Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Where in the world was I? - a four parter

Okay, this is the last installment of my "Guess where in the world I am" game. This installment has four parts. You can guess the location(s) for each of the four parts.

PART ONE:

These two pictures represent one location. Where in the world was I?


PART TWO:

These two pictures also represent one location. Where in the world was I?


PART THREE:
These two pictures represent one location. It may be easy to guess a very general location, but how specific can you get?

This picture below is blurry because the light was very dim and flash photography was not allowed. Holding the camera still enough for a quality photo was a challenge:


PART FOUR:
There are four pictures in part four. It may be easy to guess the general location represented by all four photos, but again, how specific can you get in identifying where in the world I was with each photo?

Below, can you guess which platform my family wanted to reach?:


Do you know where this pub can be found, and what significance it may hold for Tolkien fans?

This one's a gimme:


Good Luck!!!

And for those who would like to know the answer to my last "Where in the world was I?" post, I was in ancient Ephesus. The apostle Paul turned his back on Ephesus when the people there refused to stop worshiping Artemis.

You can't really blame them, the temple to Artemis in Ephesus was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In some ancient lore, it was the Amazons on their travels who first built a temple to Artemis in Ehpesus.

The apostle John died there not long after returning from exile on the island of Patmos (where he received the revelation which eventually became the Book of Revelations).

8 comments:

adrienne said...

Me again. That was some trip! I'm guessing...
Pompeii
Santorini, Greece
The Catacombs in Paris
Stonehenge (the only pic I recognize)

ICQB said...

Hi adrienne!

Great guesses! And most of them are right!

Part One: These pictures were taken at Knossos on the Greek isle of Crete. Have you ever heard the mythical tale of Theseus and the Minotaur? It happened here.

Part Two: Correct! This is the beautiful island of Santorini, which blew up around 1500 B.C. (But back then it was known as Thera).

Part Three: Correct! These are the Catacombs of Paris - creepy, yet fascinating!

Part Four: The first pic is the newly built Globe Theatre (of Shakespear fame).

The second pic is a muggle's view of Platform 9 3/4 (for Harry Potter fans).

Pic #3 is the pub in Oxford where J.R.R. Tolkien met with fellow friends and writers every Tuesday morning for many years (including his good friend C.S. Lewis). His writing group was called the Inklings.

And, finally, pic #4: Correct! This is Stonehenge. We visited it just two days before the summer solstice and saw the preparations taking place to handle the celebratory crowd to come. I read in the paper that it numbered about 35,000 people this year.

And, adrienne, it looks like you are the official recipient of the little prize! I'll email you.

adrienne said...

Yay! How nice of you to pick up a souvenir! I had fun looking at the pictures. I should have recognized Crete - the fish were a giveaway...

ICQB said...

Hi adrienne!

I love the depictions of fish and ocean life in Minoan art - these dolphins, especially.

I'll be sending your souvenir off soon!

Catofstripes said...

What a magnificent trip. I'm jealous!

ICQB said...

Hi Catofstripes!

It was the trip of a lifetime and we enjoyed it immensely!

joco said...

Never mind the Globe theatre: When you were standing where you took the picture, did you happen to look to the right of that? Two houses, down a few steps?
That is one of my iconic places in London.

Never been to Greece, but that church looks beautiful. Always wanted to visit Pompei. Didn't you do a lot.No wonder you were tired when you got back. Your kids must have loved it.

ICQB said...

Hi Jo!

I pulled up a wider shot that I took of the Globe after crossing a bridge, and all I could see to the right was the modern art museum - ironically housed in a building reminiscent of ancient Sumeria. We didn't go in, though - I'm sure it was closed by that time of the evening anyway.

Is that what you're referring to?