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Brigitte’s Pick: Unusual places where people LIVE

July 4, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thanks Brigitte for this! Where (of the following) would you choose to live?

“Able was I ere I saw Elba” (to be read both ways with identical results) but after escaping and then losing all at Waterloo, St Helena was Napoleon’s final place of exile. If you were to choose a place of exile which (of the following) would you choose as your final destination?

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

Over to Brigitte’s Pick!

A village inside a volcano crater, cliff houses made of clay and a tiny town that lives under a rock: Are’nt these the most magical settlements in the world?

  • Some villages exist in what would be considered as uninhabitable places around the world
  • They have thrived by adapting to the natural surroundings and some remain hidden away from the rest of the world
  • Hidden villages can be found in the middle of the Grand Canyon, in clay structures on rock faces, and underground

Nestled in some of the most beautiful corners of the world, are tiny settlements of people who have adapted to live around nature.

From villages under boulders in Portugal, to floating villages in Peru, these dwellings are hidden away from the rest of the world.

The secluded settlements are often cut off from the surrounding areas, but are each set in their own natural paradises.

Bravest village ever? The settlement of Aogashima in the Philippine Sea, has 200 inhabitants who live in the middle of a volcanic crater

Aogashima, Philippine Sea

Perhaps the last place you would expect to find a living community would be inside a tropical volcanic island in the Philippine Sea.

The last time the Class-C volcano erupted was in the 1780s, and it proved fatal for half of the people living on the island.

Over fifty years later, the inhabitants who had escaped the island returned, and now there are 200 brave villagers living there.

Hidden behind a rock! This tiny settlement is concealed from the Greek coastline behind a giant rock on the island

Monemvasia, Greece

Monemvasia is a little settlement concealed behind a huge rock face in Laconia in Greece.

The island was separated from the mainland in 375 AD by an earthquake, although a small walkway has been created since for easy access to the mainland.

Inhabitants are hidden away from the rest of the world, with spectacular views of the Palaia Monemvasia bay.

Giant honeycomb! The Phugtal Monastery in India is hidden on a cliff on the entrance to a cave in the Zanskar region

Phugtal Monastery, India

The hidden cliff face village of Phuktal or Phugtal Monastery is one of the most isolated monasteries in northern India.

Constructed from mud and timber, it is located at the entrance to a cave on a cliff face in the south-eastern Zanskar region in Ladakh district.

Looking like a giant honeycomb it was founded in the early 12th century, but remained a hidden treasure until the 1800s when Alexander Cosmo de Koros visited the place, and stayed there for a year.

The remote east Greenland village of Isortoq includes a supermarket, the large red building (pictured front)

Isortoq, Greenland

On 64 people reside on Greenland’s Isortoq village, which is set in the middle of miles of snow and ice.

The Inuit inhabitants used to be forced to survive on only meat, as the harsh landscape didn’t allow for plants to be grown.

They do have a supermarket nowadays, which offers a variety of other produce.

There is even ketchup and mayonnaise available for eating with seal !

Long way to the corner shop! Only 16 people live in this tiny village nestled high on the cliffs near the coast of the Faroe Islands

Gásadalur Village, Denmark

The isolated village of Gásadalur situated on the west side of Vágar in the Faroe Islands.

Only 16 residents live in the peaceful settlement, with stunning views of tumbling cliffs overlooking the North Atlantic’s Gulf Stream.

A tunnel was built through the mountains in 2004, but before that, a walk to the next village would have meant a strenuous hike or horseback ride over the 400m high mountain.

Nestled in one of the driest locations on earth, is Huacachina; a town complete with trees, hotels, shops and even an oasis library – tranquil!

Huacachina, Peru

In the midst of one of the driest climates in the world is an oasis town with lush palm trees, flourishing foliage, and a tranquil lagoon which is said to have curative properties.

The magical town is called Huacachina, and it can be found not only on adventurers’ bucket lists, but also in a barren desert in Peru.

Visitors can visit the surreal settlement and the 96 residents who thrive on running small businesses on their greatest resource; sand.

The incredible Cliff of Bandiagara in Mali is an impressive series of clay structures, which are home to the Dogon people

The Cliff of Bandiagara, Mali

It looks like a model village created by clay, but it is actually a real village in West-Africa, home to the Dogon people.

