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. 🙂

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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 5½-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. 🙂 Just in case you’re wondering; yes that is all her own hair. 🙂

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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.

Of New Year resolutions and Dinosaurs galore

Well, 2013 is upon us, full of exciting possibilities and new stuff to blog about. I never make New Year resolutions, as I have no vices that I can think of. 😆 Some people may decide to go on a strict diet after over indulging during the festive season. I thought I was okay, as my skinny jeans still zipped up, but that was until I stood on the scales at The Natural History Museum. The first one informed me that my weight on Jupiter would be 380 lbs. I comforted myself by saying that I had on my boots, jacket, a few layers of clothing, and was carrying my shoulder bag,  but….Oh my goodness!….. the next one I stood one said 3,300 lbs if I was on the sun. Not to worry about that though, as I would be burnt to a crisp, so shouldn’t weigh anything at all.  Apparently if I were to visit a neutron star, I would weigh 2 TRILLION lbs! Now there’s a scary thought. I decided to stay earthbound., and not go ‘Swingin’ on a star’ after all. 🙂

One of the first exhibits we saw was the 15.5 ton Williamette Meteorite which, billions of years ago, hit earth at 64,000 kph, in Oregon. It was discovered in 1902, and has been on display at the museum for 100 years, and has been touched by an estimated 50 million people, of which I am one. 🙂

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Of course, Tyrannosaurous Rex is one of the most impressive exhibits. It’s composed of fossil bones of two T Rex skeletons, discovered in the early 20th century in Montana. I wouldn’t be smiling like this if he was still alive.

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The Sauropod, one of the herbivorous dinosaurs, seemed to be attracting the most attention, probably because of its length. It was quite difficult to get it all in the photo. Size does count. 😆

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Here is a Lestodon, a ground sloth which became extinct 30,000 years ago. There is evidence that these creatures and early man shared the same caves, although not at the same time. 🙂

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This creature with its huge beak, looked as though it could be Donald Duck’s ancestor.

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There’s always a first time for everything, and I decided to pat this Allosaurus  Fragillis on the nose. He didn’t look terribly fragile to me, but at least he didn’t bite. 🙂

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The children for some reason only known to themselves, seemed really excited to see these prehistoric camel ancestors.

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The Megaloceros (Irish Elk), is the largest deer that has ever lived, and used to regrow these massive antlers which could weigh up to 40 kgs, every year.

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Did you ever see a turtle quite as friendly as this one? He looked as if he was saying, “Hi, so pleased to meet you.” 🙂

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Or a pair of jaws as huge as this Megalodon? I bet they really cleaned up the sea life on a grand scale.

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This giant clam shell was of great interest to little Max. The sign meant nothing to him, as at 20 months old, he can’t read yet. The meat from this clam would have made a decent amount of Clam Chowder.

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We all had a such a great time, exploring the wonders of the museum. It was my third time there, and I will definitely go again.

We have just passed Washington DC, on our way back to Florida. The roads are busy but  traffic is moving quickly. Tonight we are staying at Emporia, in Virginia, and we should be there about 6-30, in just over two hours. Hope you’re all having a great New Years Day. Now I will endeavour to catch up on my 971 e-mails. 😯