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Callanish Standing Stones

Four thousand years ago a Neolithic conversation in Callanish went as thus:

“Why don’t we stand huge fekin’ boulders on top of this hill?”

“They weigh five heffers each! Why?”

“Lets do it on the longest….no shortest day.”

“Eh Why?”

“Lets put them into the same pattern as the lights in the night sky, as god commands.”

“Come again beardy”

“No look over there, that group of hills resemble a sleeping woman. Lets do that !”

“Have you been smokin’ kelp weed again hairy? Word to the wise, keep magic fire away from that face.”

“I know. We’ll knock-up a prototype stone circle here on this hill here then build a bigger one 1,000 beardlengths over there. In that one lets bury the bones of Morag the Mammoth”

Today we have no clear idea why Neolithic Scots created the stone circles at Callanish. Without written history things get lost. We excavate, scan, carbon date and take arial surveys to guess how it was done and hope it leads to why. I love follies and curiosities and some very special buildings. You might guess the how, but never get the why. Neolithic Scots – I salute you. What is your ‘Callanish’ ?

A Stone Circle

 

Rainbow over Circle

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High Catalan Numbers

Above the village of Beuda towers a mountain. Sitting atop is a sanctuary, restaurant and library with stunning views of the Catalan countryside. Luckily I experienced nice puffy clouds and a fair sunset on this trip. Mare Déu del Mont’s altitude is up there in Catalan numbers, including the Pyrenees.  The area has many extinct volcano cones throughout the landscape.

Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Mont
Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Mont

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Besalú

The medieval town of Besalú sits north of Girona. You approach over a grand romanesque bridge with huge doorways over the river Fluvia. It is a 12th century fortress with a strong jewish history. Side streets are very small and bend sharply unfriendly to motor vehicles and great to stroll through.

Gateway across Besalú bridge
Gateway across Besalú bridge

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