The Celts

10/08/2018 10:05
Crossed Britannia Bridge, one of the two crossing the narrow stretch of sea that split the island of Anglesey or Ynnis Môn and Wales, there’s a town not known for its monuments because basically lacks of them, or by its church of Saint Mary or any imaginable tourist attraction as the column of the...
09/02/2018 10:57
Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, looks like to have attracted in some special way to a significant number of writers. Numerous authors have been born or lived in the city, to the point that there are several monuments and a museum dedicated to them. Near Holyrood, on the slopes of the ancient...
28/04/2017 09:42
I will not say she’s like on her first day, but Lady Isabella is remarkably well preserved after been long surpassed its first century and a half. Another lady, Lady Dundas unveiled on September 27, 1954 a plaque to commemorate the centenary. Lady Isabella is nothing less, a huge waterwheel 72 feet...
20/05/2016 18:07
He was called the fifth Beatle, but he wasn’t a musician. He played the balls, but generally only did so with the feet. And they say that, according his name, he was the best soccer player world had ever seen. On the other hand he was the only idol of the sixties shared by both Catholic and...
29/09/2015 09:40
Kells is a small town in County Meath which has about five thousand inhabitants. It’s so far as tewnty four miles from Dublin. The M3 motorway has approached considerably the capital reducing travel time and making it an easy alternative to dwell. Twelve hundred years before there was yet to build...
02/07/2015 11:33
They say God created the universe in seven days. They say on the seventh He rested. They also say that going to rest lean his hand on Earth, in Galicia, where they said He left the imprint of his fingers deeply marked. That piece of land is Rias Baixas, the footprint is the sea going deep inland,...
30/03/2015 17:16
- Madame! Une douzaine des sauvages, s'il vous plait! With the skill provided by boredom and the constant repetition of the same movements, the lady at the counter wields the short-handled knife with protection and a blunt edge. With an automatic gesture, almost involuntary, looking to separate the...
14/11/2014 20:49
At bird's eye view Tintagel is a closed bend on the map. Just a couple of miles where all the shops in town looms. First on Bossiney Road, then in Fore Street. There, on the right Lewis', formerly The Riggs, a charming B & B with four bedrooms in a small wooden sixteenth century mansion, offers...
26/10/2014 12:59
Simon & Garfunkel sang in 1966 a ballad titled A Simple Desultory Philippic. One of the verses said He’s so unhip, that when you say Dylan, he thinks you’re talking about Dylan Thomas, whoever he was. The man ain’t got no culture. The first Dylan is Bob Dylan, or Robert Allen Zimmerman in its...
17/09/2014 09:57
Leaving Northumberland, the last of the English counties, there’s a nearly invisible border, separating England from Scotland on the Cheviot Hills. And it could be completely invisible but there’s a large sign reading Fàilte gu Alba, (Welcome to Scotland), a large St. Andrew’s banner and a hot dog...
27/06/2014 12:20
The Isle of Man, Ellan Vannin in Gaelic, on a world map a small dot between Ireland and Great Britain, is basically known for a couple of subjects. First at all for being a tax haven. There are no taxes on capital gains and transfers or benefits. Although the OECD, the Organization for Economic...
17/03/2014 12:39
The city starts a new cloudy dawn. Good enough weather that will make unnecessary to open the umbrella, though it gonna not be sunny. The Sun, the newspaper, is bent on the lonely table of Caffe Italia. Just past the first page and there are good news. On the third is Samantha, she’s from...
21/12/2013 13:34
It is not just a London street neither a cover of the Beatles. There are plenty of Abbey Roads, Abbey streets, Abbey lanes or alleys or passages in Irish geography. The spread of Christianity by the early monks and friars caused the proliferation of abbeys, rural churches and convents when early...
22/10/2013 18:35
My first pilgrimage was quite accidental. I left Madrid without having the foggiest idea about where to go. So I said goodbye to my friends in the capital and went to Chamartín Station as I could have gone either to Atocha. There was no intention whatsoever, just as there was neither choosing...
25/08/2013 10:50
Tro Breizh means nothing else than: through Brittany. In Breton, of course. In the days when long pilgrimages started, Brittany eased to local believers with no means access to a venerable prayer and nearest relics between the cities hosting the story of the Seven Holy Founders of...
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The Celts

 

Bishop Street Within, Londonderry
 

The title comes from a Hugo Pratt comic volume. Somehow has also been an inspiration, and moreover it was the simplest summary of the content. A several years tour in the lands once saw flourish Central European Hallstatt and La Tene cultures which also spread to Asia Minor. But the outcome has been focused where today even claim their cultural and linguistic links. Which are recognized as Celtic Nations. Galicia is the only case hasn’t been preserved a vestige of the language but is involved in the mythology, history and music. After three generic stories the tour will go from north to south starting at old Hibernia, the current Ireland, where it has been better preserved Celtic's legacy,  to continue for Scotland – formerly Alba- by his relationship with the Irish northeast, then the Isle of Man and Cornwall, to arrive to French Brittany and finish the voyage in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, where, according to legend, began the Gaelic journey.

Polperro, Cornwall

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

Merlin's Grave, Brocelande  Forest, Bretagne, France

Santon, Isle of Man

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