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5 Bloggers Who Have Followed in Lara Croft’s Footsteps

Lara Croft fans share their accounts of their 'Tomb Raider'-inspired travels.

Long-time readers of The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will probably be familiar with my series, Lara’s Travels, which looks at the various real-life locations Ms Croft has visited over the years. Places which include Meteora, the Greek monastic complex which may have been the inspiration for Tomb Raider 1’s St Francis’ Folly, and Jan Mayen, the icy, volcanic island which made an appearance in Tomb Raider: Underworld.

Lara’s globetrotting adventures have inspired many to follow in her footsteps and see these famous landmarks for themselves. And here are 5 fans who have done just that:

1) Mary Goodden – Well-Rendered

Mary, author of one of my favourite gaming blogs, Well-Rendered, spent 3 weeks in Egypt back in 2010 and wrote this account of her travels for Stella’s Tomb Raider Blog. During her time in Egypt, she visited some of the locations featured in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, including the Valley of the Kings, Karnak, the old Islamic quarter of Cairo and, of course, the pyramids at Giza.

A riveting read that draws comparisons between the real-life locations and their in-game counterparts and showcases some of Mary’s beautiful photos.

2) Anya Martin (Guest Blogger) – The Archaeology of Tomb Raider)

Anya is one of The Archaeology of Tomb Raider’s guest bloggers and last summer, she visited Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer Empire and home to the now-famous Angkor Wat temple complex.

In her guest blog, Tomb Raider and the Temples of Angkor, Anya wrote about the site’s history, Cambodia’s troubled past, and the effect that Tomb Raider has had on Cambodia’s tourism industry and Siem Reap’s local economy. Insightful and informative.

3) Jaden Morretti  – Guns & Grapple

Jaden, who runs the fansite Guns & Grapple, had the rare opportunity of visiting Aldwych Station as part of a tour group back in 2010. The station, which made an appearance in Tomb Raider 3, closed its doors in September 1994 and can now only be visited as part of a guided tour, though it has also been used as a film set in recent years (e.g. in Skyfall, V for Vendetta, and BBC’s Sherlock).

Photos of Jaden’s visit to Aldwych Station can be found here.

4) Sim Comfort (Guest Blogger) – Stella’s Tomb Raider Blog

Though not technically featured in the Tomb Raider game series, Sim Comfort wrote a piece about Wimbledon, London, the birthplace and childhood home of a certain Ms Croft. A Wimbledon resident himself, Sim is well-acquainted with the area and the places Lara would have visited if she were, indeed, real.

Photos of this affluent London district and the school Lara attended (according to Core Design’s biography) can be found over here.

5) Kelly M – The Archaeology of Tomb Raider)

Last but not least, there’s me. Although I wouldn’t necessarily say Tomb Raider inspired me to travel, it certainly gave me a few more places to add to my travel wishlist.

There is one place, however, that I have visited specifically because it appeared in a Tomb Raider game: Trajan’s Market in Rome. It’s a site often overlooked by tourists but it’s worth a visit if you’re in the area. The upper levels offer fantastic views of Il Vittoriano and the ruins of Trajan’s Forum and there’s even a few friendly cats who patrol the site.

Not to mention my more recent visit to the site generally thought to be the tomb of Queen Himiko in Sakurai, Japan. A little off the beaten path, perhaps, but well worth the visit if you get the chance.

Now, I wonder which Tomb Raider location I should visit next…

Trajan's Market, Rome

Trajan’s Market, Rome (Image credit: Kelly M)

Have you visited any of the places that appear in a Tomb Raider game? And have you written about your travels or uploaded any of your photos? Feel free to leave a link to your blog post(s) in the comments section below!


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About Kelly M (396 Articles)
A Gibraltarian-born blogger, gamer, and archaeology enthusiast with a passion for languages and wildlife conservation. Tweets under the username @TombRaiderArch and runs the official fansite, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider.

9 Comments on 5 Bloggers Who Have Followed in Lara Croft’s Footsteps

  1. I want to see Wimbledon, London and get to see Lara’s home in real life

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  2. Thanks! And regarding Norway and husky sledding – that’s *exactly* the spirit I meant! Still looking forward to learn being a musher these days. And Norway’s right there ahead – only a few weeks to go, then leaving for some snowshoen trek right there. 😉

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  3. Great blog post and a fantastic idea – always fascinated by what inspires people to travel. What and – where to, actually.

    While not directly travelling in ‘Lara’s footsteps’, I do think that I’m at least trying to capture the spirit of Lara’s globetrotting in my own journeys (which, just for the record, I am covering over there in my virtual travelogue at http://vagabondslog.com). Well, the curiousity for all things ancient and the origins and traces of human culture, like a kayak expedition tracking Viking presence at Greenland (http://vagabondslog.com/2014/03/05/tracking-vikings-southern-greenland-by-kayak) or roaming the beautiful and marvellous remains of ancient Petra in Jordan (http://vagabondslog.com/2014/04/27/city-of-stone-roaming-petra-jordan) or – in a very modern interpretation of the archaeological approach – exploring the leftovers of an abandoned amusement park (http://vagabondslog.com/2013/08/26/world-without-people-exploring-an-abandoned-amusement-park).

    So, thanks a lot for this insight into these very special experiences (to you, Kelly, and to those travellers as well)! I really hope, you’ll continue this series of blog posts. Very inspiring!

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    • That’s the spirit. 🙂 Though not really a Tomb Raider thing (unless you count the 1st film), one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done is go husky sledding in Norway. Certainly something I’d love to do again if I get the chance (Norway is an extremely expensive country to visit). If I ever get the chance to go snowmobiling or quad-biking, I’m taking it. ^_^

      Cheers for the link to your blog! Added it to my bookmarks. 🙂

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  4. Just wanted to say great blog, I started playing Tomb Raider as a kid and it really got me interested in archaeology, in fact I studied archaeology and have been on excavations in Italy,Cyprus and Finland. Although archaeology is a difficult way to make a living it is fascinating, I have since revisited Tomb Raider, playing the original on my ipad! I hope they release the rest of the series on the ipad, anyway great blog.

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  5. Sounds like serendipity to me. Maybe other bloggers will see this and share more travel stories. 🙂

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  6. Awesome! Thanks for including Mary’s and Sim’s articles from my site. As an armchair traveler who almost never leaves my own state, I LOVE reading posts like this. 🙂

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    • Always a pleasure. I love travelling but haven’t been to that many places Lara’s been to. Something I’d like to rectify in future. 😉

      Thanks for the heads-up about Jaden’s post about Aldwych. I hadn’t read it till you mentioned it on your FB page. In fact, that was the article that inspired me to put this little list together. Well, that and the lack of time to write something more substantial. :-p

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