Red Hook, NY is located in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley. It has many attractions, both in the village (where I live) and the town, as well as the surrounding area.
Sake is Japanese rice wine - but you can drink it hot or cold. It is usually served in special cups, but you can drink it from a box - now that's different!
The Hudson River is a truly beautiful river, and it is crossed at numerous points by a variety of fascinating bridges along its course through the Hudson River Valley.
If I were rich I'd have built a mansion in the Hudson Valley - not too far from New York City but far enough to enjoy the peace of this beautiful rural area.
"The Nutcracker" is such a part of the Christmas season I can't imagine December without seeing it at least once. If you can't see it live, this is a brilliant and timeless performance, my favorite.
The mythical phoenix - the legendary bird that burns and rises again from the ashes to live anew. What a symbol of hope!
I love tea, partly because I'm British, but also because tea is just amazing. It makes the world a better place!
Griffins are quite strange mythical creatures - part lion part eagle, now who would have thought of that as a combination!
Unicorns are special mythical creatures - they are symbols of purity and innocence, and have the power to heal. They are also beautiful!
An army of 8,000 warriors, all made of clay - now that's amazing!
El Castillo (the Castle) is the famous pyramid at Chichen Itza built by the Mayan civilization and dedicated to the serpent god Kukulkan.
Cave paintings dating back to prehistoric times have been discovered in caves throughout the world. They not only offer a glimpse into the lives of these early humans but are beautiful works of art!
The Great Pyramid of Giza is truly worthy of being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and all the pyramids and the Great Sphinx together are quite out of this world!
The Moai statues of Easter Island are fascinating - big heads with funny expressions on little squat bodies, they are strange!
Prehistoric cave paintings are an incredible gift from our distant ancestors. The Lascaux Cave was discovered by chance and has some beautiful artworks.
Centaurs are mythical creatures (or at least I haven't seen a real live one!) that are part man and part horse.
Chimeras are mythical creatures (at least I haven't seen a real one!) that are composites of 2 or more existing creatures.
There are incredible stone monuments all over the world, and we still don't know how or why most of them were constructed.
Creatures of myth and fantasy - every culture has them. Is there any truth in the tales, or is it all in our imagination?