The Cliff of Bandiagara is zone of tablelands, gorges and plains which has been constructed out of red-coloured clay.

The series of fascinating clay chambers consists of houses, granaries, altars, sanctuaries and, or communal meeting-places, which look perfect for exploring.

Fairytale village! Undredal is hidden in a narrow valleyin the Aurlandsfjord in Norway, and looks like something out of Disney movie

Undredal, Norway

The small village of Undredal is home to approximately 100 people and 500 goats, and is a popular tourist destination along the Aurlandsfjorden.

Undredal is famous for the brown goat cheese, and even produces goat sausages.

Before 1988, Undredal was only accessible by boat, but now a road connection has been made by constructing two tunnels as part of the European route E16.

A village in a Fjord! Furore in Italy is a brightly coloured settlement tucked away in the mouth of the fjord

Furore, Italy

Tucked away in a Fjord is a quaint Italian village, completed with brightly coloured houses decorated with murals.

Furore can be discovered in the Campania region of south-western Italy, although it used to be practically hidden from travellers.

Following Furore being dubbed ‘the village that doesn’t exist,’ the mayor decided it was time for action, and sought to put the minuscule commune on the map.

He ordered that the tiny buildings should be painted in vibrant colours so the picturesque village could be viewed from the coastal road.

Green haven! Sapa is one of the most beautiful places in earth, and is home to villagers who farm the rice fields and sell trinkets to visitors

Sapa, Vietnam

Cascading vibrant green rice fields line the hills in the Sapa region of North Vietnam.

Hill-tribe people fill the mountains with colour, and open their homes to tourists who flock to take in the incredible views across the region.

Visitors can trek through the hills and buy colourful trinkets from the tribes people, who accompany them on the walk to help.

Giant mole hills? An entire population of over a thousand residents live underground in dugouts at Coober Pedy in northern South Australia

There is even an underground chapel (left) and houses that come with lounges, (right) kitchens and dining rooms

Coober Pedy, Australia

From first glance you would think that Coober Pedy in northern South Australia, is a series of giant mole hills.

It is, in fact, a town concealed underground in dugouts which were built to withstand the blazing daytime heat.

According to the 2011 census, its population was 1,695 (953 males, 742 females), who live in the area to mine the precious opals that lie there.

Gorge-ous views! Tiny hilltop village, Rougon, boasts panoramic views of the surrounding Verdon Gorge in the south of France

Rougon, France

After winding your way through the picturesque mountain views in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in France, you will stumble on a preserved, peaceful village called Rougon.

Sitting under a large rocky outcrop, the hidden village is perfectly situated for panoramic views of the Verdon gorge.

Visitors can explore the Saint Christophe chapel, the Huguenote church, the remains of its feudal castle and enjoy the local fair occurring in the last Sunday in June.

If you are feeling adventurous, guests can camp at the village all year round.

The Havasupai tribe are the smallest Indian nation in America, with just over 600 village inhabitants. It is so remote that mail is delivered by mule

Supai, Arizona

Millions travel to witness the spectacular Grand Canyon every year, but few know that this Arizona landscape is home to a secret tribe, hidden away in its depths.

More than 600 people are part of the Havasupai tribe, which is the smallest Indian nation in America.

Visitors can reach the mysterious tribe on foot or by helicopter or mule, and experience life in the village of Supai, which has a cafe, general stores, a lodge, post office, school, LDS chapel, and a small Christian church.

The most remote location in the world: Tristan da Cunha is situated over a thousand miles from the nearest land and has 300 residents

Tristan da Cunha, Saint Helena

Taking the prize for the most remote village is Tristan da Cunha, which is only accessible by a six-day boat journey from South Africa or as part of epic month-long cruises through the South Atlantic Ocean.

The inhabited archipelago stands 1,243 miles from Saint Helena, 1,491 miles from South Africa and 2,088 miles from South America in the middle of ocean.

It’s just seven miles long and 37.8 square miles in area, and has but one settlement at the foot of the 6,765-foot Queen Mary’s Peak, with 300 residents all of whom farm for a living.

Floating village! The Uros live on islands made by interwoven reeds which sit in Lake Titicaca Puno. The tribe have been living on the lake for hundreds of years, since Incas expanded onto their land forcing them out

Uros Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca Puno, Peru and Bolivia

Secluded from the world are the Uros Islands in Lake Titicaca Puno which sits on the border of Peru and Bolivia.

