In 109 B.C. the Roman Consul Servilius Cepio drained the lake of Toulouse in search of the famous 'gold of Toulouse' that the Gauls had stolen from Delphi. Instead of discovering a worldly treasure however, the statue of a Dark Mother was found floating in the draining water. She was revered as a Pagan goddess until it was decided in 415 A.D., when all Pagan worship was outlawed, that she was really Mary the Mother of God.(*2) The present, late 18th century incarnation of her church still stands where the lake once was, on the banks of the river Garonne.
In late March and early April we explored parts of Egypt that few visitors ever see, and one such place was the Tombs Of The Nobles near Aswan. Used to some degree as tombs by dynastic Egyptians, possibly Greeks, Romans and Christians, these tunnels were carved into the sandstone bedrock, presumably, with technologies that still can not be explained by many academics...enjoy.
South Africa is about to close its Timbuktu trust fund - formally ending an era that began more than a decade ago with a trip by two presidents to the hot and dusty streets of the legendary Malian desert city.