Staplehurst, Kent, UK.
Fun Facts about Staplehurst: In the early 19th century, Staplehurst was often visited by invalids seeking recuperation, apparently attracted by the purity of the air.
This one isn't exactly a fun fact, but on the 9th of June 1865 at 3:13 pm, a train from London derailed, killing 10 people and injuring 40.
Charles Dickens was travelling with Ellen Ternan and her mother on that very same train, however they all survived the derailment. Dickens tended to the victims, some of whom died while he was with them. The experience affected him greatly; he lost his voice for two weeks and afterwards was nervous when travelling by train, using alternative means whenever available. Five years to the day after the accident, Dickens died; his son said that he had never fully recovered.
The village has seen some better fortune recently. In 2003, Staplehurst won the Kent Village of the Year Competition.
Photo credit: Sarah Dawson *
From a recent trip to Rome. It seems when in Rome, no matter which street you go down you'll find something special. The average Roman is probably used to it but I found it hard to resist taking at least a few photos.