The pre-Incan Uru tribe live on forty-two floating islands that are made out of totora reeds.

Reeds must be constantly added to the islands, as the bottom rots away in the water.

The Uros also use these reeds for a big part of their diets, and consume the white bottom of the reeds as they are pulled from the bottom of the islands.

The village under a rock! Monsanto in Portugal has built its homes around the 200-tonne rocks in the area. Some of its 828 brave residents even sleep under gigantic boulders

Monsanto, Portugal

Residing under a roof that weighs more than the average cruise ship may make some people anxious.

Residents in the Portuguese village of Monsanto, have adapted their homes around the gigantic granite boulders.

In the mountaintop village, homes are sandwiched between, under and even in the 200-tonne rocks.

Brigitte’s Pick: About Global Warming, Carbon Tax and all that rubbish fed to us by Politicians and Tree Huggers

July 2, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thanks Brigitte for this.

At first glance Ian Rutherford Plimer makes sense, right?

Now, time permitting, read these wise words a little more carefully, read each sentence and think about what this fairly typical spin doctor is actually saying. How much sense is he really making. And where do the strands in his pseudo-logical web part (and they do part upon only brief scrutiny) bringing our spidery mining friend and his spinning down in ruin.

Let me start you off in the right direction by picking a sentence fragment, more or less at random…

“putting a brick in your toilet reservoir.” I have done that. If it reduces CO2 emissions, excellent. If a volcano erupts negating my brick’s impact on climate change so what? That wasn’t a concern in the first place. Saving water, saving money, reducing pointless waste – that was my objective, and if every person in California or Plimer’s Australia did it they wouldn’t be facing as many droughts. If putting a brick in the bog flush makes me a bunny hugging fool in Plimer’s eyes I strongly suggest the man is in need of an optician. I won’t waste more time tearing Plimer apart but if are stuck in a waiting room, a board meeting, etc. I invite you to methodically and logically tear this entire thesis to shreds. Quite a useful exercise actually. Plimer’s a kak-handed propagandist at best but there are far subtler rogues out there.

Over to Plimer! Let your shredding commence!

Where does Carbon Dioxide really come from?

Ian Rutherford Plimer is an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at theUniversity of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies.

He has published 130 scientific papers, six books and edited the Encyclopedia of Geology.

Born 12 February 1946 (age 67)
Residence Australia
Nationality Australian
Fields Earth Science, Geology, Mining Engineering
Institutions University of New England,University of Newcastle,University of Melbourne,University of Adelaide
Alma mater University of New South Wales,MacquarieUniversity
Thesis The pipe deposits of tungsten-molybdenum-bismuth in eastern Australia(1976)
Notable awards Eureka Prize (1995, 2002),Centenary Medal (2003), Clarke Medal
(2004)

Where Does the Carbon Dioxide Really Come From?

Professor Ian Plimer could not have said it better!
If you’ve read his book you will agree; this is a good summary.

PLIMER: "Okay, here’s the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet – all of you.

Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress – its that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.

I know….it’s very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kids "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cent light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs…..

well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.

The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere in just four days – yes, FOUR DAYS – by that volcano in Iceland which has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time – EVERY DAY.

I don’t really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt. Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth.

Yes, folks, Mt.Pinatubo was active for over one year – think about it.

Of course, I shouldn’t spoil this ‘touchy-feely tree-hugging’ moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keeps happening despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.

And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud, but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.

Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you, on the basis of the bogus ‘human-caused’ climate-change scenario.

Hey, isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention ‘Global Warming’ anymore, but just "Climate Change" – you know why?

It’s because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming rubbish artists got caught with their pants down.

And, just keep in mind that you might yet be stuck with an Emissions Trading Scheme – that whopping new tax – imposed on you that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer.

It won’t stop any volcanoes from erupting, that’s for sure.

But, hey, relax…give the world a hug and have a nice day!"

Brigitte’s Pick: Africa!

June 6, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thanks Brigitte for the latest batch of “Oh Gawd! Surely not?!!!???” images from Africa. If you have been there you’ll have seen this sort of thing before. If you haven’t, isn’t it about time you went there and had a look for yourself? I’ll be reacquainting myself with Namibia at the end of next month. It’s going to be good! Mustn’t forget my camera!

