figured it would be cool to share some of the neato things around us that a lot of tourists miss
out in the middle of the dessert sort of near louth there is this monument/pillar called the "fire stone".
a man built it so that on it cast a reflection on his wifes grave some distance away on her birthday
nobody really knows how he worked out the angles, or how he got all the stone that way out,
they think maybe paddle steamer and horse drawn cart
it's very Australian, but people miss it because it's in the middle of nowhere, (at the risk of offending locals) it's the only thing of note in a hundred miles
like there is nothing out there but this cross
It's the oldest oak in France, estimations are between 800 and 1000 years https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%AAne_chapelle
No it really is that old, it's been tested
The folklore says the tree was planted for the birth of Normandy (the city's there) and that William the Conqueror stopped there.
This can't be verified but the tree itself is from the IXth century according to recent estimations
it's great that the tree is actually interesting
I saw the oldest tree in northern vietnam a few years back and it was just a tree in a forest, not big, or special
in australia there is a fairly widespread belief that you shouldn't burn wood from a tree that's been hit my lightning
some say it's dangerous, some say it won't burn, some say it's just bad luck
one might suspect that the french villagers did not really want to burn the tree down, pretty comfy
When I live on my own I'd love to do couchsurfing down here in the southeast. I live in Georgia but can drive to SC easily.
Confederate Mount Rushmore, a lot of flag rallies and militias hang out there on important days
>Fort Mountain State Park
Mysterious ruins of an Indian wall, weird because the local tribes never built in stone
>Rock Eagle Effigy
A very large stone bird in rural Georgia that nobody can explain. It looks to predate organized tribes, but it's not a burial ground and no ceremonial objects were found. There's another less impressive one 40 miles away.
Very interesting village of African separatists who pravtice Voodoo and have their own king, will give you a tour that lasts up to 2 hours for like $10
Coastal town that's so beautiful that General Sherman refused to burn it down on his march through Georgia
>Old Sheldon Church Ruins
Destroyed by the British in the Revolutionary war and Sherman in the Civil war, a few miles from the African village
>Gullah Geechee communities
Descendants of the slaves that inherited the plantations on the islands of South Carolina when their masters fled, they live communally but are vanishing fast.
Mysterious monument that the locals think is tied into a worldwide conspiracy. It calls for the creation of a global government, global language and to reduce population to half a billion
Impressive mountain in north GA, highest in the state
First American gold rush, you can still pan for gold and river raft there.
I guess the tree has always been kinda "sacred" around here. The village was never destroyed by war or whatever so the tree was safe, people didn't run out of wood either, there has been several different churches inside, people living inside (a priest wrote during the 18th cent he managed to fit 40 children inside) etc
Pic related an engraving of the tree from the same century