A Celtic Hymn to Love

With images from Scotland
May the path meet you.
May the wind always blow at your back and the rain fall soft on your fields.
And until we meet again, may the Future smile on you constantly.
May you live as long as you want and may you always be able to live fully.
Always remember to forget the things that made you sad, but never forget to remember the ones that made you happy.
Always remember to forget the friends who turned out to be false, but never forget to remember those who remained faithful.
Always remember to forget about the problems that have already passed, but never forget to remember the good things of each day.
May the saddest day in your future be no worse than the happiest day in your past.
May the roof never fall on you and may the friends gathered under it never leave.
May you always have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and may the way always open at your door.

May you always have warm words in a cold evening, a full moon in a dark night, and may the way always open at your

May you live a hundred years, with an extra year to repent.
May the Future keep you in its “hands” and don’t squeeze its fingers too much.
May your neighbors respect you, problems leave you, your friends accompany you, and your health does not fail you.
And may the fate of the Celtic hills embrace you.
May you never regret being born.
May your conscience be light and your heart heavy with friendship and love.
May good luck pursue you, and each day and night you have walls against the wind, a roof from the rain, drinks by the fire, laughter that comforts those you love, and that your heart may be filled with everything you desire.
May you see your children’s children, may your misfortune be brief and leave you rich with longing. May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
May you have many years of life, pursuing Friendship, Solidarity, and Peace among all Human Beings…
…and so be it every year, forever!

Original: “Saudação Celta” by an unknown author!

Ghana

The Ghana National Flag
Accra (capital)
The busy streets of Kumasi
Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a friendly city of about four million people. Its architecture ranges from traditional African buildings to large elegant colonial houses and modern high-rise buildings.
Taxis on the main street of Accra
Residential area
Airport City, Accra
Black Star Square and Independence Arch, Accra
Achimota School
Independence Square, Accra
Deserted beach
Axim Beach
Amedzofe Village
Fishing Harbour
Lake Akosombo
Fishing Boats
Pottery Market
Ghana, West Africa
Butre is a village in Ahanta West District, a district in the Western Region of Ghana.
Ghana Fisherman
Coconuts
Cocoa Jute Bags
Mole National Park
Mole National Park is a Ghanaian national park located in the northwest of the country. It is the park in Ghana with the largest area.
Accra
Senya Beraku
Kokrobite Beach
Ghana Kids Surf
Senya Beraku Fort
Château Cape Coast
Dixcove
Larabanga is a village in West Gonja District, a district in the north-western part of the region of Ghana. The village is known for its whitewashed, adobe Sahelian mosque dating from 1421.
Larbanga Mosque
Elmina Castle
Pikworo Slave Camp
Dixcove seen from the fort
Cash

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Pictures from Internet. Based on ppt presentation “Le Ghana”, which its author is not identified.

Modern architecture

Wonders of modern architecture
The Cybertecture Egg – Mumbai, India
Grand Lisbon – Macau, China
Bullring & Grand Central – Birmingham, United Kingdom
BMW Welt – Munich, Germany
MoPOP Museum (Museum of Pop Culture) – Seattle, USA
Mumbai Convention Centre – Mumbai, India
Sage Gateshead – Gateshead, United Kingdom
USAFA Cadet Chapel – Colorado, USA
Universum Bremen – Bremen, Germany
Fuji TV Building – Tokyo, Japan
30 St. Mary Axe aka The Gherkin – London, United Kingdom
Lotus Temple – Delhi, India
National Centre of the Performing Arts – Beijing, China
Banknote Building – Kaunas, Lithuania
Palais Bulles – Cannes, France
The Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín” – Canary Islands, Spain
The Seashell House – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Torre Galatea – Figueres, Spain
Curve House – Sopot, Poland
Terracotta House – Leyva, Colombia
Cathedral of Brasília – Brasilia, Brazil
Cape Romano Dome House – Florida, USA
Earth House – Lostorf, Switzerland
The Eden Project – Cornwall, United Kingdom
Chapel of the Holy Cross – Arizona, USA
Druzhba Holiday Center Hall – Yalta, Russia
Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval – Hauterives, France
Olympic Stadium – Montreal, Canada
National Library of Republic of Belarus – Minsk, Belarus
WonderWorks Pigeon Froge – Tennesse, USA
Steam World Museum – Gramado, Brazil
The Piano Building – Huainan, China
Great Mosque of Djenné – Djenné, Mali
Chang Building aka Elephant Building – Bangkok, Thailand
The Dancing House aka Fred and Ginger – Prague, Czech Republic
Kunsthaus Graz: Contemporary Art – Graz, Austria
La Tête Carrée – Nice, France
Casa do Penedo – Fafe, Portugal
Ripley’s Believe it or Not – Ontario, Canada
Snail House – Sofia, Bulgaria
House Attack – Vienna, Austria
Hằng Nga Guesthouse – Da Lat, Vietnam
Habitat 67 – Montreal, Canada
Sutyagin House – Anchangelsk, Russia
Cube House – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Heliodyssee: Grand Four Solaire of Odeillo – Odeillo, França
Flintstone House – California, USA
Robert Harvey Oshatz – Oregon, USA
Bunker House – Illinois, USA
Beijing National Stadium aka Bird’s Nest – Beijing, China
END…

Breathtaking buildings, where architecture meets its zenith… But this is just a glimpse of architecture zenith in the World.