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

From: Brigitte Alpers

the Funny side of Afria …

Brigitte’s Pick: The funniest this year! And what a punchline!

June 4, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thinks the following from Brigitte is just about as good as her Pick gets!

Happens……..

Only in

India

Only in Pakistan

Only in

Bangladesh

Only inJapan

ONLY IN

INDONESIA

Only in Thailand

Only in Texas

Only in Hawaii

Only inChina

AND
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Only in Australia

and in Africa

She has a Ph.D. from a Zimbabwe university of which her Husband and President for Life, Robert Mugabe, is the chancellor.

Dr. Grace is aiming to succeed him as president, she obtained this degree within 2 months………….

Brigitte’s Pick: : Mongolian Nomadic tribe lives among the reindeer

May 28, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thinks you’ll enjoy this latest from Brigitte. My beloved wife is often in Mongolia doing good environmental works (as usual) and speaks very highly of the people and scenery, wildlife and immensity of wilderness. Her photo library bulges with wolves, yaks, sturdy men on ponies, eagles and precipices. Reindeer, too. But none quite as dramatically captured for posterity as these!

Subject: FW: : Mongolian Nomadic tribe lives among the reindeer

Mongolian Nomadic tribe lives among the reindeer

Thought this most interesting…….. and great photography

When we think of reindeer, most of us jump

to the same imagery: the North Pole, snow and Christmas time.

When you think of reindeer, your mind might not immediately go to the Altai Mountains of

Outer Mongolia in Central Asia. Here, a nomadic tribe lives among the reindeer.

The lives of the real-life reindeer riders have fascinated outsiders for generations.

The idyllic land was described in 518 B.C.E. by Greek poet Pindar as "Hyperborea" and the

tribe as a healing race living peacefully with "neither disease not bitter old age is mixed.

in their sacred blood; far from labor and battle. "

The tribe’s contemporary name is the Mongolian Taïga Dukha, for the Taïga region mountain range

in Khövsgöl, Mongolia.

It’s neighbored by the Russian border and the remote Darkhad valley.

Much of the area is under natural protection, although it’s noted for its inaccessibility and

remoteness, even by local standards.

Although the Dukha call the area home, they are certainly not a dominating force: they

readily share their space with an incredible array of their animal neighbors.

Wild horses, bears, eagles, and wolves are all common to Khövsgöl’s landscape.

The Dukha have for generations bred docile reindeer, although never for meat. Their

unique form of reindeer husbandry is keenly conscious of the area’s conservation and bio-diversity.

The reindeer provide a great means of transportation along the rough terrain for

migrating, hunting and occasionally taking trips into town. Nearby villages will often

purchase and collect the antlers the reindeer naturally shed during wintertime.

Beyond the reindeer, Dukha have a tradition of eagle hunting.

The Dukha practice Tengrism, a shamanistic religion that emphasizes totemism, the spiritual

connection and kinship with animals, plants and spirit beings.

There’s a seamless blend from totemism in religious practice and everyday life.

For example, one of the most honorable titles passed down by generations is the eagle hunter

who tames and trains eagles to hunt small prey for food.

Photographer and Mongolia/Tibetan language scholar Hamid Sardar-Afkhami spent some

time with this incredible Himalayan tribe to bring these incredible images.

I found this information. Deep in the Larch Forests of Northern Mongolia lives a tiny tribe of people known as the Dukha. For more than 3,000 years they have survived as nomads, moving camp 10 times a year across the mountains. Their existence is pinned on one animal: the reindeer. But their unique way of life now hangs in the balance.

Getting to the taiga, where the Dukha live, is a long and arduous process. From the traffic-choked streets of Mongolia’s capital, Ulaan Bataar, it’s an hour’s flight to the tiny city of Murun. From there it’s two long days of intense off-roading through the vast, wild landscape of the Mongolian steppe.

Our guide was Dan Plumley, an American who first encountered the Dukha more than 10 years ago and who went on to create the Totem People’s Project, an organization that works to empower and protect nomadic reindeer herders in Northern Mongolia and Eastern Siberia.

"They just basically grabbed me by the lapels and said, ‘You can’t leave us, you’re the only who knows that we’re challenged people and we’re facing extinction and we need help,’" Plumley explained.

