Today's Wonder of the World is...Caves!
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Ever since I posted about handprints in spooky caves yesterday, I've had caves on the brain.
National Geographic photo
I mean, can you imagine if you were one of those teenage French boys back in 1940, having fun chasing a dog, when you fell in a hole and ended up in a cave? And when you looked around with your oil lamp, you saw that you were surrounded by a herd of painted bulls?
Even if you're not a spiritual person, you might say a prayer--at least to find your way out of there!
Caves are spiritual places--and not just for the cave artists!
How about Bernadette, in the cave at Lourdes?
You'd better believe I'd be calling out to the heavens if somebody conned me into crawling through this one!
Flickr photo by me, Alexis
Although I wouldn't mind this one.
Flickr photo by Mike tn
I like my caves nice and open. Just so that if there's something scary in there I can make a quick exit!
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Yes, caves do have their uses.
They're great places for growing mushrooms.
Flickr photo by John of Wirral
And storing wine and cheese.
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And just for being beautiful.
Flickr photo by Ciara McP
A year ago, we went on a big family vacation to Carter Caves, Kentucky. My relatives are all from that part of the state, so before the family reunion we explored the caves. It was great fun, and all the cousins made it out alive! Yey!
We saw stalactites and stalagmites just like the ones above.
I bet you learned about those in school. Do you know the trick for remembering which is which?
Stalactites hang from the ceiling, just like a pair of tights.
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And stalagmites come up from the floor, just like dust mites.
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Very good, children. You've had your lesson for the week.
Now, can anyone point to France on the map?
Here's the entrance to a cave we toured in Domme, back in our French life.
Flickr photo by Amanda Chou
It was lovely, except for the collective myocardial infarction our tour group had when the lights suddenly went out. Other than that, it was fun!
Although I'm not sure if I'd want to live down there.
How about a house built into a cave?
Would you live in this French one?
Flickr photo by Chitlins
Maybe that's a little primitive.
How about this one?
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Very nice! It's in Saumur, France. You could always check the real estate listings.
If that looks too small, here's a nice little cave cottage in Slovenia...
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if you're a king or queen.
If that doesn't suit you, you could always head for the Batcave! I wouldn't think that Batman and Robin would mind--especially if you help Alfred out with a little dusting.
Start about halfway through to see what your digs would look like.
Have a Wonder-full Thursday, everyone!