Day 23 - Last of Kiev. In the 9th century...Byzantium in order to convince the pagan Rus (who were Vikings) to come into the fold built this church..it worked...and is likely as close to the birthplace of Russia as anywhere on earth (they moved to Moscovi after the Mongols sacked Kiev in 12th C)...this place is so full of history..including the Christian sarcophagus of Vladimir the wise...who like a good viking Christian was intoomed with a willing/unwilling female companion (hidden in the Sarcophagus until the 1990s) ... there are also battle scenes with crocodile men...I mean come on... #somuchhistory#geekout#birthofrussia#kiev#kyiv#amazing#tracesofbyzantium#russiansarevikingswhogotloss#mysteryofwhereallthecrocodilemenwentsolved
Adventuring Again! This time to Milan Ohio, The Birthplace Of Thomas Edison!! •
Talk about a LOAD of history! The tour guides are incredibly knowledgeable on all things Edison family and the town’s history. This is the room he was born. The fancy couch is stuffed with horse hair, woven with silk and was only for guest to sit on (talk about fancy). 🖤
Amalfi Coast Part 1
Joined a ‘Hike, Boat and Kayak’ tour with seven other people and our guide to explore the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. From Naples we headed first to Mt Vesuvius and then Pompeii.
Mt Vesuvius last erupted in 1944, fortunately it showed no signs of erupting during our visit. We were able to walk around the crater and see the geography of the land below including Mt Somma, the location of this mountain being the reason any lava flow always goes in the same direction (towards the inhabited areas). Vesuvius was previously a much taller mountain, but it is believed a previous eruption changed the shape and separated it into Vesuvius and Somma.
Pompeii was amazing, it’s hard to appreciate how such a large town could pretty much vanish as a result of a volcanic eruption. More fascinating was the level of engineering and technology that existed in 79 AD. Pompeii had a swimming pool, saunas, pedestrian crossings that allowed carriages to move along the street but pedestrians kept their feet out of the sewage, ingenious water collection systems, amazing mosaic designs to name but a few. Pompeii was being rebuilt from an earthquake in 62 AD when the volcano erupted and you could see the repair work that had been done. The plaster casts of the deceased brought a level of reality to the disaster despite it happening almost 2000 years ago. #amalficoast#vesuvius#pompeii#intrepidtravel#hikingtour#somuchhistory
Such a surreal experience, having the opportunity to climb the Great Wall of China at sunrise with nearly no one else around!
Although the overcast didn’t allow for much of an appealing sunrise, the wall itself and the mountains surrounding us, more then made up for it and left us in complete awe!
If you are visiting Beijing and want to see this magnificent wonder of the world, I highly recommend visiting one of the less popular locations!
We felt like we had the wall to ourselves and the peace and quiet really allowed us to take in every bit of it!
Pro Tip: When traveling to a conference and you have some sunlight when the day wraps up.....get outside! It’s amazing how beneficial an hour outside is to your health and well-being. #traveling#traveltheworld#getoutside
Enjoyed my stroll on the beautiful Pont de Pierre.
Name a cooler way to get around downtown Fernandina Beach — we’ll wait 🚋 🌴🙌🏼 A HUGE thank you to Mel with Amelia Island Trolleys for giving our team such a fun tour of our favorite island this morning!
From Day 2 of our Morocco Family Holiday with @intrepidtravel: it was the middle of the day and hotter than hell, but what else should one expect when you travel to Morocco in July? Getting out of our van to visit the TIN MAL تينمل (or Tinmel in Berber) MOSQUE 🕌 , after starting our drive through Tizi n Test pass, one of the most breathtaking roads in Morocco, we were both hungry and a little queasy. The mosque, which was built in 1156, was totally unassuming and not very impressive from the outside. Kids (luckily not just mine) were dragging and lacked enthusiasm. OK, maybe not just kids. But what a great lesson on NOT judging the book by its cover!
Turns out Tin Mal, hidden away in the Atlas Mountains, about 100km from Marrakesh, is a true gem and one of the most historically significant sites in Morocco: it was the birthplace and the spiritual home of the Almohad dynasty, which went on to conquer Marrakech defeating the ruling Almoravids and then creating an empire that stretched from northern Africa to southern Portugal and Spain. Besides its long and rich history, Tin Mal is also one of only two mosques in Morocco 🕌🕌 that allow entry to non-Muslims (the other one - since surely you will ask - is the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca). Most of the mosque interior is remarkably well-preserved, with an elaborate mihrab (the niche in the wall that faces Mecca, indicating the direction of prayer) and mighty vaulted pillars, arranged in rows and rows of symmetrical brick arches, all lined up with infinite precision. They were spectacular (totally sick according to our kids) and looking though my shots I think we might have taken care of this year’s Christmas photo #📸 way ahead of the deadline…