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There are some amazing places in this world, most of which none of us will see in real life , but with the internet we can learn about and view so much more now.

We can go around the world in our own front room, so whilst we are wondering what to do with our own spare time, maybe you will share some of your choices with either photographs or pictures of places and things you find interesting. Where you would like to visit or have visited , historical, modern, mountains and sea, gardens and buildings , monuments and temples. Anything that takes your interest.

Where or what in the world would you like to share ?


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The ancient underground city beneath the Fort at Nevsehir discovered in 2014, the largest of the 38 underground cities discovered so far in the Cappadocia region, it is estimated there are between 150 to 200 of these cities built by the Hittites.



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Petra, Jordan.

The area around Petra has been inhabited as early as 7,000 BC,by the Nabataeans . There is evidence of the Nabataeans there in the 2nd century BC. but could be much longer than that. A trading post between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea , the caravans made their way along the Silk Road .

https://en.unesco.org/silkroad/silk-road-themes/world-heritage-sites/petra




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We are very lucky to have so much so easily within our reach these days! I'm a bit of a fan of webcams; I know someone living outside Anchorage so I sometimes look at Alaska Cam to see what their weather's like. Snowdonia, Cornwall, loads of places etc - all can be visited virtually. More locally there's Wirralcam, of course.

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Oh Alaska , I know it’s freezing most of the year and with little daylight but the scenery is breathtaking. I watch the bears at Brooks Falls in katmai avidly when they come out of hibernation its become like a bear soap opera for me as can recognise quite a few now. That’ll give me something to do if we still got this damn corona around, hope bears can’t catch it! I like all the programmes like , The last frontier , life below zero. I was only thinking of those people living off grid should be ok maybe hats how we were all supposed to live. I have to turn away when they kill animals though. Getting abit carried away there that’s what Alaska does to you ha. Yes I will be tuning into a lot of webcams to pass the time away, .

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You'd think, as I know someone over there, I'd be watching that 'win a wilderness retreat in Alaska' show, but I really don't enjoy that kind of reality tv. What was eye-wateringly good was a show on last night - Dan Snow and others tracing the route of the Klondike Gold Rush in 'Operation Gold rush'. Sensational, brutal scenery on the USA/Canada border and a brutal journey - brutal even now, so goodness knows what it was like 100 years ago.

As for places to visit virtually, closer to home, the Welsh National Botanic Garden - lush! That's a place I definitely need to visit when we can all travel again. I saw it on Antiques Roadshow last night.
https://botanicgarden.wales/
Brimham Rocks has a strange charm. I've only ever been there in drizzly weather, would love to see them in the sun. Great for taking wierd photographs!
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks

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When I lived in Whitehorse YT 50 years ago, I went to a town named Carcross.
We went to an drinking establishment and inside there was this very old parrot.
Apparently, it was brought up during the gold rush days.

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Watched that , Win a Wilderness retreat prog, absolute rubbish ...No I like the proper Alaskan reality shows should have a look in on Life Below Zero Greenwood it’s very interesting. Nice to see you back on forum Snowshoes we need it to be kept busy to entertain us. How is this Corona impacting on you there ?

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Originally Posted by snowshoes
When I lived in Whitehorse YT 50 years ago, I went to a town named Carcross.
We went to an drinking establishment and inside there was this very old parrot.
Apparently, it was brought up during the gold rush days.


Trip down memory lane for you, Snowshoes. smile Nice story, thank you .

https://www.yukon-news.com/news/polly-the-foul-mouthed-sourdough-parrot/

Biting, drinking and swearing, Polly the Parrot was worse behaved than some of the miners who frequented the bar at the Caribou Hotel in Carcross.

Reportedly living to the age of 125, Polly had a long and unusual life.

According to one story, Polly belonged to a barber in Vancouver and then came to the Yukon with the stampeders and was brought over the Chilkoot Pass in 1898.

In the early 1900s, the bird came under the care of Captain James Alexander, who ran the Engineer Mine located on the shore of Tagish Lake east of Atlin, British Columbia.

In October 1918, Alexander and his wife left the bird behind while they went south for a visit.

Sadly, they did not make it to Vancouver. Both died when the ship on which they were travelling, the Princess Sophia, hit a reef while navigating the Lynn Canal and sank.

The ship was destroyed and all of its passengers were drowned.

Orphaned, Polly moved in to the Caribou Hotel in Carcross and quickly became its more distinctive resident.

From its perch in the hotel’s restaurant, Polly adopted the language and mannerisms of the hotel’s clientele.

Over more than 60 years of watching the miners belly up to the bar, the bird learned how to sing, bite, drink, spit and swear.

“By the time Dorothy (McLennan, the bird’s final owner) inherited the parrot, Polly’s habits included swearing and biting her customers, especially local gold miners,” according to the book Talking Tails: The Incredible Connection between People and their Pets, which featured a chapter on Polly’s story.

“The bird also belted back whiskey until he got so drunk he fell off his perch. Despite his wicked ways, Dorothy knew Polly loved kids – the parrot sang sweetly whenever children sat down for homemade pie in her restaurant.”

Polly’s unusual talents also earned it a dubious fame when a Canadian Press reporter turned up at the hotel in the 1970s.

“The world famous Carcross parrot is probably the oldest, meanest, ugliest, dirtiest bird north of the 60th parallel,” Dennis Bell wrote in an article called Parrot Reformed but Hates Everyone, which was heralded as a story of the year in 1972.

“He hates everybody. Which is understandable, because the damned old buzzard has resided within spitting distance of a beer parlour since 1919 and has had to endure 64 years of beer fumes, drunks who mash soggy crackers through the bars of his cage, and phantom, feather pluckers.”

After outliving many of its owners, Polly died in November 1972 and was buried in Carcross.

By that time, stories of this fantastic bird had been heard all over the world and the Caribou Hotel owners received letters, cards and phone calls from people offering their condolences. Some people even offered replacement parrots.

“A funeral train loaded with dignitaries rode out from Whitehorse on the White Pass railway. Johnny Johns, the famous hunting guide, performed the eulogy and sang some verses of I Love You Truly (one of Polly’s favourite songs), while beating on a skin drum,” wrote Sam Holloway in the Yukoner Magazine in 2004.

“With the service over, almost the entire population of Carcross, folks from all over the Yukon and elsewhere, went to the Caribou Hotel for drinks – many, many drinks.”

Polly’s gravestone, which was placed on the outskirts of the cemetery, reads: “Under this sod lies a sourdough parrot, / Its heart was gold, pure 14 carat. / Polly now can spread her wings / Leaving behind all earthly things. / She ranks in fame as our dear departed, / A just reward for being good hearted.”

A rubbing from Polly’s gravestone is featured in Matt Willes’ display of Yukon headstone rubbings showing in the MacBride Museum’s community cabinet until September.

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Wow, you're the best gran. I'd forgotten all that. Yes, great story. I guess you can teach old parrots new tricks.

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Good grief - that parrot must have been made of stern stuff to survive those experiences (I saw the Chikoot Pass on tv last night - yikes!) and live to such a great age! My friend has an African Grey - she'd be very interested to read that. Thanks for posting it!

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Morning Granny, love this topic and would join in with putting images up but unfortunately I can’t get any photos up , I’ve got too figure out how to get jpg or pnf size , that’ll take me ages as you know how good I am with technology, NOT ha ...

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