Advent Day 15…. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giants Causeway top 3 facts (ish) 1. It is believed that Giant’s Causeway formed 50 million years by volcanic action. As the lava cooled rapidly, it contracted, resulting in the instantly recognisable columnar structures. 2. There is myth that it was built by a warrior giant named Finn MacCool who create a sturdy path toContinue reading “Advent Day 15…. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland”

Advent Day 13…. Halstatt, Austria

Halstatt facts 1. Halstatt is home to the world’s oldest salt mine, dating back to prehistoric times. Archaeological finds are dated between 1200 bc and 500 bc! It’s oooooold. 2. The small market community Hallstatt has 778 inhabitants, is located on the western shore of Lake Hallstatt and is nestled into the side of aContinue reading “Advent Day 13…. Halstatt, Austria”

Advent Day 10…. Petra, Jordan

Petra fun facts! 1. The name Petra actually means ‘rocks’. ­ It is thought to come from the Greek word ‘Petros’, meaning rock, and was named by Greek visitors for its distinctive carved pink sandstone. 2. Petra was founded in the year 312 BC as the capital of the Nabatean Empire. This makes it overContinue reading “Advent Day 10…. Petra, Jordan”

Advent Day 6…. Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island facts! 1. There are some 1000 heads/statues dotted around the island. Their true name is Moai. 2. Initially europeans couldn’t work out how the moai had been moved from the quarries to their current locations as the island were mostly treeless by the time they arrived. Recent studies and theories believe huge groupsContinue reading “Advent Day 6…. Easter Island, Chile”

Advent Day 5…. St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russia

St Basil’s Cathedral facts 1. Ivan Vasilyevich, the first Tsar of Russia, ordered the construction of the cathedral in 1555. 2. Today, Saint Basil’s Cathedral is recognized for its vibrant palette. This was however not its original colour; the beautiful colours were added about 200 years after the building was completed. Originally the cathedral wasContinue reading “Advent Day 5…. St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russia”