Tuesday-PC-Wk163-Ancient

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My first ancient was…Rome’s, Colosseum.

According to our guide was constructed

around 2,000 years ago.

 

 

My second ancient is something I have lived within sight of my whole life.

We call these mountains The Grampians and the the attraction in The Grampians is the township of Hall’s Gap.

In !976 while camping in the Canadian Rockies

I remember reading a plaque which stated that

Australia’s The Great Dividing Range was

older than the the Rockies.

In fact I believe that plaque stated that

the Australian Alps were well eroded

when the Rockies were formed.

 

Today Google tells me that The Great Dividing Range

was formed over 300 million years ago when Australia

collided with what are now parts of

South America and New Zealand.

Google also states that the Rocky Mountains were formed

between 80 and 55 million years ago.

I have never seen (in person) any form of snow on our Alps,

while I did see icy snow on Banff’s

Sulphur Mountain in August 1976.

And of course it snowed while we were at

the Columbia Ice Fields in June 2018

and the snow views at Whistler were simply awesome.

The Rocky Mountains definitely win the ‘wow’ for views and scenery,

however, I am claiming, for all Aussies, the ‘wow’ factor for age

for our Great Dividing Range.  😀

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I was going to use some

graffiti style street art

however, walked another path.

Near the

El Alamein Fountain,

King Cross, Sydney,

Australia.

The ‘Gate of Violence’

In the middle of Albertina Platz is the walk-in monument sculpture.

The Monument against War and Fascism

was unveiled in 1988 to preserve the memory

of the darkest era in Austrian history

and is dedicated to all victims of war and fascism.

Info Source:  http://www.docbrown.info/docspics/europe/austria05.htm

 

 

“Le Guetteur 2015 …”,

An inhabited aluminum sculpture
20 m high
Polygone Riviera
Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.

Source: http://www.sosno.com

Finally, Rome’s

Invisible Man

Click the link below to watch

Youtube Videos of the

Invisible Man of Rome

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Rome’s Trevi Fountain

was one of the biggest disappointments

during our visit in my opinion.

I had mixed it with another Roman fountain

which I had seen in a movie or on television.

That’s right I had not done any research.

I like to see things first hand and

I feel the internet can spoil the ‘Wow’ moment.

I can say I was surprised when

we came upon Trevi Fountain.

It was surrounded by people who

were totally disconnected with other visitors

Planning, bored or discussing the photo

they had taken a few minutes earlier,

while others tried to get a clear shot.

All the ‘sitters’ were utterly disconnected

to the needs, or wants,

of their fellow tourists.

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FOWChallenge-Intriguing

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While visiting Europe a few years ago,

I found it intriguing,

…that buildings like the Colosseum were constructed

nearly 2,000 years ago and are still largely intact.

Well…almost.

 

And wile the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is talked of

on a regular basis, many other churches have similar,

though not as well-known,

art work on their ceilings also.

And  while this is not the Duomo in Florence,

it has a similar hole in the roof.

I would love to return and spend a week or so

in many of European cities.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Intriguing

Tuesday-PC-Wk152-Wonder

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Although I do not have a photo to prove the fact,

I  did see the Northern Lights in August 1976.

Not a very colourful display but my Canadians friends

assured me it was the northern lights.

In May the same  year I visited Stonehenge also.

In 2016 I was able to add…

…the Colosseum to that list.

I still marvel that these pavers were laid nearly 2000 years ago.

Just imagine also the feet which have walk across here.

 

 

In 2014 we were…

 

…fortunate enough to visit…

…the Victoria Falls.

In April 2012 we spent a few hours…

out on the…

Great Barrier Reef.

I remember being little disappointed that we did not see

the colours often seen in movies/documentaries.

We were also told that a recent cyclone

had wrecked this section of the reef.

The comment left me wondering why we did not go

to  another, more attractive part.

After revisiting these photos I think my thoughts were a bit harsh.

All of these places of sites can be found on

an ‘Ancient’, ‘Natural’ or ‘New’ Wonders of the World search.

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Wondering

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wondering

characterized by or expressive of a desire to know something; curious.
characterized by or expressive of admiration and amazement.

Yesterday’s images….

I often wonder who lived here and why/when they moved.

The house was looking much like this

nearly fifteen years ago and only deteriorated.

Then the bulldozer moved in

to complete the demolition.

I often wonder what this was.

A school?

A public hall?

Or maybe a simple house?

Whatever it was I think it well beyond repair.

But if those walls could talk….

Now I am wondering was my post form yesterday

a premonition of sorts???

And I also find myself wondering how amazing

buildings of the magnitude of Dubai’s

Burj Khalifa are constructed.

Similar comments could be made about

the Colosseum, the Pyramids, Stonehenge, Great Wall of China,

just to name a few, of the ancient landmarks

many of us visit and are in awe of.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Wondering