norse monolith that lay hidden in a church wall for over a millennium. Villa of Tiberus, Italy - The Roman Emperors lost summer home along the Italian seashore. Bulnes, Spain - village in the Picos de Europa mountain range, only accessible by hike or tram. Lalibela, Ethiopia - underground, rock-hewn churches that stand as a remarkable testament to one of the oldest Christian traditions in the world. Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe - the greatest sub-Saharan site that colonialists wanted to keep hidden. Turpan Oasis, China - a manmade oasis in the desert for Silk Road travellers. Phnom Kulen, Cambodia - a hidden Khmer temple and ruins, only recently rediscovered. Yonaguni, Japan - mysterious submerged ruins estimated to be around 8,000 years old. Mount Borradaile, Australia - Aboriginal-owned land, full of rock art sites, thought to have been first inhabited by humans over 45,000 years ago. Curio Bay, New Zealand - 160-million-year-old fossil forest, revealed at low tide. Spirit Island, Canada - a tucked away lake-isle, only accessible by boat. The Green Mill, United States - a prohibition-era jazz bar in Chicago, frequented by Al Capone, with tunnels allegedly underneath. Supai, United States - a Native American village hidden in Grand Canyon, accessible on foot or mule. PlymouthChurch, United States - a church used by the Underground Railroad , a network by which slaves escaped to freedom. Actun Tunichil, Belize - an Inca city undiscovered by the Spanish, like a lesser-known Machu Picchu. Choquequirao, Peru - a jungle-shrouded cave, purported to be a gateway to the Mayan underworld. El Mirador, Guatemala - a remote Mayan city still hidden in the jungle. About the Author and Illustrator

About the Author

Sarah Baxter is an author and journalist. She was Associate Editor of Wanderlust magazine, the bible for independent-minded travellers, for more than ten years and has written extensively on walking and travel for a diverse range of other publications, including the Guardian, the Telegraph, and the Independent. Sarah has also contributed to more than a dozen Lonely Planet guidebooks. Amy Grimes is an illustrator based in London. Drawing inspiration from nature and the natural world, Amy's work often features bright and bold illustrated motifs, floral icons and leafy landscapes. As well as working on commissioned illustrations, Amy also sells prints, textiles and stationery under the brand of Hello Grimes.


"If you're the type who loves to get off the beaten track, this wonderful compilation is for you."
* Metro UK *
Sarah ponders the world's most hidden places: ancient ruins, abandoned towns and mysterious, dense forests abound in this book. It's accessible for any type of reader and is broken up into easily digestible descriptions of each hidden place. -- LACEY PFALZ * TravelPulse *

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