You guessed it! Grace has “graced” us with her worldly knowledge by providing us with the correct answers to the Travelling quiz thingie. As a result, Grace will be honoured with a poem (written by me) on the topic of her choice. So think about it good and hard Grace and give me something to sink my teeth into!
In the meantime, I will set pen to paper and compose a few poems for our honourable mentions – OB and Red (these girls win the “Smart-Ass, Smartie Pants Prize”) and V and Anonymummy for making an appearance (call this the “Making an Appearance Prize”). Not sure what a Smart Ass booby-prize poem will sound or read like, but, what the heck…inanity and silly-ness can and should be practised from time to time! [time to release that first chakra…].
Thanks for participating folks…Here are the correct answers to the quiz with a few fun facts (included for your added enjoyment):
1. The largest stone Buddha in the world is located in Sichuan Province in China. The “Leshan Buddha” is carved into a cliff and soars 71 metres from top to bottom. The statue is over two thousand years old and took ninety years to complete! His nose alone is 5.6 metres high, and over 100 people can sit on his flat instep. The eyes are half closed (serene Buddha), giving his expression a kind and dignified manner. The Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
2. The Ancient city of Rome (la Citta Eterna, or The Eternal City) was founded in 753 BC by Romulus (maybe his nephews and nieces called him Uncle Remus!). It is the smallest nation in the world and enjoys a Mediterranean climate (although temperatures can become unbearably hot in the late summer months of August and September…). Visit this city and see such attractions as the Roman Colosseum, the Pantheon, The Catacombs, and the Baths of Caracalla. Rome will be hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics (for those sports enthusiasts out there…).
3. The Altimira Caves are located near the town of Santillana del Mar in Cantabria, Spain. I think I posed the question in a misleading way (I should have asked the name of the caves and region…but, what the heck – the main purpose of the quiz was to provide us with some arm-chair travelling and entertainment). The Altamira Caves are famous for their Upper Paleolithic cave paintings of wild mammals and human hands. The cave is over 270 metres long and contains richly historical layers of human archaeology (dating from 18, 500 to 14, 000 years ago!). The images on the cave walls were created with charcoal and ochre or hematite (the images of the bison and horses are most famous). An interesting (and sad) story surrounds the discovery of the caves too. In 1879, an amateur archaeologist by the name of Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola discovered the caves. Due to the supreme quality of the paintings, the archaeologist was criticised for his discovery and was even accused of forgery. In 1902, new information supported the authenticity of the paintings (14 years after Sautuola’s death), and the archaeologist’s “honour” was re-instated. Wouldn’t that be any researcher’s nightmare? Quite sad.
4. The Istria region of Croatia (in the former Yugoslavia) is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. The Istria lies in three countries (Croatia, Slovenia and Italy). Croatia’s savvy tourism bureau and businesses have penned the terms “Blue” and “Green” Istria to describe the coastal (blue for water) and land (green for vegetation/land) regions of this beautiful peninsula. I feel toasty, warm and very chic just cruising through this website [we should be proud to claim some Croatian heritage for ourselves Venus…you should check this site out!]. Istria has something for every type of traveller (from the adventurous, to the laid-back epicurean). I think my tummy is growling in agreement…I need to book my ticket — SOON!