Sataplia Nature Reserve, Gelati and Bagrati

Our second day in Georgia was filled with many attractions. First, we visited the Sataplia Cave in the Sataplia Nature Reserve. The Sataplia Nature Reserve was established in 1935 to protect the Cave, dinosaur footprints found in the area and the Colchic Forest with its beech trees: Dinosaur footprints: Next …

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Batumi

Hello from Georgia! We are in Batumi, Georgia’s popular summer holiday destination. I am traveling now to Georgia and Armenia with a Polish tour operator, Rainbow Tours, and a group of Polish people. We begin our two week tour of the two countries in Batumi. Batumi is becoming more and …

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Kraków

Hello from Poland! I would like to present some pictures from one of our most beautiful cities: Kraków or in English Cracow. A 2 1/2 hour train ride from Warsaw’s Central train station will take you to the most beautiful part of this historic city. Rynek Glówny or the main …

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England: Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Hello from Lindisfarne, another “thin place” for early Celtic Christian monks. Saint Aidan: The holy island of Lindisfarne Around A.D. 635, the Irish monk St. Aidan and his followers founded a monastery on Lindisfarne, now in ruins. He had come from Iona off the west coast of Scotland to evangelize …

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England: Alnwick Castle

Hello from Northumbria in England! Today we will visit the second largest still inhabited castle in Britain – Alnwick Castle. The 1000 year old Alnwick castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in England. It has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percy’s, for over 700 …

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Kenneth Steven and Iona

I would like to dedicate this post to our friend from Iona, who made our stay on the island even more special – Kenneth Steven. Not only he is a modern Scottish poet and novelist, he is an amazing human being who is trying to make the world a better …

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Iona and Celtic Christianity

“An I mo chridhe, I mo ghraidh. – In Iona that is my heart’s desire, Iona that is my love.” – Saint Columba You cannot talk about Iona without talking about Celtic Christianity. For Celtic Christians in the early centuries, Iona was a “thin place.” According to them, some places …

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Scotland: Iona Island

Hello everyone, I would like to invite you to visit a very special place in Scotland called Iona. To get there we took a ferry from the town of Oban to Craignure, Isle of Mull. Then we drove across Isle of Mull to Fionnphort and finally, we took another ferry …

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One day in Belfast

We began our day in Belfast with a very interesting and powerful tour of two neighbourhoods, very hostile to each other. Our first tour was with Robert from the Protestant community around the Shankill Road. The Shankill is the blue-collar Protestant heartland in the west Belfast, the Falls Road its …

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Ireland: high crosses and a round tower

The main reason why we travel to Ireland and Scotland this year is to study Celtic Christianity and Spirituality. Today, we had a chance to visit one of many medieval monasteries in Ireland. The information posted above provides a good explanation about this place. The two high crosses are very …

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