Scythian chronicles. Ukraine

For me, the Scythians began with a golden ridge from Solokh barrow. In 2013, I visited the exhibition “Gold of Scythian barrows” at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Under the fine work, the signature was a golden crest – the village of Velikaya Znamenka of the Zaporozhye region was found in the Solokha burial mound.Continue reading “Scythian chronicles. Ukraine”

Rennes-le-Chateau – secrets of the abbot Sauniere. France.

At a distance of 51 km from Montsegur is the second, no less legendary object – Rennes-le-Chateau. Legends, mysticism and secrets have always surrounded this small village. It would be unforgivable to be so close and not visit Rennes-le-Chateau. In the 8th century, on this site was the large city of Reda, the capital ofContinue reading “Rennes-le-Chateau – secrets of the abbot Sauniere. France.”

Toulouse is a pink city. France

In Toulouse, we met with Elena, our guide. I met Elena on the Internet. The first place we visited in Toulouse with Elena was the Cathedral of St. Saturninus. This temple of venerable centuries-old in the shape of a cross was built at the end of the 12th century. For myself, I already distinguish theContinue reading “Toulouse is a pink city. France”

Monsegur – stronghold of Qatar. France.

The road to the castle goes between the mountains. We ride a minibus past fields with sunflowers, past fields with plants similar to corn, only cut from above. Around is clean, crowded, calm. There is no dynamics of urban life. There are greenery, forests, clean air and occasionally villages. When approaching Montsegur we ride betweenContinue reading “Monsegur – stronghold of Qatar. France.”

Arles is the keeper of Roman times.

I asked the waiter in Arles, is it possible to order a shrine (a dish of legumes and ducks)? The waiter explained slightly offended that this dish should be eaten in Carcassonne, and this is Provence, and here is a completely different cuisine. In Arles, as if you were in Roman time. Here, as ifContinue reading “Arles is the keeper of Roman times.”

Carcassonne is a fabulous walled city.

In the early morning we go to the fortress. We cross the bridge over the river and get into the old part of the city. We welcome Lady Karkas, depicted at one of the entrances to the fortress. Lady Karkas has a historical foundation. She skillfully and cunningly defended the city, and the enemies retreated.Continue reading “Carcassonne is a fabulous walled city.”

Athens. Acropolis. Temple of Zeus. Temple of Hephaestus.

On the day of our arrival in Athens, there was heavy rain, thunder and lightning flashed. Five large lightning bolts and such thunder were noticed that cars shook with people. Lightning hit the Acropolis in a guard house. Four people were taken to the hospital. Acropolis closed. The work of the archaeological site of theContinue reading “Athens. Acropolis. Temple of Zeus. Temple of Hephaestus.”