A Word a Week Challenge: Old


This week, Sue’s challenge is ‘Old’, and she has some great photos for the theme. This started me thinking about some of the really old places I’ve visited, and things I’ve seen. Of course, as you may have noticed, my background photo is of Machu Picchu, the last stronghold of the Incas. Here is another view of this magnificent wonder of the world.

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This ancient religious site, dates back to the 15th century, and the stonework is a great example of the use of natural raw materials, which were used to provide outstanding architecture, totally appropriate to the surrounding environment. One gets such a sense of awe whilst wandering around this indescribably beautiful place.

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An even older structure, is the Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world. The construction of the wall started over 2,000 years ago, and the entire wall with all its branches has been found to measure 21,196 km.

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Another World Heritage site, is the Maya pyramid temple of Kukuikan, also know as El Castillo. This step pyramid found at Chichen Itza, dates back to 750AD and demonstrates the accuracy and importance of Maya astronomy. It has 365 steps, one for each day of the year. Each of the temple’s four sides has 91 steps, and the top platform makes the 365th.

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Another man-made construction of a quite different kind, is the Harrods building in Knightsbridge London. Of course it’s not quite as old as the previous two tourist attractions, only dating back to the mid 19th century, but it’s one of the world’s most famous stores. It covers a 5 acre site, and there are 90,000 sq.metres of selling space, spread over seven floors. This iconic landmark has over fifteen million visitors a year, and lives up to its motto, which is ” Omnia Omnibus Ubique.” (All Things for All People, Everywhere.)

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Now if you want something really old, you could go to the American Museum of Natural History, and there you will see the massive jaw of a Megalodon, the biggest prehistoric shark that ever terrorised the seas. It became extinct 1,5 million years ago, although there have been reported sightings even as recently as 1960. However, fishermen have been known to exaggerate on occasion, so maybe we shouldn’t be too worried. πŸ™‚

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Dinosaurs first appeared 230 million years ago and have been extinct for about 66 million years, so I guess that their remains would definitely qualify as old.

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One of my dearest friends told me that her 5Β½-year-old granddaughter asked her, “How old is Great Grandpa?” and when she replied, “He’ll be 94 this year,” Taryn digested this news for a few seconds, and then said, “Gee, that’s super old. Isn’t that when dinosaurs were on the earth?” Well hubby’s beautiful mom is going to be a hundred years old this August, and she has never once mentioned seeing dinosaurs when she was a child. πŸ™‚ Just in case you’re wondering; yes that is all her own hair. πŸ™‚

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my old post, and had a few smiles too. You can see Sue’s wonderful old pics, if you click here.

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86 comments on “A Word a Week Challenge: Old

  1. Lots of great “old” places and people! I wonder why your mother-in-law didn’t see any dinosaurs…. She must have been otherwise occupied!! πŸ™‚

  2. “Isn’t that when dinosaurs were on the earth?” Haha. And wow! Grandma has great hair!

  3. Last photo has got to be my favorite πŸ˜‰
    She looks amazing! Hope she enjoys her 100th birthday party! You two seem to get a long really well I think that is so sweet, I’m not sure who’s luckier to have who, lol!

  4. Dude you should really think of being a professional travel photo chick. You have been everywhere. I love the Chichen Itza pic. Very nice and the pics in Peru duuuuuuuude those are amazing.

  5. I remember thinking 50 was ancient, oh so long ago πŸ˜€
    Your MIL is gorgeous! Wishing her a wonderful 100th birthday in advance.

    • She is so amazing, Issy. A glass of red,wine, a packet of chips and some chocolate every evening, is all it takes. Oh yes, I almost forgot about the Oil of Olay. πŸ™‚

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  7. 100 year !!! Fantastic … I’m in the shape when I get there … I will be more than pleased. Brilliant gallery again from all over the world .. and ages.

  8. This is great selection/photographs, I loved them all… Thank you dear AD, you took me too once again to these beautiful places… Love, nia

  9. Wow. That Maya temple of Kukuikan is fantastic. Great picture as well. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  10. I have never been to so many places in one sitting. You always leave me breathless after the adventures you take me through. It is pure joy to visit.

  11. You respected my friends, for all that you give to us , in your posts deserve in my opinion : the most rewards . Thank you very much for share this for us

  12. You’ve gopt “old” covered in spades. But I think my favorite picture is of your husband’s grandma. I hope I see my 100th birthday standing on my own two feet with a head full of hair and a smile to boot. πŸ™‚

  13. Your pictures of all the places you’ve been to really make me quite envious… but then I know I probably will never get the and can enjoy it through your lens…

    • I have to admit that it’s only since I’ve been blogging, that I realise how very fortunate I am, and that not everyone gets to travel as much as I have.

  14. Hi AD, is there any chance we could get together with Col and Pussycat at Gateway at about 3 pm on the 17th or 5pm on the 19th?

    • I could be there on 19th at 5pm. Have you asked Col and Pussycat? It’s quite far for Pussycat to travel in the Friday traffic. Let me know what’s happening. I don’t have their phone numbers.

  15. I love this post. So neat to see landmarks I have been to or want to go to, and when you got to the end, I laughed aloud. So funny! Your mum-in-law is a good sport!

  16. Your photos are really lovely. Great Wall of China AND Machu Pichu!
    Your Ma in law looks amazingly fantastic for 100. Congratulations!

  17. 230 million years old – now that’s old! I love the fact that your friend’s granddaughter thought her great grandpa walked with dinosaurs – what a cutie! πŸ˜€

  18. I’m sure climbing up and down the stair of the Mayan temple would give your daily exercise requirements which could help you reach the tender age of 100 πŸ™‚ Hubby’s mom looks fantastic!

  19. Oh, I won’t mind looking like that when I’m a 100 years old AD and we would never end up in museums like the dinosaurs and of course most of us don’t look as beautiful as some of those old buildings. Lovely post and entry hon. πŸ™‚ *hugs*

  20. These ancient structures make me wonder how they were so advanced in capable of building such huge and accurate structures (not including logistics).

  21. Love your photos, when we went to China there were only old fashioned cameras but even with a new age one I could only dream of taking photos such as you took.

  22. Mom still looks quite sprightly for all her years!
    As for the rest – I like the old stuff so much better than I ever do the new – thanks!

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