February 21, 2005 12:00 am
In Peru Dan visits Machu Picchu, the last Inca capital after the Spanish Conquista (colonisation); the Inca salt pans; the Nazca Lines, traced by a mysterious civilization on a huge scale in the Andean desert; the Spider necklace of SipÃ¡n at Lamayeque and Chan Chan mud city at Trujilo. He travels via Chile's Easter Island (visiting the moai statues, last witnesses to a completely destroyed islander culture) to Brazil, where he visits the Umhara Indian headdress at CuiabÃ and the giant Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
February 28, 2005 12:00 am
In Mexico, Dan Cruickshank visits the Mayan city of Paleque, the Toltecs' Giants of (Tollan) Tula and the painting 'Man, Controller of the Universe' in Mexico city. Next Dan is in North America, in the USA, starting in the former Mexican part: a colt revolver is arguably his least artistic treasure, rather an artifact, at Cortez, then goes to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, president Jefferson's Monticelo estate in Virginia and in New York both the Statue of Liberty (a French gift) and the modern Seagram Building.
March 7, 2005 12:00 am
In Australia Dan visits St James' Church in Sydney and aboriginal Kakadu rock art. He continues through Indonesia, visiting Spirit houses and tau-tau in Torajaland, on Sulawesi island, and Borobudur Stupa on Java to Thailand (for the Gold elephant at the ancient former capital Ayutthaya) and Cambodia, where he shows Angkor Wat at Siem Reap and Stone Faces of Bayon at Angkor Thom.
March 14, 2005 12:00 am
In Japan Dan admires the Katana samurai sword in Tokyo, Himeji Castle and Ryan-ji Zen Buddhist Garden at Kyoto before traveling to China where he visits the Forbidden City and Summer palace park in Beijing, the Great Wall, the terracotta army in the imperial tomb at Xi'an and Ming Dynasty porcelain in Shanghai.
March 21, 2005 12:00 am
First Dan Cruickshank visits India: durga at Kolkata, the traded spices of the port-city Cochin, the Meenakshi temple at Madurai, the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur and the Taj Mahal mausoleum at Agra, a Mughal era capital. Then he crosses to the island of Sri Lanka (the former Ceylon) for visits to Sigiriya, the giant Buddha statue at Polonnaruwa and Buddha's Tooth reliquary in the old royal capital Kandy.
March 28, 2005 12:00 am
In the Central-Asian (former Soviet) republic of Uzbekistan, Dan Cruickshank admires tiles of Samarkand and trading domes in Bukhara, then travels trough Azerbaijan, visiting the Fire Temple and Monastery at Surkhany, in Baku. In Iran (alias Persia), we marvel at the Imam mosque in Naghsh-i Jahan Square in Isfahan, a Persian rug in Shiraz, the Behistun Inscription in Kermanshah and the Ancient Achaemenid empire's capital Persepolis. Finally to Syria, visiting the Al-Hamidiyah Souk in the capital Damascus.
April 4, 2005 12:00 am
In Jordan, Dan visits the rock-carved Nabataean capital Petra and the Madaba Map, then travels via the Jerusalem Temple Mount to Ethiopia, to visit imperial Abessynia's Coptic monuments: the Axum Stelae, 'The miracles of Mary' manuscript kept in the church of Debre Damo and the Lalibela churches complex and - cross, which are carved out of massive rock.
April 11, 2005 12:00 am
In The West-African land-locked Sahel country Mali, Dan visits the Great Mosque of Djenna and at Sanga the Dogon tribe's rock paintings and a ceremonial dance mask. The journey continues North trough desert-state Libya, visiting the Roman site of Leptis Magna at Tripolis and the Berber granary at Gasr Al-Hajj. Finally East to Egypt, gift of the Nile, where he admires the Great Pyramid of Giza, the burial mask of Pharaoh Tuthankamun in the Cairo museum, queen Nefertari's tomb in amazing Luxor and the Edfu temple of Horus.
April 18, 2005 12:00 am
In Turkey Dan visits the Derinkuyu underground city carved into the rocks in Cappadocia and the Hagia Sophia (former Byzantine monster cathedral, now a mosque) in Istanbul. In Russia the Moscow metro, Solovetsky Monastery at Solovki and Peter the Great's cabin at St. Petersburg star, in Poland salt mine carvings at Wieliczka, finally in Germany the Volkswagen Beatle in Berlin and the Brno Chair at the Bauhaus in Dessau.
April 25, 2005 12:00 am
In this final episode, Dan returns home via Bosnia, where he visit the Ottoman (Turkish empire days) Stari most- bridge in Mostar, then Greece -the Parthenon in Athens-, Italy where he admires the Pantheon in Rome, the Medici chapel in Firenze and the Gran Canale in Venice, followed by Spain -Picasso's Guernica painting in Madrid and the Moorish Alhambra palace in Granada- and lastly France, making an ultimate stop in Chartres for the cathedral before crossing the English channel.