OK, so I missed a couple of days… Just as well really anyway. As on day 3, describe your day in detail, I got my invite to Google+ and so spent the day faffing with that and yesterday’s question, the meaning behind you Tumblr name, isn’t very interesting. Day 5 it is then. 🙂
- Machu Pichu
- Checkpoint Charlie
Settled between 2,600 and 3,200 years ago the city of Petra in Ma’an, Jordan is an iconic archaeological site. The capital of the Nabataeans the city, carved into rock, was central to trading routes throughout the region until it’s eventual decline under Roman rule and eventual abandonment in the mid 4th century.
Who wouldn’t want to visit this place?
A 15th century royal Incan settlement that was abandoned shortly thereafter with the beginning of the Spanish invasion. It’s the location of this one that makes me want to visit it so much. The remoteness and the amazing views. There are much more interesting Inca sites, from an archaeological perspective, but this has to be one of the most breath taking.
Growing up during the tail end of the ‘cold’ war in the 1980’s the name ‘Checkpoint Charlie‘ had an exciting and dangerous sounding power to it. Like something straight out of a spy movie Charlie was little more than a toll booth type affair but it was situated at the border of East and West Berlin, between the Soviet Union and the capitalist world. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the checkpoint has been in the Allied Museum in Dahlem, Berlin.
I just always thought it would be a cool place to drop acid…
Because it’s there and we should.