Hill of Crosses – Lithuania

Bulldozed three or four times by the Soviet authorities, the Hill of Crosses in northern Lithuania always came back. Today, over 75,000 crosses of all sizes are found at this site which occupies perhaps 2,400 square metres of land, spread over two hillocks, 12km north of the city of Siauliai, Lithuania’s fourth largest city. The crosses are mainly placedContinue reading “Hill of Crosses – Lithuania”

Donington-le-Heath

Historical re-enactments occur throughout the summer months in the UK and many of these gatherings are on a grand scale and enjoyed by thousands of people, but I prefer the smaller occasions because you can mingle with the participants and talk to them when they are “in character”. One such event took place at the 700-year old Donington-le- Heath ManorContinue reading “Donington-le-Heath”

Avignon

Sur le Pont d’Avignon On y danse, On y danse Sur le Pont d’Avignon On y danse tous en rond On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there, we all dance there On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there in a ring “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” is a song about the PontContinue reading “Avignon”

UBC – Vancouver – Part 2

Outside, in the area between the museum and the cliff, you will find totem poles of the Kwakiutl, Haida, and Gitxsan people as well as two Haida houses, one for the living and one for the dead. From here you get a good view of the main building of the museum, a unique design ifContinue reading “UBC – Vancouver – Part 2”

Bo Kaap – Cape Town

Extract from – Ten Traveller’s Tales Head along Wale Street away from the city centre and in five minutes you will enter the Bo Kaap district, located on the slopes of Signal Hill, with Table Mountain looming nearby. The residents of this inner city area with its brightly painted houses invariably being picked out byContinue reading “Bo Kaap – Cape Town”

France – Orange

Orange is justly famous for its Roman Arena, known as the Theatre Antique, and the Arc de Triomphe on the opposite side of the town. The Romans first arrived in 35BC and soon provided Aurisio, as it was known to them, with its two most visited sights of today. Aurisio was founded as a retirementContinue reading “France – Orange”

Bhutan

Standing by the doorway I watch, in the paved courtyard in front of me, the individual deities performing their final pirouettes for the crowd, who warmly applaud each balletic finale. As the dancers pass by me, they are displaying the more human traits of tiredness and exhaustion, a result of performing in a heavily maskedContinue reading “Bhutan”