Monthly Archives: September 2015
La Corbiere lighthouse is situated off the south west coast of Jersey – an area hazardous to ships because of its rocks and treacherous currents. The lighthouse is linked to the main island by a causeway that is covered at high tide. A siren is sounded to warn visitors of the rising tide. The light from the lighthouse is visible for 18 miles. It was switched off by the occupying forces during World War II and was used only for the convenience of their own convoys.
Glastonbury Tor is a prominent, terraced, cone shaped hill on top of which is a solitary, roofless church tower. This is all that remains of a sixteenth century church dedicated to St Michael. Excavations have shown that there was an earlier church on the sire, also dedicated to St Michael The Tor is located on the Somerset Levels and at its highest point is 518 feet above sea level. It is visible for many miles around.
Like many other sacred sites in the British Isles, Glastonbury Tor has given birth to an extensive collection of myths and legends. Since the thirteenth century it has been identified with Avalon, of Arthurain legend fame, and the supposed coffin of Arthur’s Queen Guinevere was found nearby in 1191. The site is also believed by some to have been visited by Joseph of Arimathea and could be a possible location of the Holy Grail.
For these and many other reasons Glastonbury Tor has acquired a spiritual significance for people of diverse beliefs and interests.
‘Los Pueblos Blancos’ is the collective description given to a group of spectacularly attractive white towns and villages in the provinces of Cadiz and Malaga in Andalucia, Spain. The best known of these is Ronda, with its famous bull ring.
Most of the pueblos blancos occupy hilltop sites and historically were frontier posts in the battles between the Moors and the Christians. Several retain the suffix ‘de la frontera’ – as in Arcos de la Frontera. The Arabic influence is often apparent in the architecture and narrow winding streets.