contemplation of the past

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Finally, a historical account provides not only contemplation of the past but orientation for the future as well.
Happily, there were no signs of mortality as Schiaparelli and Frankie The Great came back yesterday, but Goodwood still lends itself to contemplation of the past as naturally as the eye scans across the grandstand from the downland to the sea.
Its contemplation of the past is retrospective, not regressive.