Wednesday, June 5, 2013



My cyber friend Sailor Sue and I share emails and blogs on a regular basis.  She's used to my moaning about the weather, or the state of the nation, or in the case of my recent visit to Machu Picchu the interminable number of steps my aging legs moaned about having to climb....

 That's Sue, adrift for the moment from the good ship Piano stretching her legs in the Dominican Republic.

The following ten photos are absolute gems she located on the web and forwarded to me.  Her intention no doubt to counter my moans and groans and show me what my legs missed out on ...thankfully.

Enjoy the torture.....

Wurzburg , Germany    

Elbsandsteingebirge stairs in Schsische Schweiz, Germany.

Some steps are cut directly into the rock of these mountains.
Dating from the thirteenth century and were eroded by wind and water, but it remained being used daily by tourists. 487 steps, which have been restored in the eighteenth century to facilitate transit.

Cross Road ladder in Bermeo, Basque Country, Spain.

This network connects with endless steps where Rocky is a small church dating from the tenth century, it seems to be of Templar origin.
To reach the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatze must climb 231 steps and there are gaps between steps are identified to be the footprints of St. John, which are assigned certain curative powers.
For example, sit on them for healing, or touch the hat to cure headaches.


Wayna Pichu at Machu Pichu, Peru.
Some steps cut into the rock which crown an ascent of 360 feet above the main city of Machu Pichu. In some sectors, the ascent is complicated, passing through narrow portions with small eroded steps.  They allow only 400 tourists to climb daily, and shuts down access at 1 p.m.    

Haiku scale in Oahu, Hawaii.

This extraordinary scale spanning 3922 steps, climbing and descending a hill of 850 meters. It was created to facilitate the installation of antennas in 1942.
Largely made of wood, was modernized in 1950 with metal, but closed to the public since 1987.      

The Inca road in Peru.
An ancient trade route that connects Cuzco to Machu Picchu town.
there are miles and miles of stairs in some very unsafe places, such as for example the famous floating stage

Crack of Guatape in Antioquia, Colombia.

Corner stone is a genuine monolith with a height of 220 meters.
Cement stairs were built directly on the rock, filling the crack where the sides support the structure.  To reach the top, you must climb the 702 steps.      

Pailon del Diablo, Equador       

Chand Baori fountain in India.
These steps lead to a huge fountain built in the tenth century to collect rain in the region and accumulate them in temporary lakes.
The structure has a total of 3,500 steps and down to a depth of 30 meters.     

And finally.... like a corkscrew opening a congratulatory bottle of champers.....

Scale worm Taihang Mountains on the border between

Shanxi and Henan provinces in China.

This scale worm of approximately 100 meters was recently installed with the intention of attracting thousands of tourists to the beautiful Taihang mountains.

But, before climbing visitors are asked to sign a form assuring there are no heart or lung problems.

Many thanks to the unknown photographers who took these snaps and originally posted them on the net for people like Sue and I to enjoy....


Sailor Sue and RainbowRob