Travel Theme: Guilin’s Scenic Peaks

Alisa’s Travel Theme this week is ‘Peaks’. An old Chinese saying states that “Guilin’s mountain and water scenery is the best under Heaven.” I’m sure this is correct, as the most picturesque and amazing peaks I have seen, are those along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo.

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A leisurely cruise along the Li River will afford you a wonderful view of Guilin’s famous natural karst formations.

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In the early morning light, these mountains which rise straight up from an otherwise flat landscape, looked quite ghostly.

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The limestone karsts looming large, make for a dramatic backdrop to the charming scenes of village houses which stand right along the water’s edge.

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Guilin is situated on what was once an ancient ocean floor, and the limestone peaks are made up of shells and also the skeletons of long extinct marine animals which lived millions of years ago. This is their final resting place, beneath the greenery of the towering peaks.

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As you can see, they are all shapes and sizes, and the scenic views look just like an artist’s masterpiece.

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It’s a most beautiful and fascinating landscape, and as you may imagine, there are many myths and legends woven around these iconic peaks.

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If you want to learn more about the history of how these peaks came into being, just click this link.

To join in the challenge and to see more entries for Ailsa’s Travel Theme, click the badge below.

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Madrid’s Fountain of Cybele

One of the most recognisable landmarks in Madrid, is the 18th century, 8 metre tall ‘Fountain of Cybele’, which stands in front of  Cybele Palace, the city’s town hall. The fountains depicts  Cybele the Roman goddess of fertility, riding a chariot pulled by two lions. In her hand she holds a sceptre and a key to the city.

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The Cybele fountain has become the location for celebrations after important victories  for  the Real Madrid football club, when the team’s flag is usually draped around the statue.

This is my entry for the ‘Fountain Series July’ challenge’. To add your contribution, click here https://polianthus.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/fountain-challenge-july-19-calder-mercury-fountain/

Happy Independence Day to all my American readers. Hope this is the start of a very good week for everyone.

 

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Daily Prompt: Clouds I Have Seen

Today’s Daily Prompt ‘Clouds’ reminded me of this Joni Mitchell song from the 1960’s, one of my all-time favourites.

Bows and flows of  angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all.

Here are some clouds I’ve been privileged to see on my travels around this beautiful world. I thought it might be fun to show some photos where the clouds, although quite prominent, weren’t the real focus for the shot; like this one taken through the window of our tour bus in Ecuador.

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Here’s the relaxing view from our hotel in Myrtle Beach SC.

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Mount Vesuvius looks down on the ruins of Pompeii.

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Instantly recognisable beneath the clouds, are the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

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The Sri Mariamman temple, rising up to the clouds, is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.

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This monster Toucan and his friend Mr. Parrot sit under a cloudy sky in a Costa Rica  waterside park.

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Here under the lowering clouds in Lakota lies the eerie scene of the Battle of the Little Bighorn,  commonly known as ”Custer’s Last Stand’.

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This shot of Mount Rushmore taken from the side, shows just the profile of George Washington, one of the four past presidents who are featured in this massive sculpture.

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Clouds hovered over La Paz in Bolivia, as we drove down from El Alto  airport at an altitude of almost 12,000 feet.

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Looking down over  Cape Town from Table Mountain,  3,558 feet above Table Bay.

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Clouds over a beach of soft white sand in Punta Cana. Absolute paradise on earth.

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I don’t know about you, but just looking at all these photos has given me itchy feet. Time to travel again.  I think  I’ll just go and tell  hubby to hurry up with the house renovations.

Hope you’re all having a great Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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