Among the many wonderful memories of our holidays in Turkey, are of a visit to the most amazing ruins, I have ever seen.
We stood on the top of a hill and looked down upon the most wondrous sight ever. There was a long road lined by pillars which lead to the Library of Celcus.
The beautiful turquoise blue sky created a wonderful backdrop for façade of the library.
Ephesus is the site of an ancient city, and it is the best preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. It is among the best places in the world to get a feel what life was like in Roman times. Ancient Ephesus was a great trading and religious city, a centre for the cult of Cybele, the Anatolian fertility goddess. Under the influence of the Ionians Cybele became Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt and the moon.
A fabulous temple was built in her honour. When the Romans took over and made this the province of Asia, Artemis became Diana and Ephesus became the Roman provincial capital. It's temple of Diana was counted among the Seven Wonders of the World.
I can't believe we actually sat in the centre of this theatre. I believe visitors are restricted to where they can walk, now, as it is crumbling in parts. There is presently a programme in place restoring it.
When I have the opportunity, I shall write more about our visits to Turkey, it is such a special place and holds many wonderful memories for us.
My sincere thanks to the ever entertaining Denise, for devising this most excellent ABCW blog site and also to Roger, for his earnest endeavours in the administration of the site.
Zazu is a zany character from the wonderful production of The Lion King by Disney Presentations. There is an animated film version and a stage production, last Saturday we had a lovely family afternoon in the Liverpool Empire Theatre.
We had really good seating in the lower circle, I had to go in my wheelchair which was great as there are special little bays to accommodate wheelchairs, with specially designated seating, so Ian and I were seated amidst part of our family, daughter Ingrid and husband Mike with their children and our grandchildren, Olivia Grace and Christian Zane. Christian has the second name of Zane after his paternal great grandfather Chris Zane Christianson who lost his life in WW2, aged 22, serving as a flight sergeant in The Royal Canadian Air Force His family are Ranchers in Edmonton , Alberta Canada. Back to the character of ZAZU in the wonderful Lion King production......... This how he appeared in the animated version.
Visions of Christmas of Times Gone By. When I think of Christmas my thoughts invariably venture back to my childhood in the 1950's.
One of my Visions of Christmas takes me back to one Christmas Eve when my brother and I trudged through the snow to sing Christmas carols in ou local church choir. I can always remember the magical atmosphere that enveloped us as we merrily sang 'Ding Dong Merrily on High' and other favourites. On this particular Christmas when the carol service had finished our dad was waiting at the church door to escort us home because it was snowing heavily, We arrived home to a welcoming mug of hot chocolate and delicious warm mince pies, which our elder sister Norma made. (Sadly Norma died at the end of December 2015). Then, it was off to bed to sleep and perhaps, dream of the gifts we hoped Father Christmas would bring us. Visions of Christmas Day brings my brother, me and big sis Norma, sitting in front of a roaring log fire opening our presents, whils…
In the middle of the Irish Sea between England and Eire (Island) is a beautiful verdant Island called The Isle of Man; people born on the Island are known as 'Manxmen/woman'. The island is 52kilometers long and 22 kilometres wide; with an area of 572 square kilometers. At the last census, there were approximately 30,000 residents, about 2000 of them claimed to be able to speak or have a sound knowledge of the Manx language.