I 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!!!!
This is the magical Newgrange Tumulus, a part of the Bru na Boinne (Palace of the Boyne). It’s a Stone Age necropolis built around 3200 B.C., 600 years earlier than the Pyramids at Giza and 1,000 years before Stonehenge. As well as being a final resting place for the ancient kings, it is also thought to have been a center for rituals. The alignment of the tomb with the rays of the rising sun on the winter solstice indicate a deeper, astronomical/astrological purpose……………no one is sure. The white quartzite exterior is NOT a recent addition and the stones were quarried on County Wicklow, over 70 km away, during a time predating the horse, cart and even wheel. The Stone Age people of Ireland in no way resembled the Flintstones!
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Copyright 2012 Mary Jane E Clark