Found in the dense Guatemalan rain forests in the northeast of this Central America country are the ruins of ancient Mayans. One of the largest and most significant archaeological sites is Tikal. This pre-Colombian city was an important political, military, and economic area and was inhabited from 600 BCE to 900 CE. The site of Tikal not only includes its buildings and monuments it encompasses the vast jungle and nature surrounding it. The area is located within Tikal National Park in the Peten Province and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, including both the historic buildings and the diverse nature of the land. Tikal is a popular place to visit by both those touring Guatemala and day trippers from Belize’s San Ignacio Town as it’s only 2 hours away.
The reach of the ancient Roman Empire was quite an expanse. At the time of Emperor Hadrian (117 – 138 CE) parts of what is now modern-day north Africa, Turkey, Europe and England were under Roman rule. In hopes of preventing invasions from the northern “barbarians” and to maintain his northernmost border Hadrian had the wall built. This wall, much of which remains standing today, runs 117.5 km (73 miles) from east to west from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway in Northern England. Today, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Visiting this ancient wall is relatively easy. Many sections have cycling paths or can be seen on foot. Hadrian’s Wall Path spans the length of the wall and is often quite close to it. Walks, farms, castles and Roman history can be experienced at many places along the wall. Additionally, it is completely unguarded, thus allowing people to touch or stand on it should they desire. Though one may want to remember that doing so may damage this part of English history.
Hello! Here is the next and last (but only for the time being I hope) installment of The Map Project. It has been great reading the posts and seeing what these kids have learned. Perhaps when I get back to doing a few short trips now and again they can give their insight once more. I hope you have all enjoyed this feature of this blog as much as I have. Today Rhiannon is telling us about India.
The day Eeva went to see the Taj Mahal was very hot and humid! There were many people there but she really liked seeing it in person. She sent us many pictures on her cell phone of it.
Around 20 000 people worked day and night for twenty two years to complete the construction of the Taj Mahal. It is one of the 7 wonders of the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Taj Mahal was completed in 1653 and was started in 1632!
At different times in the day the Tah Mahal appears to be a different colour. Some people believe these changing colours depicts the changing moods of a woman.
The cost of the construction of the Taj Mahal was around $320 million dollars!!
Eeva sent me a postcard of the Taj Mahal for my birthday!
Goa is a strip of land 110 kilometres long and 60 kilometres wide. The climate is tropical with a June to September monsoon, when rainfall is approximately 400 cm. Eeva was visiting Goa at the beginning of this rainy season. For the rest of the year, humidity is surprisingly low and average daily temperature is 27 C. The coolest months are November to February when night temperatures can fall to 20C and a pull over maybe worn.
Most of the people that live in Goa, 1.2 million! are Roman Catholic. There is a large minority of Hindus and various sects of Islam. Goa’s own language is Konkani but Marathi, Hindi and Portuguese are also spoken, along with English.
The major industries in Goa are mining, agriculture (fruit and coconut and spices), fishing and tourism.
Can you name animals from India?
Here are a few!
- Indian Elephant or Asian Elephant
- Asiatic lion
- Lion tailed Macaque
- Great Indian Rhino
- Royal Bengal Tiger
- Wild Donkey
- Nilgiri Tahar
- Pangolin (an anteater!)
- Indian flying fox
All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World
My first trip to Europe was with my dear friend Izabela. After spending three weeks in England I met up with her in Amsterdam. That began our super fast fun 3.5 week tour of The Continent. One of our stops was in city of Cologne (Koln), Germany. The hostel we stayed in was on one side of The Rhine River and we crossed a bridge twice daily. One our way to the city centre we would amble past the stately gothic Cologne Cathedral. This stunning building that took centuries to build looms along the Rhine and is a source of pride for its cities inhabitants. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most visited sites in all of Germany.