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1952 1973 1992 2000 2010
This has to be my number one experience. You read about it but even ‘photos don’t completely prepare you for the real thing. Machu Picchu is stunning in every sense of the word. Staying at the hotel adjacent to the entrance and having been impressed by the ruins in the afternoon of the previous day a very early rise next morning to enter the site to view the sunrise was even more breathtaking. Wonderful!
Sunrise and the classic view in the afternoon
The way in through the valley on the right ... The road up to the ruins The hotel : Machu Picchu (Ruinas) Sanctuary Lodge
The Inca terraces Views of the site ……………..
My second choice … another of the world’s great sights that again exceeds expectations
arising from looking at ‘photos. Visit it twice -
Morning: Afternoon Taj Mahal from across the river
But as with all of India the contrast is sharp : [left] Street scene outside the entrance
and [below] a few yards away the Entrance to Taj Mahal
River at rear of Taj Mahal
My third ‘experience’ is in a sense ‘eternal’. Forget the ancient Pyramids, the Sphinx,
Abu Simbel or the ruined Karnak Temple at Luxor. They are all superb of course but
for me nothing surpasses quietly floating along at sunset on board a traditional
felucca on the timeless River Nile -
Bank of the Nile in daylight … Setting off: early evening – 5.30 pm and the unbelievable colours of Sunset ….
Feluccas at sunset
Bank of the Nile as sunset approaches
Sundown .. going ….. going ……….. Gone ……..
My fourth choice almost defies description. Reality again goes beyond what you expect from ‘photos. The limestone hills along the River Li are
totally unbelievable -
Fifth in my list is not just a huge rock, visible for miles and impressive for its size and colour but a magical site for the indigenous Aboriginals with an aura of its own. It is incredible to walk round but even more memorable is the sight as it comes alive and positively glows at sunset.
Sunset ….. and the ‘glow’
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