Jake’s Sunday Post: Attraction


Here I am squeaking in at the last minute for Jake’s Sunday Challenge ‘Attraction’.

I’ve shown you many of the places which have attracted me to travel to different places, The most memorable in my mind, being the amazing sight of Machu Picchu. This 15th century Inca site is to be found in the Cusco region of Peru, and is almost 8,000 feet above sea level.

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Egypt had long been on my bucket list, and one of the attractions I really wanted to see, was The Great Sphinx of Giza, situated on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile River. The head of the Great Sphinx is believed to be that of the Pharaoh Khafra.

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The fallen and badly damaged limestone statue of Ramesses The Great, near Memphis, would have stood over 13 metres high. He was the most powerful Pharaoh of them all, and ruled Egypt from 1279 to 1213 BC.

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The famous Terracotta Army in X’ian, dates back to 210-209 BC. These soldiers and their horses were buried with the Emporer Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, supposedly to protect him in the afterlife.

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Another attraction in China, is the Li River in Guangxi Zhuang. We did a cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, and the scenery was truly breathtaking.

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The USA has many attractions, and the most amazing place I’ve ever visited is Yellowstone National Park. Something we had to see, was the Old Faithful cone geyser, which shoots 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet. The average height of an eruption is 145 feet, and occurs roughly every hour and a half.

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Something else I’d always wanted to see was the huge bronze Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.It was inscribed with the words, “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” It dates back to 1752 and in its early years, was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations. It acquired its large crack some time in the early 19th century.

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A well-known attraction in San Francisco, is the iconic trolley bus, or tram. The first ones were pulled by horses, who managed with great difficulty to climb the city’s steep hills, until the electric tram was tested and brought into service in 1873.

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Of course, you can’t go to San Fran without visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, the most popular tourist attraction there.

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I was so excited to see the Statue of Liberty on my first visit to New York. Lady Liberty is located in New York Harbour, and was a gift of international friendship from the people of France, in 1886.

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So many attractions, so little time, but to end off, I just have to include another photo of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. This is one of the most photogenic attractions I’ve yet to see.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my pics. To see more attraction, visit Jake’s Sunday Post. He has already posted the next challenge, so why not have a go at it?

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67 comments on “Jake’s Sunday Post: Attraction

  1. You have been to many of the world’s greatest attractions, Sylvia! I love Machu Picchu, the Terra Cotta Army, Victoria Falls, and most of all Guilin, one place I’m dying to go! πŸ™‚

  2. You have been to some amazing places! And you have a great eye for the perfect photo of each place. Your shot of Vic Falls is fantastic!

  3. Your post triggered some fond memories for me, AP. A school trip to Zimbabwe and Vic Falls (when you could still go to Zim and not get into trouble – when camping at Vic Falls I was more interested in the warthogs and baboons than the falls, lol) and a grade 5 school project we had to do about Machu Picchu – we tried to remake that famous golden guy from clay and painted him gold, studded with “precious stone” – looked awful but because we tried we got good marks. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.

  4. β€œThe world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
    ― Augustine of Hippo

    You could write volumes. Augustine would be very proud of you….

  5. Squeaking in at the last minute with a stellar posting of some magnificent travels and photos to show all of us. THanks for taking us along. Nice series.

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  7. Isn’t it wonderful to look back at all the wonderful places you have been to in the world. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely photos.

  8. Enjoyed your pics as always AD!
    I saw the Sphinx from afar, in deep twilight, but I have a blurry picture to prove it πŸ˜‰
    The man attraction for me was, was always, Machu Picchu, and I have my own little, mass produced, terra cotta soldier standing guard in my garden πŸ˜‰

    • I really have no idea, Gilly. I don’t think it is rung any more. Well, next stop is England for my MiL’s 100th, then a Rhine cruise, then back to Florida.

  9. Great adventures and images, as usual. I agree with a previous comment that it makes me weary just to think of all this moving about. πŸ˜€

  10. How blessed you are to have been to these wonderful places AD. Great post and photo’s hon! πŸ™‚ *hugs*

  11. Wonderful scenes all. I wonder what the reasoning behind not fixing the crack in the Liberty Bell has been? It sends out an imperfect message, in more ways than one.

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