Rosslyn Chapel – 3

There are depictions of Trillium, Indian Corn, and Aloe Vera indicating the sculptors of the chapel were familiar with these plants, even though Western Explorers weren’t supposed to have reached North America and India, where these plants originate, until at least 10 years after the carvings were crafted. There are also representations of an elephantContinue reading “Rosslyn Chapel – 3”

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 3

To the south the view is of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags where energetic lunch-time athletes go running. Between the Parliament and the crags is Our Dynamic Earth, a visitor attraction that tells the story of planet Earth and how our world works, how life has evolved and the future challenges faced by the planet.Continue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 3”

Brimstone Hill, St Kitts – 1

The Federation of St Kitts and Nevis is a long name for the smallest country in the Americas both in size and population. Although it’s small in stature St Kitts and Nevis was forged by some mighty historical factors: Empire-building, the horrors of slavery, the burgeoning sugar cane industry, and the American War of Independence.Continue reading “Brimstone Hill, St Kitts – 1”

Plitvice Lakes – 5

Extract from Julian’s Journeys The Plitvice Lakes (Plitvicka jezera) are one of Croatia’s most popular tourist attractions. An amazing natural phenomenon and no more than 4000 years old, Plitvice is a protected UNESCO world natural heritage site. They were declared a national park in 1949 and accepted as a World Heritage site in 1979. DueContinue reading “Plitvice Lakes – 5”

Trakai – 4

The town of Trakai has a lot of colourful wooden houses and most belong to the Kairim who practice a branch of Judaism. Their plain temple, called a Kenesa, is on the main street and is open for visitors. The Kairim are thought to be descended from another people called The Khazars, who lived betweenContinue reading “Trakai – 4”

Plitvice Lakes – 2

Extract from Julian’s Journeys The heavy rains of the previous days meant that the streams between the lakes were in full spate and the water was really rushing under some of the wooden walkways between the lakes. It also meant that the waterfalls were spectacular, especially the ones that we came across next, the 10Continue reading “Plitvice Lakes – 2”

Malta – 2

At different sites over the two main islands and in the surrounding waters are found some man-made features which have been given the name ‘cart ruts’, largely because the first visitors to discover them believed they had been worn by a cart. Their most famous site is at Clapham Junction, named after Britain’s busiest railwayContinue reading “Malta – 2”

Plitvice Lakes – 1

Extract from Julian’s Journeys “Wow, what an amazing place this is” said the New Zealand girl next to me, as she looked down at the patchwork of powder blue pools and small lakes that stretched out before us. My wife and I, who were standing next to her, smiled at each other and nodded inContinue reading “Plitvice Lakes – 1”

Dun Carloway – 3

A path leads up the hillside, giving views of the broch and the surrounding countryside. The side facing you is built above steep rock, and most of it remains as originally designed. As you round the broch to the entrance, on the north side, you are presented with a different picture. From here you canContinue reading “Dun Carloway – 3”

Callanish Stones – 1

After I visit places such as Callanish I am always bewildered, as I am sure that I can’t satisfactorily answer any of the obvious questions – why was it built, how was it built, who built it, what was the reason for building it here rather than on any other hillock in the area? EvenContinue reading “Callanish Stones – 1”