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Globee Booklets

Globee BookletsEach globee comes with a 16 page booklet packed with key facts about the historic and tourist sites depicted on the globee and each booklet contains a fun quiz too!

The following are extracts taken from the books.

London Globee

Peter Pan Statue – Since 1912, Peter Pan has been depicted playing his pipes in Kensington Gardens. The statue is in the gardens because this is where the author, J M Barrie, wrote the story. All royalties earned by J M Barrie’s creation now go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Edinburgh Globee

The Grassmarket – From 1477 to 1911, it was one of the main markets for horse and cattle. It was also the setting for public executions. In Grassmarket there is a pub called the Maggie, named after Maggie Dickson who was hanged in 1728. A popular story tells that after her execution while being returned to her home in a coffin, she miraculously awoke. Under Scottish law she was legally dead and thus could not be executed again and so she was allowed to go free.

Paris Globee

Arc de Triomphe – Standing at the top of the Champs-Elysees, the Arch honours those who fought for France, especially during the Napoleonic wars. The names of the generals and the wars fought are inscribed and underneath is the tomb of the unknown soldier from world war one, which is accompanied by an eternal flame. The Kennedy’s visited the Arc in 1961 and following her husband’s assassination two years later, Mrs Kennedy asked for an eternal flame to be placed next to her husband’s grave. Since the fall of Napoleon in 1815, the Arch has been interpreted as representing the Peace of 1815. Napoleon’s body passed under the Arch in 1840 on the way to his final resting place at Les Invalides.

New York Globee

Statue of Liberty – Given by France to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence and to represent the friendship established between the two countries during the American Revolution. Standing on Liberty Island in the New York harbour, it represents a woman wearing a stola, a crown and sandals, treading on a broken chain, carrying a tablet in her left arm inscribed with the date of the declaration of independence and a torch held aloft in her right arm.

Berlin Globee

Brandenburger Tor – The Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate and one of the main symbols of both Berlin and Germany. It is the only remaining gate of a series through which one formerly entered Berlin. It was commissioned by Frederick II of Prussia as a sign of peace and built between 1788 and 1791. It consists of twelve Doric columns and on top is a chariot drawn by four horses, driven by Victoria. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the gate symbolised freedom and a desire to unify the city. In 1963, President John F Kennedy visited the gate and the Soviets hung large red banners across it to prevent him looking into the East.