Thursday, October 28, 2010

Acropolis, Greece

The Ibama Twins flew from Cyprus late last night and were up early this morning to go visit the Acropolis, the most popular tourist attraction in Greece.

The Acropolis of Athens or Citadel of Athens is the best known acropolis (Gr. akros, akron edge, extremity + polis, city, pl. acropoleis) in the world. Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as The Acropolis without qualification. The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the pre-eminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007 The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock that rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level in the city of Athens, with a surface area of about 3 hectares. It was also known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the first Athenian king.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Short Stop at Aphrodite's Ruins in Cyprus

Max climbs up to see the beautiful Mediterranean from the Aphrodite ruins above on Cyprus.
Rex is taking the picture.

Aphrodite (Greek Ἀφροδίτη) is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. Historically, her cult in Greece was imported from, or influenced by, the cult of Astarte in Phoenicia.
According to Hesiod's Theogony, she was born when Cronus cut off Uranus' genitals and threw them into the sea, and from the sea foam (aphros) arose Aphrodite.
Because of her beauty other gods feared that jealousy would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, and so Zeus married her to Hephaestus, who was not viewed as a threat. Aphrodite had many lovers, both gods like Ares, and men like Anchises. Aphrodite also became instrumental in the Eros and Psyche legend, and later was both Adonis' lover and his surrogate mother. Many lesser beings were said to be children of Aphrodite.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pamukkale, Turkey

Rex and Max hopped a plane from India to Turkey to visit Pamukkale, the premier tourist attraction in the country. The have to get out of their clothes and into their swim togs quickly because they are not allowed to wear shoes in these waters. To learn about these hot springs and carbonate deposits read below:

Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in south-western Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. It is located in Turkey's Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year.
The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" which is in total about 2,700 metres (8,860 ft) long, 600 m (1,970 ft) wide and 160 m (525 ft) high. It can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 km away.
Tourism is and has been a major industry. People have bathed in its pools for thousands of years. As recently as the mid 20th century, hotels were built over the ruins of Heropolis, causing considerable damage. An approach road was built from the valley over the terraces, and motor bikes were allowed to go up and down the slopes. When the area was declared a world heritage site, the hotels were demolished and the road removed and replaced with artificial pools. Wearing shoes in the water is prohibited to protect the deposits.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Monks in the Himalayas

The Buddhist monks of the Himalayas talk with Max Ibama and share their particular sense of humor with him. Rex catches the informal shot. These monks live with the present Dalai Lama in Tibet.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rex Ibama at Mount Everest base camp

Rex met a nice lady at Mount Everest basecamp and agreed to take a picture with her. Max took the picture.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ibama Twins hit the Himalayas in India

Rex calls to Max, "Hey, Max, wait for me! these himalayan dunes are deep and pop up without your knowing it. I'm following your footprints. Don't hike so fast! "

Max answers, "Oh come on, Rex, you have to keep up. It's almost nightfall." But we don't have to worry. Our sweaters are so bright, they will light our way even if it does get dark!"

"Here's some details about the Himalayan range," says Max.

The Himalaya Range (Sanskrit: literally, "abode of snow", Hindi/Sanskrit: हिमालय, IPA: /hɪˈmɑːləj(ə)/), the Himalayas or Himalaya for short, is a mountain range in Asia, separating the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. By extension, it is also the name of a massive mountain system that includes the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush, and other, lesser, ranges that extend out from the Pamir Knot.
Together, the Himalayan mountain system is the planet's highest, and home to the world's highest peaks, the Eight-thousanders, which include Mount Everest and K2. To comprehend the enormous scale of this mountain range, consider that Aconcagua, in the Andes, at 6,962 metres (22,841 ft) is the highest peak outside Asia, whereas the Himalayan system includes over 100 mountains exceeding 7,200 m (23,622 ft)

Watch for the Ibamas at Mount Everest and K2 next time! :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

India - Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Max and Rex took a ride on Periyar Lake in the Wildlife Sanctuary in India. Max says, "Hey, Rex, is that a herd of elephants I see up ahead?" Rex answers, "Yes, indeed!"
And here is the herd on the shore of the lake.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sri Lanka

The Ibama Twins stopped in Sri Lanka on their way to India on their trip around the world. They stopped to visit at this ancient sleeping buddha something you don't see very often.

The buddha is called Reclining Buddha located in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.

This is the Buddha called Siddhartha.
"But where were the Brahmans, where the priests, where the wise men or penitents, who had succeeded in not just knowing this deepest of all knowledge but also to live it" ~Siddhartha Gautama

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ayers Rock

Max and Rex think "That's one heck of a big rock!"

Uluru, also referred to as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs; 450 km (280 mi) by road. Kata Tjuta and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area. It has many springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site.

Uluru is a sacred part of Aboriginal creation mythology, or dreamtime – reality being a dream. Uluru is considered one of the great wonders of the world and one of Australia‘s most recognizable natural icons.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Wedding

Max slipped into this picture of Carol and her brother, Jim. This was just after the wedding ceremony which took place in a lovely park in a gazebo out over a pond as you can see. Max and Rex wished the happy couple (see below) all the best and a wonderful life together.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Ibama Twins Go Without Me to Oklahoma City

The boys went to Oklahoma City without me today because I came down with pneumonia. I was glad they went to attend the wedding of my niece, Carol, and to send my love and apologies. They told me they intend to take a lot of pictures (I lent them a camera) of the wedding but when they arrive in Oklahoma City they went directly to the Oklahoma City Memorial after they picked up the Hertz car Vinny had reserved for them.

Max and Rex were awed and saddened as you can see in this picture of the Memorial chairs. The chairs are located on the footprint of the Alfred P. Murrah building (the building that was bombed) and each chair represents a person who died that day. Smaller chairs represent the children who died.

I had hoped that I would have been able to visit the Memorial. Well, maybe someday.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rex helps me pack

Rex recommended I take my purple big shirt and wear it with my leggings on the trip down to Oklahoma City. What a good idea, Rex! Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Max helps with my packing list

Max is helping me create a packing list for my trip to Oklahoma City. He reminded me to bring backup shoes in case my new black suede shoes start to hurt. Rex is getting our suitcase down from the attic at the moment...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hafer Park, Oklahoma on Google Earth

Rex is pointing out Hafer Park in Edmond, Oklahoma where maryt's niece's wedding is to take place.
There's a gazebo and a lovely lake as you can see on Google Earth.

We'll be sure to take pix on the day of the ceremony. The plan is to have breakfast in the park too.

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean ... 

Back Home in Queens with maryt

Max is at the side entrance door of maryt's house in Queens, New York. Rex is dragging all the suitcases and luggage up the walkway.  Everyone is leaving at the end of the week for Oklahoma City and Carol's, maryt's niece's, wedding.
Jimmy, Carol's brother, is going with them. 


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Back in the USA (Los Angeles)

Max just had to lay down when he got to the hotel from the Los Angeles Airport. Rex decided to sit out on the balcony and look out at the view. They weren't going to have much time for an adventure in Los Angeles which saddened both Max and Rex.

Friday, October 1, 2010

At Sydney Airport

The Ibama Twins are at the Sydney Airport because they have to take a quick trip back to the U.S. to attend Mary's niece's wedding at the end of next week. They will fly to Los Angeles and then back to New York to pack to go to the wedding with Mary and her husband Vinny in Oklahoma City. 

Next stop Los Angeles...