Day 1. The Peak District – Exploring Bakewell and Buxton — Love Travelling Blog (Reblog)

The Peak District was the first national park to be created in the United Kingdom back in 1951 and spans 555 square miles of the southern end of the Pennines, mostly in Derbyshire.  The park receives more than 10 million visitors each year as it is within an hour’s drive of both Manchester and Sheffield […]

Day 1. The Peak District – Exploring Bakewell and Buxton — Love Travelling Blog

The Walls of Alatri – An Example of Ancient Worldwide Culture?

The so-called Cyclopedean walls of Alatri in Lazio, central Italy, are far from being the only example of stunning ancient polygonal walls.

In fact there are many other such demonstrations of an ancient, even prehistoric technology, not only in Italy but throughout the world, such as at Cusco in Peru, and at sites in Japan.

With an open mind, we have to ask ourselves how this was achieved? Ancient polygonal architecture, which resembles a jig-saw in stone, is mind boggling, for we could barely achieve such feats today, not merely the intricacy, but the logistical tasks of lifting and manipulating the larger blocks of neatly hewn stone.

And it isn’t just me who raises an eyebrow at the description of this architectural style as Cyclopedean. Cyclops (plural Cyclopes), as you may be aware, in Greek mythology were one eyed giants, the sons of Uranus (the sky) and Gaea (the earth).

Does this myth in fact enshrine a truth in allegory? Does this reflect the verse from the Old Testament in the Bible which describes the sons of God mating with female humans? If the sons of God were higher dimensional beings (sky) and mated with ancient humanity (earth), perhaps the result of such engagement was truly astonishing – giants and other exceptional unusual beings, perhaps some with only one eye, for example.

Such beings might not only be intelligent but also practical and powerful enough to lift such massive stones, with or without technology. According to the myth, the Cyclopes were originally blacksmiths.

With the numerous widespread examples of similar polygonal and massive megalithic architecture, we have to surely be open to at least the notion of a once ancient or prehistoric worldwide civilisation. The massive hewn stones at Baalbek in the Lebanon, are perhaps the most extreme example of the capabilities of this proposed culture.

Copyright Francis 2022

Chippewa Lake – Abandoned Since 1978 — Architectural Afterlife (Reblog)

Chippewa Lake Park is a former Medina County theme park, which operated for 100 years, from 1878 until 1978. Since the park’s closure, it has sat vacant. Early history Initially opened by Edward Andrews as Andrew’s Pleasure Grounds in 1875, the park offered a picnic ground and beach, a steamboat, and the park’s first roller…

Chippewa Lake – Abandoned Since 1978 — Architectural Afterlife

Dayton’s Abandoned Skyscraper Where the Wright Brothers Had an Office — Architectural Afterlife (Reblog)

An incredible abandoned skyscraper (though no longer an official skyscraper as of today’s definition) that not only held a recording studio, and luxurious penthouse suite, but many other operations throughout. The Wright brothers even had an office here. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 10, 1993. Let’s take…

Dayton’s Abandoned Skyscraper Where the Wright Brothers Had an Office — Architectural Afterlife

Once a TB Ward, Turned to a Prison, and Finally Left to Decay — Architectural Afterlife (Reblog)

Once a tuberculosis sanatorium, converted to a medium-security state correctional institution. Early history In the early 1900s, Samuel G. Dixon – Pennsylvania’s Commissioner of Health – had been searching for locations in the mountains to place a tuberculosis hospital. He was seeking a location here specifically due to the benefits of open air and exercise…

Once a TB Ward, Turned to a Prison, and Finally Left to Decay — Architectural Afterlife

Day 3. Livorno & Pisa — Love Travelling Blog (Reblog)

We were up bright and early and after enjoying our second socially distanced breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant we were ready to go.  Our original plan for the day was to take the train to Lucca but on discovering that replacement buses were operating on the route with a reduced timetable, we decided to change […]

Day 3. Livorno & Pisa — Love Travelling Blog

*Leaning tower of Pisa 3D model…

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens – and Birds!

I took this the other day.

Probably Spalding‘s ‘hidden’ gem, Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens is a medieval gem, well maintained, with a fascinating south Lincolnshire regional museum.

Formerly also a private junior school, now located elsewhere in the town under the same name, the gardens are noted for their topiary, the rather notable Edwin Lutyens world war 1 memorial and a very nice aviary with many interesting species finches and other birds. Lutyens was one of the most famous and capable British architects of the 2oth century.

Although the town has been deeply affected by the crises of this year, it is still well worth a visit if you live nearby or are on holiday in the area.

And by the way, the locals pronounce it ‘Asscoffee’!

Copyright Francis Barker 2020