26 February 2007

Stroll and patrol

Here is Cathy Buckle's latest Letter from Zimbabwe.


One of Zimbabwe's most famous natural attractions is Victoria Falls, or as it was known pre-Livingstone, Mosi-oa-tunya, "The Smoke that Thunders."

Edge of the falls from the Zambia side

Top of the Devil's Cataract

Central Main Falls Area

View of Main Falls from Devil's Cataract Area

Main Falls

Bridge between Zambia (left) and Zimbabwe (right)

Victoria Falls from Devil's Cataract (near) to Zambia (far)

25 February 2007

Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe is located near Mazvingo, Zimbabwe. It was the inspiration for Rider Haggart's novel King Solomon's Mines. (The best movie adaptation was filmed in East Africa in the late 1950's. A silly version was filmed in Zimbabwe in the 1980's. A movie loosely based on the novel has been shown on the Hallmark Channel.) The most famous aspects of the ancient city are the "Acropolis" and the "Valley Complex."

Wall and entrance to the "Acropolis" atop a hill overlooking the "Valley Complex"

Top a the wall of the Acropolis

View of the Valley Enclosure through the wall of the Acropolis

View of the Valley Complex from the Acropolis

Approach to the Valley Enclosure

The Tower in the Valley Enclosure