Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Lost, Forgotten, or Fictional Places--Z is for the Lost City of Z

You've probably figured out by now that my A to Z is going to be more of a "have you thought about this place recently" kind of thing. I'm just musing aloud from a to zed. Feel free to muse right along with me!


is for The Lost City of Z

Percy Fawcett
The Lost City of Z is the name given by Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett, a British surveyor, to an indigenous city that he believed had existed in the jungle of Brazil. Fawcett theorized that a complex civilization once existed there and that isolated ruins may have survived.

Fawcett found a document known as Manuscript 512 [pt], held at the National Library of Brazil, believed to have been written by Portuguese bandeirante João da Silva Guimarães. Da Silva wrote that, during 1753, he discovered the ruins of an ancient city that contained arches, a statue and a temple with hieroglyphics. He described the city ruins in great detail without giving its location.

Fawcett intended to pursue finding this city. He was preparing an expedition to find "Z" when World War I broke out and the British government suspended its support. Fawcett returned to Britain and served on the Western Front during the war. In 1920 Fawcett undertook a personal expedition to find the city but withdrew after suffering from fever and having to shoot his pack animal. On a second expedition five years later Fawcett, his son Jack, and Jack's friend Raleigh Rimell disappeared in the Mato Grosso jungle. (from Wikipedia)

Artist rendition of the Lost City of Z (Earth Chronicles News)

Calakmul Mayan Ruins, Yucatan
Whew! Made it! How did you do this year?

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Lost, Forgotten, or Fictional Places--Y is for Yavin 4

You've probably figured out by now that my A to Z is going to be more of a "have you thought about this place recently" kind of thing. I'm just musing aloud from a to zed. Feel free to muse right along with me!

is for Yavin 4


Yavin 4 was the jungle-covered fourth moon in orbit around the red gas giant Yavin. Prior to and during the Galactic Civil War, it hosted the headquarters of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, a group of resistance fighters that opposed the dominant Galactic Empire. Following a major battle that took place around Yavin, the Alliance relocated its headquarters to Hoth. (From the Wookieepedia)



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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Lost, Forgotten, or Fictional Places--X is for Xanadu

I'm posting on Sunday because I missed Saturday due to an Author Symposium I attended. :( Should have hit publish since it was already drafted, but oh, well.)

You've probably figured out by now that my A to Z is going to be more of a "have you thought about this place recently" kind of thing. I'm just musing aloud from a to zed. Feel free to muse right along with me!


is for Xanadu

Let's start with the first stanza of the poem (Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge)...

From The Orthosphere
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

The Site of Xanadu (Shangdu of the Yuan Dynasty) The Site of Xanadu, located on Jinlianchuan Prairie and the north bank of the Shandian River, is 12 miles (20 kilometers) northwest to the center of Zhenglan (Xulun Hoh) Banner of Xilingol League, Inner Mongolia in north China. (Google)

    From Ulowa Wiki

Of course, I first heard this poem while watching the 1980 Musical by the same name with Olivia Newton John and Gene Kelly. This is a story about one of the Greek Muses who falls in love with her assignment. It has everything you expect from the '80s. I mean, half of it is on roller skates!



Come back tomorrow for Yavin 4.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Lost, Forgotten, or Fictional Places--W is for Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

You've probably figured out by now that my A to Z is going to be more of a "have you thought about this place recently" kind of thing. I'm just musing aloud from a to zed. Feel free to muse right along with me!

is for Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory



The 1971 factory and chocolate waterfall
The 2005 factory and chocolate waterfall
Come on, admit it. You can still sing all the songs from both movies! I remember a time when my three oldest kids watched this over and over so they could learn the Augustus Gloop dance the Oompa Loompas did in the 2005 version. I have a video of it on a DVD. My 16-year-old was still in diapers. LOL

Here are the modern "awful" children.


Comment with which child you are below.

Inside I often feel like Veruca Salt, but that side of me never really shows. Thank goodness! I present myself more like Charlie...most of the time.


Come back tomorrow for Xanadu.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Lost, Forgotten, or Fictional Places--V is for Vulcan

You've probably figured out by now that my A to Z is going to be more of a "have you thought about this place recently" kind of thing. I'm just musing aloud from a to zed. Feel free to muse right along with me!

is for Vulcan


Ah, ever heard the phrase "hot as Vulcan"? Evidently it was well known to federation planets and reflected the harsh environment of the planet Vulcan. It has/had a higher gravity than Earth, higher temperatures, and thinner atmosphere. It was/is roughly sixteen light years from Earth but could be reached in four days at light speed.

Vulcan has a rich and lengthy history that you can find on Memory Alpha. I'll just mention that Vulcan was one of the founding members of the Coalition of Planets, and then later helped form the United Federation of Planets. It was destroyed in the "alternate" time line with the reboot by Nero's Narada. This made Vulcan's an endangered species.


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