The final stage of the journey into the taiga is the most grueling: a 10-hour trek on horseback, crossing three mountains through thick mud and dense forest. And then, in the distance, we catch the first glimpse, almost surreal, of a Dukha man riding a reindeer.

There are 52 Dukha families in the taiga. They live in small groups in tepees spread out over an area of some 6 million acres. Unlike most reindeer-herding cultures, the Dukha raise their deer primarily for milk production. Reindeer milk, reindeer yoghurt and reindeer cheese are the staples of the Dukha diet. Only a small amount of reindeer are actually slaughtered for meat and pelts.

The most important function of the reindeer is as a means of transportation. The deer may look small, but they have extremely strong necks from the heavy weight of their antlers, which weigh up to 50 pounds.

From a very young age, Dukha children learn to ride the deer, often without saddles. The relationship between the Dukha and their deer is very loving — these are the oldest domesticated reindeer in the world.

Sanjin is a revered Dukha elder. His son is also a reindeer herder.

"The reindeer are our life," he said, "Everything we do is connected to them."

"It’s a great heritage from our ancestors," added his son.

Without Electricity, Running Water, Dukha Separated from Modern World

Life for the Dukha tribe is simple and hard. There is no electricity or running water, and the temperature can drop to 40-below-zero in the winter. While they are starting to incorporate elements of the modern world, such as solar-panel batteries and satellite dishes, into their daily life, they are doing it at their own pace.

"They’re interested in bettering their life, but they want to do it on their terms," explained Plumley, "And living on their terms is a window for us from a harried world into what’s really important in life: friends and family, spending time laughing and telling stories, seeing nature and all of its beauty."

It’s easy to get swept up in the dramatic beauty of the landscape and the velvety fur of the reindeer. But the animals face very real threats to their existence. Increased mineral prospecting, gold mining and timber cutting are destroying the reindeer habitat."

Brigitte’s Pick: How he broke his collarbone – excellent!!

October 2, 2013

Hugh Paxtons Blog reckons nobody’s evening could be complete without a Brigitte’s Pick! And here, to make your evening complete is a Brigitte’s Pick!

Ouch!

Off and over to Brigitte!

Brigitte’s Pick: Fantastic Engineering Photos

August 12, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thanks correspondent Brigitte for this bunch. Definitely food for thought (especially the chocolate thingumabob and the stove). Would be architects read on. A lot of ideas out there. Not all of them good ones!

Best from Hugh in Bangkok with a super-typhoon now muttering about its arrival. Who needs fireworks? The skies over Bangkok are on fire with lightning and the booming of thunder sounds like …booming thunder! That has brought all its friends along for a boom-a-long! The power will go out in a minute or two. Any engineers out there short of ideas, how about designing a candle holder that glows in the dark and enables you to find the candles after all is dark and the candles have vanished as usual just when you need them? Merely a thought! Over to Brigitte. She begins with a church!

Subject: FW: Fantastic Engineering Photos

A church in Norway

The Hands vintage sofa

A masterpiece made from wood,amazing bathtub design ..

Seaside Deck, Hawaii

I want this tree house !

Beds for three.

Dream Stove – this is amazing !

DoubleBack – VW’s Sliding Extension Camper Van !

Compact office

Mercedes-Benz BIOME concept car. Do you want this car

This smart-board will simultaneously serve as your cutting board, display your recipes,

provide step-by-step directions and weigh your ingredients out for you.

After you wash it, it will even tell you if it has been cleaned enough to avoid

cross-contamination or food poisoning. Wow!

Bowl of chocolate.- Is this the ultimate in baking craft????
Meet http://www.welldonestuff.com/

A perfect setup for a hard gamer ! If you and I could afford this for computer games

What an idea! Modern coffee/teapot serving
designed by a Turkish Design Studio Altera Tasarim.

Product website : http://www.alteratasarim.com/asgallery.swf

Solar Powered Simple Transparent Touch Screen Pocket Calculator
For purchase and detail specifications please visit: http://buff.ly/16ZzgSQ

That’s cool ! Creativity at its best in Interior Decor

16th Avenue tiled mosaic steps, San Fran-USA

Hanging Beds in a Forest Resort !

Creative library chair – All in One.

25 percent of Denmark is now powered exclusively by wind.

