A Guide to Mystical France: Secrets, Mysteries, Sacred Sites [EPUB]
14 February 2018, 09:33
2016 | EPUB | 35.36MB
France is one of the most visited countries in the world – and one of the least known. This book takes you beyond the superficial coverage of conventional guidebooks – history, architecture, etc. – in search of the deeper truths. A Guide to Mystical France takes you deep under the psychic skin of France into the invisible dimensions that our materialistic world does its best to ignore. Science stops at the most interesting questions. To describe, say a painted prehistoric cave as a sacred space used for ritual is to beg more questions than it answers. It is impossible to fully appreciate the cathedral of Notre-Dame, Mont St Michel, or the alignments of Carnac if you do not understand the reasons these structures were built and they way they have been used over the centuries. The book makes no assumptions.
The reader is not required to believe anything. He is merely pointed in the direction of the invisible and the hidden and left to judge for himself. You get much more out of a visit if you look for what isn’t there as well as what is. Only by engaging with such enigmas in an open-minded, non-logical way can we begin to unravel them. This approach also makes sightseeing more satisfying and more meaningful. Covered here are a multitude of fascinating themes: the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, Black Virgins, prehistoric cave paintings, labyrinths, ley-lines, symbolism and sacred geometry, the tarot, etc.
The backdrops for the drama includes such legendary places as Chartres, Rennes-le-Chateau, churches carved out of the rock and mountain sanctuaries. The cast list, meanwhile, includes Templars, Cathars, mystics, Gurdjieff, King Arthur, Nostradamus and alchemists such as the enigmatic Fulcanelli (who is rumoured to be immortal).
Historic New England: A Tour of the Region's Top 100 National Landmarks [EPUB]
01 February 2018, 07:05
2018 | EPUB | 23.51MB
National Historic Landmarks are touchstones of our collective past that still resonate with our present. The six New England states have nearly 400 such places. However, important doesn't always translate into interesting and so the authors have selected for the reader, the top 100 National Historic Landmarks in New England––those with the most intriguing and rewarding history.
In addition to historic houses, the tall ships, and such quirky spots as one of the country's oldest weather stations, the list includes three carousels (Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts; Watch Hill, Rhode Island; and East Providence, Rhode Island) and that all-important sandy beach. In fact, Revere Beach in Massachusetts was the first public beach in the United States, and it's still a bustling strand a quick trolley ride from downtown Boston. Based on a series of articles feature in the Boston Globe called “National Historic Landmarks in New England, the book will appeal to the historical enthusiast, the armchair traveler, and both local visitors and tourists alike. Full color photos, related sidebars, thematic lists, and suggested itineraries will all be featured.
Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World [EPUB]
31 January 2018, 01:04
2017 | EPUB | 23.78MB
In 2015, Michael Smith set out on a remarkable mission and became the first person to fly solo around the world in an amphibious plane. This is the often funny, occasionally terrifying and always inspiring story of that trip, and how it came about.
With limited flying experience, no support team and only basic instruments in his tiny flying boat, the Southern Sun, Michael risked his life to make modern aviation history. His adventures include an unexpected greeting by Special Branch on his arrival in the UK, a near-death experience while leaving Greenland, and a wondrous journey up the Mississippi.
Showing a very Australian ingenuity and openness to experience, Michael worked his way around the globe. In seven months he made eighty stops in twenty-five countries, visiting many unusual places and, more often than not, encountering the kindness of strangers.