Deep fried scorpions served at the Night Market in Beijing, where people also ate exotic snakes, crickets, centipedes, worms and even noodles. I have to say it was very interesting, bizarre and exotic and a little disgusting—the eating of scorpions and those other insects wasn’t very appetizing to us. And in case you’re wondering, no, we didn’t eat any.
Our hotel was walking distance to a very wide pedestrian street where the Night Market was located. We walked in amazement around all the individual stalls hawking clothing, consumer goods, snacks or fast food, and specialty drinks. The atmosphere was crowded, noisy, while fast-paced music played over loudspeakers. All in all, it was a unique experience.
For now the Night Markets are closed.
Do you believe in miracles? Have you heard of the Parícutin Volcano?
A small village, San Juan Parangaricutiro, was destroyed during the formation of the Parícutin volcano in 1943. The village is now called "Nuevo" (Spanish for "New") San Juan Parangaricutiro.
The volcano began growing out of a cornfield in San Juan Parangaricutiro, Michoacán, Mexico. The ten-mile-long lava flow erupted for eight years, growing to a height of 336 meters. The lava flow buried the village, but the inhabitants were able to evacuate.
Of all the buildings, only the top of the church is now visible from the volcanic deposits. The miracle was that the lava stopped at the altar.
The Paricutin volcano appears in many versions of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The location is about 150 miles south of Guadalajara.
I was lucky enough to see this miracle in 1979. We first had to go by horse and then hike the rest of the way to get to the altar.
I took the gargoyle picture in the upper reaches of Notre-Dame in Paris in 1990.
Besides seeing the ground level of this incredible church (sadly now damaged), you could buy a ticket to enter a side entrance and go up 422 steps to the higher reaches of the cathedral and see much of Paris laid out, plus fantastic stone creatures and the famous bell. From these heights is where I found this gargoyle and ending up taking other incredible shots.
I went to Paris to do research for my first historical mystery novel, The Alchemy of Murder (https://carolmccleary.com/) published by Macmillan, where I had my heroine secretly rendevous in Norte-Dame's bell tower. I'm happy to say that the novel was also published in 13 different countries.