Tree top suspension bridges in Vancouver, BC Canada..

Visitors move from tree to tree at a height of 30 meters.

Perfect ! An aesthetic creative garden pond

One of the most beautiful sights of London

Waterflow : Ladybower Reservoir In Derbyshire, England

World’s Largest Solar Powered Ship.-U.K.

Brigitte’s Pick: A must have in SA

July 16, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog will be buying one of these ASAP! Thanks Brigitte! You a true friend of the South African car owner!

Brigitte’s Pick: Stairs….Unbelievable!

July 13, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog would like to thank Brigitte for giving me vertigo. I’m a press the button on the lift sort of chap. These stairs? I wouldn’t step foot on them if my life depended on it.

Start the climb!

Wurzburg , German

Pailon del Diablo,Equador

Chand Baori fountain in India. These steps lead to a huge fountain built in the tenth century to collectrain in the region and accumulate them in temporary lakes.The structure has a total of 3,500 steps and down to a depth of 30 meters.

Elbsandsteingebirge stairs in Schsische Schweiz, Germany. Some steps are cut directly into the rock of these mountains.Dating from the thirteenth century and were eroded by wind and water, but it remained being used daily by tourists. 487 steps, which have been restored in the eighteenth century to facilitate transit.

Crack of Guatape in Antioquia, Colombia.Corner stone is a genuine monolith with a height of 220 meters.Cement stairs were built directly on the rock, filling the crack where the sides support the structure. To reach the top, you must climb the 702 steps.

Haiku scale in Oahu, Hawaii. This extraordinary scale spanning 3922 steps, climbing and descending a hill of 850 meters. It was created to facilitate the installation of antennas in 1942.Largely made of wood, was modernized in 1950 with metal, but closed to the public since 1987.

The Inca road in Peru. An ancient trade route that connects Cuzco to Machu Picchu town. there are miles and miles of stairs in some very unsafe places, such as for example the famous floating stage.

Wayna Pichu at Machu Pichu, Peru.Some steps cut into the rock which crown an ascent of 360 feet above the main city of Machu Pichu. In some sectors, the ascent is complicated, passing through narrow portions with small erodedsteps. They allow only 400 tourists to climb daily, and shuts down access at 1 p.m.

Cross Road ladder in Bermeo, Basque Country, Spain. This network connects with endless steps where Rocky is a small church dating from the tenth century, it seems to be of Templar origin.To reach the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatze must climb 231 steps and there are gaps between steps are identified to be the footprints of St. John, which are assigned certain curative powers. For example, sit on them for healing, or touch the hat to cure headaches.

Scale worm Taihang Mountains on the border betweenShanxi and Henan provinces in China.This scale worm of approximately 100 meters was recently installed with the intention of attracting thousands of tourists to the beautiful Taihang mountains. Before climbing visitors are asked to sign a form assuring that are no heart or lung problems.

Brigitte’s Pick:: ” JUST A TYPEWRITER “.

July 8, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thinks this post from Brigitte is lovely! I’m sure you will agree!

Let’s begin!

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He lived at Rose Haven Nursing Home (Roseburg, OR) for years.

Paul Smith, the man with extraordinary talent was born on September 21, 1921, with severe cerebral palsy. Not only had Paul beaten the odds of a life with spastic cerebral palsy, A disability that impeded his speech and mobility but also taught himself To become a master artist as well as a terrific chess player, even after being devoid of a formal education as a child.

"When typing, Paul used his left hand to steady his right one." Since he couldn’t press two keys at the same time, he almost always locked the shift key down and made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, his pictures were based on these characters ….. @ # $ % ^ & * ( )_ . Across seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures. He often gave the originals away. Sometimes, but not always, he kept or received a copy for his own records. As his mastery of the typewriter grew, "He developed techniques to create shadings, colors, and textures that made his work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings."

This great man passed away on June 25, 2009, but left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many. You know that saying about, “when life closes a door, God opens a window"?
Well, I think God just helped this man build a whole new house.
Please share this Typewriter Art. Can you believe that this art was created using a typewriter?

"I Shall Look At The World Through Tears. Perhaps I Shall See Things That, Dry-Eyed, I Could Not See".—Nicholas Wolterstorff.

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.
You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good.
So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t.
Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Falling down is part of LIFE… Getting back up is LIVING


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