This post was based on the PowerPoint presentation that you can find here: https://slideplayer.com.br/amp/10451635/

I do not know its author!

10 special places

10 Special Places, Worldwide!

1 – Rocas Baimbridgen – Galapagos – Ecuador

blue lagoon galapagos islands ecuador 10 lugares Gumps
This amazing place is in Ecuador and belongs to the Galapagos archipelago.
This unbelievable shallow water lagoon in the middle of the sea is a food court for millions of flamingos.

2 – Nyiragongo Crater – Africa

3 – Navagio Beach – Greece

4 – Havasu – Arizona Falls – USA

5 – Mont Saint Michel – France

6 – Death Valley – California – USA

7 – Pamukkale – Turkey

8 – The steps of India – India

9 – Blue Lake Cave – Bonito – Brazil

10 – Palau – Micronesia

An amazing compilation, even though there are other amazing places left out from this selection, which was not made by me, but had to be shared! Hope you enjoy it… And dream a bit for the next escape after this pandemic is over!

Segovia

WORLD HERITAGE

Segovia is a Roman aqueduct, a dreamlike fortress, a huge Gothic cathedral. Segovia is the best Romanesque, it is a set of medieval towns such as Pedraza, Sepúlveda, Turégano, Cuéllar, Ayllón or Maderuelo. It is a set of royal palaces such as that of La Granja de San Ildefonso and Riofrío. It is the province of the beautiful castles. It is the Sierra de Guadarrama and ski resorts. It is a source of suckling pig and roast lamb. Segovia is, in short, a melting pot of history, culture, art, traditions and beautiful landscapes.

THE CITY

We start with its great cathedral
That shines majestically in the evening light
Or from a slightly more distant view
Main Square
The quarterdeck.
The most photographed castle in the World!
As in a dream The castle in the mist!
Front view and rear tower
And this is its beautiful panoramic view from Fuencisla!
Monastery of Santa Maria del Parral, in the background the Alcázar!

THE AQUEDUCT

The famous Aqueduct is located in the Plaza del Azoguejo, and is undoubtedly the most representative element of the city. It was built between the second half of the 1st century and the 2nd century in the time of the emperors Vespasiano and Trajano, in order to bring the water from the Frío River, in a place called Acebeda to the city.

It consists of 20,400 stone blocks not joined by mass or any cement.

It is 728 meters long and 28.29 meters maximum height.

It has 167 arches, with a slope of 1%.

Vespasian Coins
Trajan’s Coins
Aerial view of the central part of the aqueduct
Masterpiece of Roman engineering and architecture
Side view
The Aqueduct in the Plaza del Azoguejo
House of the thorns
Old Convent of San Francisco. Today Artillery Academy

THE ROMANESQUE IN SEGOVIA

Segovia capital has about twenty Romanesque churches, among other styles.

Together with its province, Segovia has one of the most important concentrations of Romanesque remains in Spain.

The photographs that follow are a sample of these churches.

Church of the Vera Cruz
Church of the Vera Cruz
Romanesque Church of San Esteban
Church of San Martín
Church of San Millán
Tower of San Martín and Tower of Hercules
Church of San Nicolás
Church of San Tomás
Hermitage of San António de Padua
Interior of the Cathedral
San Martín Square

THE PROVINCE

Palace of the Granja de San Ildefonso
Palace Gardens
Gardens of La Granja (the Farm)
Gardens of La Granja
Riofrío Royal Palace
Hontoria
Turégano Castle
Turégano Castle
Pedraza Castle
Sanctuary of Santa María de la Peña – Sepúlveda
Riaza Main Square
Castle of the Dukes of Alburquerque, Cuellar
Cuellar Castle
Coca Castle
Monastery of Santa María la Real de Nieva
Palace of the Montijo Counts – Fuentidueña
Pedraza
Mountain El Montón de Trigo (The Heap of Wheat)

FINAL CONSIDERATIONS

The city and province of Segovia constitute a world-class tourist area within Spain.

