WPC Circle: Circles from around the world.

When I saw the WPC for this week, I remembered a post on my old blog, which was all about circles, and as some of my newer readers haven’t seen it, I decided to post the same photos, plus this one taken in London. The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, stands on the south bank of the River Thames. I was amazed at the size of it, and really enjoyed my ride and the wonderful views across the city of London.

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This huge fermenting tank at the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee,  had been emptied for cleaning, and we were able to see right inside it. What a long way down it looked.

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This line-up of charred oak barrels that Jack Daniels manufactures in a Kentucky cooperage, contain maturing whiskey. This process perfects that famous rich colour and taste, before it gets put into bottles and sold.

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On our Nile cruise, we witnessed the amazing energy and spectacle of  a ‘Whirling Dervish’. I felt dizzy, just watching him twirling round and round in circles, so fast that he became almost invisible.

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At the Medina in Fez, the sights, sounds and smells were a real feast for the senses.This stall had many circular baskets containing a huge selection of nuts and dried fruit. Unfortunately, no tasting was allowed. *sigh*

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Bignor in the centre of the South Downs National Park in England, is home to the remains of a third century Roman farm and villa. Here you can see a fine example of one of the exquisite mosaic floors.

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The Pillars of Hercules is the ancient name given to the promontories that flank the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar. Here’s me sitting underneath the monument at the top of ‘The Rock’, which is the northern pillar.

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Whilst on holiday in San Salvador in the Bahamas, I had quite a successful first attempt at archery. Just call it ‘beginner’s luck’.

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Here’s another activity I’m not too shabby at. A few years ago we were on a family holiday in Punta Cana, and here I was showing my granddaughter how it’s done.

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This sort of activity is highly recommended after eating too much of one of my decadent desserts which contains enough chocolate and cream to even fatten up Popeye’s girlfriend, Olive Oyl. How I miss those Sunday lunches at my sister’s house since we left South Africa.

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Wishing you all a wonderful first weekend of the new year.

To see more entries for the ‘Circle’ challenge, click the link below.

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Thursday’s Windows: Eyeing up London

If you want a great view over London, the best idea is to get yourself up in the air, and the 443 feet tall London Eye is the way to do it.

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You just climb into one of these roomy enclosed capsules, and look out through the windows, as this giant observation wheel rotates at the stately speed of a sprinting tortoise.

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There’s so much to see, and of course, thousands of windows into the bargain. The Shard, completed in 2012, is an 87-storey skyscraper which has 11,000 glass panels. The window cleaners here certainly need a very good head for heights, as they abseil down the side of this glass building; certainly not a job for the fainthearted.

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One of the most famous and easily recognisable sights of London is the beautiful triple dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral,  designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and completed in the late 17th century. This stands at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the city, and at 365 ft high, it’s one of the highest domes in the world.

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Standing on the banks of  the Thames are the Gothic style Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, flanked by Westminster Abbey on the left, and the iconic tower of Big Ben on the right.

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So much to see from your eye in the sky, and windows galore.

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This unforgettable experience lasts for about 30 minutes, and all too soon, you’re back down to earth again.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed your view of London through the windows of this giant Ferris wheel. To see more Thursday’s Lingering Windows, just click here.