Welcome to Episode 17 of the Thin Places Travel Podcast. This episode features Brittany France – an area of mystery and legend with one of the largest collections of pre-Christian monuments in Europe. Our guest today is author and Brittany expert, Wendy Mewes.
Welcome to Episode 17 of the Thin Places Travel Podcast. This episode features Brittany France – an area with one of the largest collections of pre-Christian monuments in Europe. And these monuments are the run of the mill dolmens or passage tombs. The monuments in Brittany, in many instances, predate those in Ireland and the UK. Many believe the people who created the first of the monuments in Ireland and the UK came from Brittany. It was the Breton culture that established this pattern of erecting these ancient monuments.
We are so lucky to have the Brittany expert, Wendy Mewes on the podcast today. If you search the internet for guides in Brittany or books written on the ancient Breton landscape, you will find Wendy’s name and her website…. Wendymewes.com
She is a prolific writer and lecturer. On her website, she has a quote that reads, “My personal identity lies in the landscape.” Her books and writing speak to the concept that the landscape is alive and that there is an inherent “sense of place” unique to the Breton landscape. Wendy lives in Finistere – with its deep forests, sweeping shorelines and ancient stones – an amazing place for walking. Continue reading “017 Brittany France Destinations with Wendy Mewes”
Welcome to Episode 14 of the Thin Places Travel Podcast. Coming up is the 2nd of two interviews with Anthony Murphy, an expert on the World Heritage Site known as Bru na Boinne or the Boyne Valley. In this episode Anthony talks about his recent, once-in-a-lifetime discovery made when doing some aerial photography. It appears to be an ancient henge.
Anthony Murphy and friend find a new henge near Newgrange
This episode is a follow up to episode 13 where I interviewed Irish ancient monument expert, Anthony Murphy. Anthony is a husband and father of five who currently works full time as a journalist. He spends a portion of his free time examining, studying and photographing the ancient monuments in the Boyne Valley – a World Heritage Site. This Valley is not too far from where Anthony lives and if you follow his facebook page – Mythical Ireland, you’ll see that he gets out quite often to photograph the area at various stages of daylight and twilight throughout the changing seasons of the year. Continue reading “014 New Henge Discovery in Boyne Valley – Anthony Murphy”
Welcome to Episode 13 of the Thin Places Travel Podcast. Our featured guest for this episode is Anthony Murphy, an expert on the history and mysteries surrounding the ancient monuments in the Boyne Valley in Ireland. This is the first of two interviews. The second interview (Episode 14) follows this episode, and in that interview, Anthony discusses a once-in-a-lifetime discovery he and his friend made when they discovered new monuments in the Boyne Valley. Be sure to carry your listening through to the second interview.
Mythical Ireland – Boyne Valley with Anthony Murphy
Newgrange, Henges and the Irish Mythology tied to the Ancient Monuments
Anthony Murphy is a historian, journalist and a remarkable photographer who lives in Drogheda, one of Ireland most ancient towns. Most of Drogheda is in County Louth, but a portion of it runs into County Meath – the ancient royal capital of Ireland where you find the Hill of Tara and the massive collection of ancient monuments in the Boyne Valley.