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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: PYRAMIDS AT GIZA

GIZA PYRAMIDS AND SPHINXI never really believed that I’d get to see the pyramids and the sphinx at Giza!  But, I did and I’ve also been blessed enough to see Stonehenge, Newgrange, Jerusalem, the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, the Giant’s Causeway, etc…………….  One of the things that amazed me about the pyramids at Giza was how close to the congested city of Cairo they are.  The sky here in this image is blue and cloudless.  If I showed you the picture I took when I turned 180 degrees, all that would be seen is an enormous cityscape capped with smog.  But, still, it’s EGYPT!!!!

 

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: THE SEVEN CHURCHES, INIS MOR

INIS MOR, SEVEN CHURCHES

Although this wasn’t a “special day”, ie solstice or equinox, I have to wonder if the beam of sunlight is significant for this time and place.  A few minutes earlier or later, it appears that it would have been passing directly through the small window opening.  It’s the ruins of the “Seven Churches”  (Na Seacht d’Teampaill) on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of County Clare, Ireland.  This was a significant monastic settlement established by St Brecan and built between the 9th and 15th centuries.  Probably only 2 churches were actually built as well as numerous other domestic buildings, and, of course, a cemetery.

Copyright 2014                   Mary Jane E Clark

 

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: CAESEREA, ISRAEL

CAESAREA, ISRAEL

Caesarea Maritima was most likely built on the remains of Statonospyrgos (likely Tower of Staton of Sidon).  In 90 BCE, it passed into Roman hands and, in 22 BCE, Herod the Great began to develop it as a deep water port and major trading center.  It’s located on the Israeli coastal plain, halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv.  Herod also built himself a great seaside palace, complete with freshwater swimming pool….the remains of which are seen here.  The fresh water was carried via aqueducts from the mountains.  And we all thought infinity pools were the latest thing!

Copyright 2013                                    Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: EPHESUS, TURKEY

EPHESUS, TURKEY

The Library of Celsius at Ephesus, Turkey rivaled the one at Alexandria in Egypt in the number and quality of manuscripts kept there.  So much so, that the Egyptians eventually prohibited the export of such to it.  Although now only a ruin, as is much of the once great port of Ephesus, it’s facade makes it easy to image the beauty without and knowledge hidden within.  Ephesus also is the site of many Greek/Roman ruins including the Temple of Artemis, considered one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Copyright 2013                                       Mary Jane E Clark

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: SKY ROAD, CLIFDEN, CO. GALWAY

CONNEMARA CASTLE

I’m sure this castle has a name but I don’t know it.  It’s located off the Sky Road, outside Clifden, in County Galway, Ireland.  This image is just so quintessentially Irish……castle ruins, relentless ivy covering it, emerald fields, stone walls, gentle mountains, the Atlantic Ocean…..it has it all!

Copyright 2012      Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: DUNLUCE CASTLE, CO. ANTRIM

DUNLUCE CASTLE

It’s the season……………I forgot yesterday was Monday!  This is Dunluce Castle on the County Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland.  Legend has it that part of the castle tumbled into the sea, carrying several of the help, during a bad winter storm.  It’s precarious perch makes for a spectacular sight very close to the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmill’s Distillery.  For you golfers, the golden strand of beach in  the background is part of the Royal Portstewart Golf Club, which hosted the British Open this year.

Copyright 2012                       Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: PORTAL TOMB, CRAGGAUNOWEN, CO. CLARE

PORTAL TOMB, CRAGGAUNOWEN

This portal tomb, at Craggaunowen  in County Clare, is a Stone Age burial chamber.  It dates to between 2750 – 2000 B.C. and is one of many found around Ireland.  No one is sure why these dolmens were constructed in such a manner but there is certainly a ceremonial, ritualistic meaning to them.  When I see these, I find myself wondering who built them, who’s buried there, what were their lives like, who did they love…………………….?

Copyright 2012            Mary Jane E Clark

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