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Our tour in Israel, after leaving the Jordan River, took us along the east side of the Sea of Galilee. This land was formerly part of Syria (Golan Heights). Once a desert, the Israelites have converted it into a land of plenty with orchards of lemons, mangos, pomegranates, oranges, bananas, kiwi, and many others fruits. READ MORE >>

Our journey led us to Nazareth, the city of Mary, virgin mother of Jesus. We visited the Church of the Annunciation, built over the spot where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce she would be the Savior's mother. Jesus grew up in Nazareth and learned his skills there as a carpenter. READ MORE >>

Next we made a stop to overlook the old walled city of Jerusalem. The Golden Dome of the Muslim mosque dominates the view. Muslims built this mosque on the site of the Temple Mount where an angel appeared to Zechariah telling him of the imminent birth of his son, John.   READ MORE >>

Here are the frescoes we saw at the Palace of Knossos. These are replicas of the originals, the originals having been removed to a museum on Crete. Unfortunately, the museum  was closed for the afternoon when we had the opportunity to visit. Remarkably beautiful art!! The most famous one is the one with the dolphins. READ MORE >>

The next stop on our trip was a visit even further back in time, to about 4,000 BC and the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete. This is the oldest recorded European civilization. The Palace of Knossos was the center of an ancient city (Heraklion) built about 3,700 years ago (around 1700 BC) and occupied by peoples we know very little about. READ MORE >>

Continuing from yesterday, these are some photos of the frescoes we saw at Herculaneum, the town buried but preserved by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. These are originals! And  years old! There were certainly some talented artisans amongst the Romans!Henry Lowndes READ MORE >>

My wife and I were recently in the Mediterranean on vacation and one of our stops was at Napoli (Naples), Italy. This presented an opportunity to visit one of the cities destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Esther and I chose Herculaneum over Pompeii. (Honestly I had never heard of Herculaneum before! READ MORE >>

    Esther and I recently visited to Old Sheldon Church, located near Yemassee, SC. The ruins of this very old church are amazing and beautiful in their splendor.  It excites the imagination to think what the church actually looked like when first constructed in the 1750s. READ MORE >>

   In December 1972, 44 years ago, I started working at C. T. Lowndes & Company and, for the last 34 years, I have been the man in charge at the agency.   I have loved every minute of the time and have been excited by all of the challenges and the successes and have learned a lot from the failures and setbacks. READ MORE >>

On a recent weekend, my wife and I visited Donnelly Wildlife Management Area in Green Pond, SC. The beauty of nature in the Low Country is always amazing and unique.   Donnelly is an area where rice was planted in the old days and the rice fields stretch for miles.   READ MORE >>

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