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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Travel Tuesdays #5: Las Medulas

This photo was taken at Las Medulas, a Roman gold mine in Spain, in March 2005.

The incredible scenery here is a result of the Roman mining methods, which involved digging tunnels in the mountain, flooding them, and then using the water pressure to blow the mountain apart - allowing the gold to be filtered from the rock fragments further down the valley. Absolutely amazing!


Domestic Executive said...

If I wasn't living in New Zealand I'd be living in Spain. I took lessons in preparation but it wasn't to be. I love the wilderness of Spain. Just hate the Costas. What were the Spanish thinking of when they went down that route?

Heather said...

Absolutely beautiful! :)

Peggy said...

That is a fascinating photo and story, I did click into the wikipedia link.The deer photo is extraordinary ,to have them come so close to the house. Hope you are feeling better.

Kazzy said...

Very very cool. I have never been to Spain, but in other places I have traveled I have always enjoyed learning more about the Romans. Fascinating people!

Jenny Beans said...

Wow, how breathtaking. I hope to one day see that with my own two eyes.

Jeanne said...

The summer after she graduated from college, my daughter spent the summer in Europe, mostly in London working at the Hard Rock Cafe and living in a hostel. At the end, though, I bought her a Eurail pass and she backpacked all over. I used to love getting calls from Barcelona and Prague and living vicariously through her. Wonderful picture!

Dina said...

Stunning photo! I also wanted to let you know that I've started reading your novel and am very intrigued. Can't wait to read more!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Domestic Executive - I know what you mean about Spain, I don't really like anywhere too touristy. Do you get to use your Spanish much in NZ?

Heather - thanks :)

Peggy - glad you found it interesting.

Kazzy - I've always been fascinated by the Romans, more so the more I learn.

Jenny - I hope you will, too. The picture doesn't do justice to the scale of the place.

Jeanne - vicarious travelling is the next-best thing after really being there, right? :)

Dina - thanks, and thanks! :)

Pam said...

Wow! It doesn't even look real, does it?

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