I may be walking Yellowstone, but I’m pedaling half a world away, still visiting the Great Wall.Continue reading “Virtual Great Wall: Scenic section”
So, with Julie and S still working the Côte d’Azur challenge, I’ve finished (but of course I’m still watching their progress and cheering them on)Continue reading “Virtual Yellowstone? Yeah!”
And so is S!
Yo I am so happy because after a bit of a glitch with not finding the password to join the group map, I can see Julie on the map!Continue reading “Virtual France: Julie is on the Map!”
The second postcard in succession also speaks of inaccessible portions of the wall.
The Conqueror writes:
Simatai Wall is the first of several closely located Great Wall sections north of Beijing. It has been partially restored but only as far as carrying out essential reinforcement work, preserving the original appearance and as such keeping the historic atmosphere. The Wall is divided by Simatai Reservoir and the two sides are connected by a suspension bridge about 530ft (150m) long. The west section used to lead to Jinshanling Wall but is no longer open due to its ruinous and dangerous state.
The restored section on the east side is accessed from the foot of the mountain, adjacent to the reservoir. The hike on the Wall is rugged and steep. There are 16 towers in all but only 10 of them are open to tourists. Although it seems to be more of a guideline than a rule, since some daredevils have conquered it. Let me illustrate the hike.
The trail begins at Tower 1 near the suspension bridge. Proceeding east, the trail passes through towers, up steep stairs and then back down. Between Towers 4 and 5 the wall is only on one side of the path with a chain safety-barrier on the other.
There is a fantastic view of west Simatai winding its way up the mountain from Tower 7 and a cable car terminal at Tower 8. The path flattens out a bit up to Tower 10.
From Tower 12 there is no more path…
It goes on, describing the next sections and the haggard climbs necessary to reach Towers 13 through 16. Its sounds exhausting and exhilarating and amazing.
But it wouldn’t be right to share the whole postcard. Though I was tempted.
Oh man it made me want to go!
Two separate postcards arrive to tell me about sections of the wall that are not restored, only partially restored, or off limits to travelers.
As The Conqueror says, Virtually anything is possible!Continue reading “Virtual Great Wall: Remnants I”
Long ago and far away, I took French classes in school. In my school in the mid Atlantic states, they were mostly using French class to look at French art or read French authors or do French cooking. It was senior year before any actual French was spoken in any meaningful way.
Before that though, in my school in New England, the purpose of French class was to actually learn French. If we read French authors, we read them in French. We spoke exclusively French in class – even the grammar lessons were in French.Continue reading “Virtual France, Real Cordon Bleu”
You know, as in the site of the famous film festival I’ll never be remotely A-list enough to attend (and honestly, aside from the joy of going somewhere new, that’s just as well).Continue reading “Virtual France: How about a movie?”
The shape of Mozambique v’s with one route heading along the coast, and the other heading west.Continue reading “Mozambique Peri-Peri Chicken”
I mean, honestly, who wouldn’t love to actually be walking along with these views?Continue reading “Virtual France: A delightful stroll”