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Posted by: budgettravel in France, Fun Activity, Hikes, History, Interesting Natural Feature 10 months, 1 week ago
Cirque de Gavarnie, Gavarnie (French Pyrenees)
My pictures don't do justice to the scale of the Cirque de Gavarnie in the French Pyrenees. At 8 miles rt with 1400 ft elev gain, it was a nice day hike, after a 3 hour drive from Toulouse. The Cirque de Gavarnie consists of about 12-15 tall waterfalls cascading 1000 feet from the top of the wall to the snowy bottom of the wall. The water from all the falls seem to converge at the bottom, near the Hotel de Cirque, in a blue gushing stream. The cirque also contains Europe's tallest waterfalls at 1385ft, called Grand Cascades, on the left side of the cirque when walking towards it. We met a flock (or two) of sheep along the way.
Bordeaux, Dordogne Caves (Ancient Cave Paintings, Cliff Dwellings, Stalactites/Mites) and Carcassonne
Posted by: budgettravel in France, Hikes, History, Interesting Natural Feature 10 months, 1 week ago
Known as a famous wine-growing region, Bordeaux is an important port along the Garonne River. Its streets are lined with stately buildings and many cafes. Bicycles rule the roost here, both in Bordeaux and La Bastide, across the water.
Posted by: budgettravel in France, Hikes, History, Interesting Natural Feature 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Pont de Peche to Lac Peclet Polset, Parc de la Vanoise (French Alps)
This hike was one of the best hikes I have done and one of the easiest 12-mike hikes I have done. The views of mountains, needle peaks, streams, several cascading waterfalls, blooming wildflowers and finally the blue lake at the end, kept me well distracted.
Posted by: budgettravel in California, Hikes, History, Interesting Natural Feature, United States of America 1 year, 5 months ago
If you are looking for an otherworldly landscape, this is the place for you. A skyline made up of about 500 tall tufa spires dotted the barren landscape as we walked in an ancient dry lakebed named Searle Lake. Searle Lake was one of many lakes filled with glacial meltwater connecting the Sierra Nevada to Death Valley as glaciers melted from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. According to one of the information boards, half of all of earth's minerals are found on this lake bed, one of which is trona, the park's namesake.
Posted by: budgettravel in California, History, United States of America 1 year, 10 months ago
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is an interesting museum in the Bay Area with real mummies, both human and animals, and many casts of different Egyptian artifacts. Though not a huge Museum, it is a good introduction to the Egyptian culture, in my opinion. There is a replica of a tomb below the museum, and a free guided tour daily (included in admission ticket), explaining the different burial practices. Note the unfinished portion of the painting on the tomb wall near the right - which was not uncommon. Ancient Egyptians had to be buried at 70 days after death, never longer, so the painters likely had to stop their work before it was finished when the 70th day arrived.