Going round in circles for Ailsa.


Ailsa of ‘Where’s my backpack’ blog, has given us yet another interesting travel theme. This week she’s posted some of her fun circle pics, and asks us to do the same.

I do of course have a few photos to share with you. Just look at this huge fermenting tank at the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. It had been emptied for cleaning, so we were able to look right inside.

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Inside these charred oak barrels that Jack Daniels makes itself in a Kentucky cooperage, the whiskey is maturing in order to perfect that famous rich colour and taste, before eventually being bottled.

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Off to Egypt now, where we witnessed the amazing energy and spectacle ofΒ  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 feast for the senses.This stall had many circular baskets containing all manner of nuts and dried fruit. No tasting was allowed. 😦

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

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When in London, a visit to Harrods is always fascinating, even if one doesn’t buy anything. At the top ofΒ  one of the staircases, we came upon this remembrance shrine to Princess Diana and Dodi, erected in 2008, by Dodi’s father Mohammed Al-Fayed, who owned the store for twenty-five years and sold it in 2010 forΒ οΏ‘1.5 billion.

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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. I’m 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 attempt at the archery. Just call it ‘beginner’s luck’. πŸ™‚

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Here’s another activity I’m not too shabby at. We were on a family holiday in Punta Cana, and 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 Oyle. πŸ˜†

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If you would like to see what other bloggers have come up with for Ailsa’s ‘Circles’ theme, just click here.

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97 comments on “Going round in circles for Ailsa.

  1. You are giggle AD !! Love that Whirling Dervish we’ve all heard of them and use the expression but maybe not many have seen one for REAL … was that what *YOU* were really doing with the Hula too πŸ˜‰
    Super Selection!

  2. What a great selection of circles, I like the market with the baskets and the dishes of spices.

  3. These are such fun pictures, Sylvia!!! Hula hoop wins by a mile. We had a hula contest this spring at work. I was wearing a hula skirt, so I thought that was enough hula for one set of hips. We had a grandma and and grandpa – different families that won! It was a riot. Your post is a BIG winner!

  4. You’re such a popular girl ! How wonderful that is Sylvia. Love your circles that you’ve shown here. And being able to visit Jack Daniels – priceless! Hope you were able to walk straight leaving there. Oh and the cake..Phil and I are all over that!

  5. I’m surprised hula hoops haven’t come back in style like so many other things from that era. Great exercise. I was surprised that I could still do it when I pulled mine out of the attic a few years back. All your choices were great for the challenge, as usual! No surprise there! πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Paula.No it didn’t hurt at all, but I couldn’t keep the 5 going for long. I have a 1kg hoop at home, and that can give me bruises if I do it too long. 😯

  6. I’m sure you’ve made rings around everyone who tried this theme. πŸ™‚
    *incredibly miffed* Nobody has brought in any of my Magic Circle masterpieces! Or even any of my (indisputably circular) CDs!

  7. That’s an awful lot of whisky! You’re teasing us with that cake again, I could really do with a slice right now and I’d even do the hula hooping afterwards – i’m quite good at that too!

  8. I hit a bullseye last time I tried my hand at archery, no one could believe it, including myself! πŸ˜‰
    And you just had to throw in some food didn’t you? πŸ˜‰

  9. Great photos for the challenge, Sylvia. I especially love the market in Fez, the hoola hoops (you’re awesome!), and that whirling dervish. I’ve seen whirling dervishes before and they will definitely set your head spinning. πŸ™‚

  10. When I was in Turkey, we also saw the Dervishes. I fell asleep πŸ˜‰
    The music was just too soothing, my dude’s shoulder was available – could not help myself πŸ˜‰
    Lovely pics AD πŸ™‚

  11. Wonderful photos which are perfect for the theme Sylvia, and of course you had to end it with that cake didn’t you?! πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ Now that’s all I can think about. πŸ˜€

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