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This is a classic windmill from Haarlem, Netherlands.


When my daughter and I visited Haarlem, Netherlands we took a tour of a windmill. It was fascinating. The miller that ran the windmill gave the tour. One of the many interesting things we learned is that windmill's have a language! Mill, as they call them at rest do not always have their sails in the same position. The mill was always the centre of the community and the miller was informed by his customers of local news. If there was a reason for celebration then the miller would signify this by stopping the sail just before it reached its highest position, this is called the "coming". The coming position could mean a birth, marriage or other type of event. If the vertical sail, has just passed its highest point, it was in a "going" position, which meant a death or other negative event. If the sails are in a pure vertical and horizontal position, this means the miller is resting for a short period. And if the sail in a "X" cross, so at a 45 degrees, the miller is resting for a longer period or that he is requesting outside services for the mill.


And remember.... the mill sails always turn counter-clockwise!

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Underground Cities.....

This first picture was taken at Goreme National Park in Cappadocia, Turkey. This region in

central Turkey is known for its mountains that have been used for centuries as dwellings. One of the largest underground cities in the world, Derinkuku, is located here. Photo 2 shows a section of the underground city. Photo 3 shows an underground church. It was used by early Christians, among other people, to hide from Roman, Arab and Mongolian armies moving through the region.


Air balloon are now used by tourists to get a beautiful view of the mountains and valleys that define the region.


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Hi, my name is Maria and I was born in Guatemala. One of the things that most intrigues me about my country is the tradition they have at Easter time of carpeting the streets. In Antigua, it is very big. The head if the town, provides a map to the townspeople, showing which homeowner is responsible for each section of the street. Than people spend weeks, drawing out and planning their carpets. They also have to grow and gather all of the needed fruit, flowers and plants for the carpet. Once the design is drawn, they carefully set down colored sawdust or wood shavings. Once this is done, they lay down flowers, fruit and some vegetables. They only have 24 hours to actually build the carpet....the day before Good Friday.


Shortly after this is done a very important religious procession marches down the pathway of the carpet on Good Friday.


This beautiful tradition that occurs in Guatemala every Easter is called "ephemeral art", which is shared by many cultures around the world. Ephemeral simply means that it doesn't last very long. The people take months to design and execute, but only minutes to destroy by the shuffling feet.







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