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Divine dwellings

Embracing new traditions, architecture, cuisine, shopping, or meeting people who become lifelong friends, are just a few of the extraordinary benefits of travel. The most memorable trips leave us ( yes, perhaps a bit sad because it has ended), feeling refreshed and inspired...ready to get back to our lives with a new perspective. I have found, one of the most special gifts we can hope to experience, as we explore new corners of the world, is its exquisite, natural beauty. From mountain ranges to deserts, waterfalls to stalagmites, fjords to fresh water oases, it is full of jaw dropping beauty in which to adventure, behold, photograph or simply cherish.

I will never forget the first time I laid eyes on a grotto -a small, picturesque cave near water. I must have been four or five years old, yet vividly remember our motor boat carefully cruising into this magical cave, as the captain navigated the tides. Sunlight spilled through this crack in the mountainside, just large enough so the boat's passengers could experience the emerald green and turquoise waters, dancing in the light. I have always been drawn to mountains and water, so this was right up my alley.

The beauty of a grottos will not only impact you with its unique beauty, but offer you a mystical energy, unlike anything you have ever experienced. While this particular grotto I explored as a child is located in Southern Italy, they can be found all over the world, in every climate, from the warm waters of the Mediterranean to the icy cold, arctic, waters of Alaska.

A few spectacular grottos from around the world, from left to right:

Valdez Glacier, Alaska, Reed Flute Cave, China, Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile,

Lake Balakai, Iceland, Benagil Sea Cave, Portugal, Fingals Cave, Scotland.

Another fun and interesting fact about grottos is that in antiquity, they were regarded as dwelling places of divinities and... divine they are indeed.

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