Friday, February 11, 2011

Things I remember from 6 months of Europe

Big Ben the broken bell

jet planes that flew by Nessie's quarters

araf written on the road in Wales (it means stop)

the Gyros in Athens that I would do anything for

the Santorini sunset

Rhodes is pronounced rohdohs

hydroplaning boats called dolphins took us from Greece to Turkey

the 'genuine fake watches' signs in Selçuk (the ç is a ch sound, also ş is sh)

the non-slip white calcium hills of Pamukkale

the warm bubbly mineral pool of the calcium springs

the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia and mom and dad telling us about the sky filled with hot air balloons

go-karts in Hisaronu

Istanbul train station racing cat that sprinted towards you as fast as possible when you made the slightest pspspsps noise

trains from Turkey to Hungary; not a fun memory

Va Piano Italian restaurant- hard to distinguish if you're in heaven or heaven on earth

meeting William Kentridge

Weiner schnitzels in Vienna

Eating the best perogies of my life on my birthday in Krakow, the name I gave my first online gaming character by chance, I had no idea it was a place

the Berlin Zoo mop

the dragon door in Çesky Krumlov

the salt mines in Salzburg

cross country skiing in Hopferau

the valley of kings in Luxor

the Pyramids of Giza

having a family reunion in Horncastle

arriving in Paris!

going to Notre Dame

going to Euro-Disney

going to Eiffel Tower

leaving Paris

the ironworks museum in Rouen

the Bayeux Tapestry in Bayeux

going to Mont Saint Michel

the D-Day beaches

the long drive to Sarlat

seeing Beynac Castle

the longer drive to Venasque


You bumped into the Lloyds.

Ancient art,

Today we saw the only caves that have the original painting and you can still visit them, right now 180 people a day are allowed in them and they will probably not be open the public much longer. We went through a dark cave, the cave is warmer than outside (outside was VERY cold) but all of the heat is from the humidity. The cave is very big and has a lot of different paths you can take, so I’m not sure how they got around with only a torch to guide them.
The first drawings we saw were a long line of bison. The bison’s legs were in different positions and the woman said when the people came in the fire would flicker and to them it would make it look like they were running. When we carried on there were also deer and antelope looking animals.
As we went through the rest, seeing more animals, we found the bison were the most popular to paint/draw. The colours they used were mostly red, brown, and black. They sometimes used blue, yellow, and purple.
After that we went to a new museum, it was all about the history of Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon man. Neanderthal man died out though, one of the theory’s how they died is Cro-Magnon man killed them off. I think this is the most-likely theory because Neanderthal man died out around the same time Cro-Magnon man was coming around.
We also learned a lot about their home life there. In each cave (home) they had a fire going right in the center. Two sources of fuel the used were wood and bones. They were alive in the ice-age so it was tough to stay alive.
They wore their clothing with the fur on the inside, to keep them warmer, and always had a fire going in their home-caves. They also lived in a cave in the valley; the valley did not freeze over in the ice age making it easier to have shelter, but one of the main reasons they were there was because there was a thin strip of plant life growing in the valley. The plant life would attract animals while also giving the people food. When the animal wandered in looking for the plants, the people could easily kill and eat them.
So by living in the valley, which made life easier, people had spare time to do stuff like drawing, and drawing is exactly what they did.