Monday, January 21, 2008

The Stones of Stonehenge

Tomorrow --June 1st-- there will be a National Geographic special about Stonehenge. Here's a link to a MSNBC story titled, "Did Stonehenge start out as a royal cemetery?"

And here's the link to the National Geographic Special called Stonehenge Decoded.

I have somewhat of a similar viewpoint about the "cemetery" part, but mine is much more far out version given what happened to me at Stonehenge....but that's another story!

Below are some of my photos of the stones of Stonehenge.

And below is a video of yet another theory!

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Friday, January 18, 2008

The Wonder Of The Taj Mahal

Here's the "official" story as written on Wikipedia about the Taj Mahal:

"The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, that was built under Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal."

However, an alternate theory speculates that this story is just that--a story!

The alternative version goes like this:

"This story has been challenged by Professor P.N. Oak, author of Taj Mahal: The True Story, who believes that the whole world has been duped. He claims that the Taj Mahal is not Queen Mumtaz Mahal's tomb, but an ancient Hindu temple palace of Lord Shiva (then known as Tejo Mahalaya), worshipped by the Rajputs of Agra city.

In the course of his research, Oak discovered that the Shiva temple palace had been usurped by Shah Jahan from then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. Shah Jahan then remodelled the palace into his wife's memorial. In his own court chronicle, Badshahnama, Shah Jahan admits that an exceptionally beautiful grand mansion in Agra was taken from Jai Singh for Mumtaz's burial. The ex-Maharaja of Jaipur is said to retain in his secret collection two orders from Shah Jahan for the surrender of the Taj building." Read the rest by clicking here.

Whatever the truth, this huge structure is a testament to BALANCE and BEAUTY! Our small group were awestruck by this edifice. Having only seen photos of it, we never imagined the hordes of people walking around and perched in corners everywhere. (See photos). But then again, we should have considered that we were in India after all where people seem to be everywhere! And since this is one of the Great World Wonders, is it any wonder that so many would want to experience this beautiful building and grounds?

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Searching for Nessie

On our Scottish adventure, we covered a lot of ground-- not only physically, but also metaphysically. My partner-- being the ardent golfer he is-- had to check-out the famous golf courses of Scotland such as St. Andrews and Gleneagles.

I, on the other hand, wanted to experience Findhorn, Callanish (the former post), and most of all, Loch Ness. Somehow we managed to fit all of our interests into our adventure. We even managed to do touristy things like visit old castles and watch bagpipers pipe. We stayed at one expensive hotel where we actually pulled a long fat cord which rang the bell of the establishment and let them know we had arrived--something out of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. We oohed and ah'd at the subtle color of wild purple heather as we whizzed past the Scottish Highlands. (see photos)

BUT the highlight of our Scottish adventure for me was Loch Ness. We had no idea how immensely popular Loch Ness was (and still is!) with British tourists as well as international tourists. We hadn't booked a reservation, and when we showed up late one afternoon in Loch Ness, we quickly discovered there were no rooms available...anywhere! I had so much wanted to spend time the next day scanning the lake for a sighting of Nessie, the famous Loch Ness 'monster'.

We were both bummed that we hadn't planned ahead with a room reservation, but I suggested to my partner that we get a bite to eat at the charming inn (see photo on top) before heading back down the road. The prospect of sleeping in our car overnight didn't excite us, and we might as well leave with a happy tummy I reasoned.

So we returned to the first inn we had discovered upon driving into Loch Ness. It had a charming bar and restaurant and we proceeded to chow down on great food and drink. As we were dining, my partner received a tap on the shoulder. The proprietor remembered that we had been seeking a room for the night, and one had just opened up. Did we want it she asked. Once again our traveling angels had arranged the perfect set-up! All we had to do is fetch our bags from our car in the parking lot and kick back for the night. Then we would have hours to roam around the lake in the morning.

And that's exactly what we did. The biggest surprise was finding a local newspaper the following day with the headline and photo that showed a sighting of Nessie on the day we arrived!

The new movie, "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" calls me, and it's on my list of must-see movies. Ya see, I believe in Nessie. I KNOW she's there, and no matter how mythical she appears in movies or stories, I feel that in that Scottish Loch, Nessie lives on.

That's my fantasy, and I'm sticking to it!

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