We have given a light review of its monuments and its Romanesque art, but Segovia also has its history, its beautiful landscapes and its gastronomy. Sample of which there are renowned and exquisite restaurants in the city and province. Their roast suckling pig is a delicious dish like no other.

There are famous masters in the art of preparing it and as a sample, the photograph of one of the most famous restaurants is inserted below.

CANDIDO HOUSE.

Candido Roast Hoven

The End

This post was taken from a PowerPoint presentation. The author is unknown. I do not own the any rights. Just sharing a beautiful Spanish place for all you to discover.

Take care!

Iceland

Iceland Trivia

Icelanders don’t have a nickname, they use a handy system by which they match the son’s name with the father’s in each generation. At the same time, families do not identify themselves by a nickname or family branch, something very different from what we are used to.

There is no private health or education, public services are so good that there are no complaints. More books are bought per inhabitant than in any other country. They invented the Icelandic sagas, the most similar to a novel.

Geyser is one of the few Icelandic words exported to the world through English, which incorporates the ending to refer to the well-known geological phenomenon that occurs on the island and which is almost universally used.

The Icelandic language is only used in Iceland and is very similar to some Scandinavian languages, especially Old Norwegian.

It is not a very populated country, it has 360 000 inhabitants, half of them concentrated in the capital – Reykjavik – being one of the countries with the most concentrated population in the world and the safest.

It is a pioneer country in terms of implementing democracy. Presumably it has the oldest democratic system in the world, founded some 1000 years ago. In 1996 gay marriage was legalized.

In Iceland, water (from rain and nature reserves) is so abundant and uncontaminated that what is consumed reaches homes without any type of treatment. The large number of thermal sources provides an efficient and inexpensive heating system for homes. In Summer there are 24 hours of light.

Winter is not as cold as you might think, due to the relation of its latitude and the moderation of the ocean. The daytime temperature is around 0°C. Volcanic-type underground channels provide free hot water. There are 33 volcanoes and it is the country with the most and largest documented volcanic eruptions.

Iceland is the only NATO country that does not have armed forces, which were abolished in the 13th century. Only a tiny fraction of the country’s 679 police – a crisis unit called The Vikings – use guns. The annual murder rate is less than five and the total amount of the imprisoned population is 118.
Iceland has the highest density of mobile phones per capita in the world. There are more mobile phones than inhabitants, and ¾ of the population has an Internet connection.

Iceland from space
Blue Lagoon fence
Iceland’s blue sky
Blue calcite, close to a geothermal phenomenon.
Cookie Island
Exploring the Valleys Beyond and the Akureyri Fjords

GULLFOSS

Gullfoss, the Golden Cascade, is a cataract located on the Hvítá River in southeastern Iceland.
It is one of the most popular attractions in the country. It is located on the wide bed of the Hvítá river, which runs to the south and a kilometer from the waterfall turns abruptly to the east, falling in three curved steps. At that moment, the water falls in jumps: 11 and 21 m, in a crack 32 m deep, some 20 m wide and 2,5 km long. The average flow in this cataract is 140 m³/s in Summer and 80 m³/s in Winter. The maximum measured water flow is 2000 m³/s.
When the visitor approaches the waterfall, the crevice hides the view, giving the feeling that the mighty river simply disappears underground.

Gullfoss
Volcano
Jokulsarlon Lagoon
Landmannalaugar or People’s Pools
Mountains and Lake Frostastadavatn in South Highland
Norse Gods in Moonfall
Streets of Reykjavik at sunset.
Abandoned Church in Icelandic Tundra
The Lighthouse. Built in 1939
The Orange Mold at Churchyard Tombstones

SKOGAFSS

Skogaföss is one of Iceland’s largest, most beautiful and impressive waterfalls. According to legend, the first Viking inhabitant buried his treasure in a cave behind this waterfall.

Eruption of Fimmvorduhals
Colored clouds over Iceland
Hunafloi Bay
Northern Iceland. Lights above the gray clouds of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

BLUE LAGOON

Blue Lagoon is a natural geothermal resort, surrounded by lava fields and sandy beaches. Relaxing in this lagoon, in a vaporous environment, is captivating, providing a pleasant experience. The temperature is 37-39 °C.

The Blue Lagoon is famous for its unique active ingredients and their effects on the mind and body. Salts, silica and sulfur provide well-being. Algae give blue, green and nutrients. White silica, cleansing slime, and massage are highly recommended.

GLAUMBAER

Glaumbær is a town and former parish of the Icelandic community of Skagafjörður.

THE END

An amazing journey throughout the beauty, uniqueness and astonishingly Icelandic landscapes…

I do not own any rights on the photographs nor the words… You can find the original presentation here: https://slideplayer.com.br/slide/17307714/

Thank you Tobias Jakobsson for sharing this unique voyage into one of the most beautiful places in the World!