On an early November morning I saw clear skies ahead and drove off for a fine day in Västra Götaland, to visit a megalithic site, and as it happen also some of the beautiful sites along the way.
I wish you all a fine autumn,
This is my realm, this is my loyalty and for this I share my life. Here’s some footage and photos from the Alvastra Abbey Ruins.
Went out to find good spots for photo sessions, and this medieval fort ruin, called Ragnhildsholmen, was great. Ragnhildsholmen belong to Norway around 1250’s when it was built. Sweden won over the whole region in 1658 in The Roskilde Peace Treaty negotiations.
There are almost 60 000 tombstones (monoliths) like these in Bosnia & Herzegovina, called stećci. These ones in Radimlja are easy to visit, being just 3 km near Stolac. Otherwise many of them are located on high altitudes and in forests.
The annual Göteborg Film Festival has began for 2016 with over 450 films to choose from all in all. Every year they have a focus, this years it’s on Italy so there’s more than a dozen special film from there.
The center of beauty of Mostar is its Old Town with Stari Most, but there’s so much more close by to see and experience. Here’s a list of places to visit that are out of the main tourist map –
We visited the Old Blagaj Fort high up above Vrelo Bune cave and river mouth about 310 meters above sea level. Long ago the Illyrians lived there and had settlements around the area and fortified it,
A must visit if you’re in or around Mostar is the medieval small town of Počitelj, as it is less than a half an hour drive away. The town was founded in 1383 by the Bosnian king Stjepan Tvrtko I and was within the Kingdom of Bosnia until the Ottoman finally succeeded in conquering Bosnia (read more in this post –
First, let me put things in perspective. We have religious symbols of the Abrahamic religions that have been used in wars, aggression, genocide and all kinds of prosecutions – spanning over 2000 plus years.
Here’s a translation from the last chapter, Conclusion, in the book Boumili by Radmilo Petrović. It sums up what is known and unknown regarding the Gnostic Bogomils of medieval Bosnia.
For he who has not known himself has known nothing, but he who has known himself has at the same time already achieved knowledge about the depth of the all. – The Book of Thomas the Contender
Here is a four part documentary about Gnosticism or simply perhaps the true Christianity.
Here’s another stave church from this years last roadtrip in Norway. It’s the Torpo stave church, located in Buskerud on a hillside overlooking the valley below. Beautiful surroundings as always and some extra for the autumn mood.
The Voynich Manuscript drawings are naive in their style, but the script is perfect and there is no sign of error in any of the pages. It is assumed to have been written at the end of the 15th or 16th century.
Some images of the valleys and stave churches I stopped by on the way. It really feels in your soul when you leave the high mountainside and drive more and more inte to the “flat lands”.
Interesting mix of ancient norse and then modern christian church architecture. Apparently there were about 1000 of them once upon a time. The Borgund stave church is the one best kept intact through time…