what happens in the middle of nowhere


There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.
-Bern Williams 

good norning and bon weekend! it’s memorial day so i’m sending thanks to all the troops who’ve worked hard to protect our freedom over the years without judgement or politics including my own dear dad and brothers.



we’ve been working non stop lately but last night i had a chance to do a little armchair traveling and explore the idea of going to a couple upcoming events with volunteers for peace  (vfp.org) this summer. below are two happening in july. there’s something for everyone including boys and girls, single adults and families. they’re held all over the world and range from archaeological digs to bringing clean water to communities in need. the sky’s the limit!  normally i’d never travel to the mountains or far inland as a coastal lover. still these are good jump offs to start an overseas trip. take a look at the site and if you decide to go, let me know!


The Valley of Wonders (La Vallee des Merveilles) is  in the French Alps. There were more than 40,500 protohistoric  rock carvings dating from the Chalcolithic and the Bronze Age discovered throughout the region.


this one is near the  Côte d’Azur. it’s also known as the valley of marvels.


way up in the mountains someone stumbled onto ancient rock carvings that are thousands of years old. what were they doing up here way back then?

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It’s accessible only by hiking which is why the prehistoric site has been so well preserved.
Mount Bego, which rises to 2,872 meters, dominating its imposing stature valleys. The terrain has been shaped by glaciers that ran down its slopes there some 10,000 years ago.

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this little guy has become the poster child for the region.


the work will be done in one of the caves of marvels


so many ancient sites have the spiral as a recurring theme. some of the oldest are in france.



and thousands of carvings like these are all over the rocks. i’m fascinated with the petroglyphs. what were they trying to say?


Vallée des Merveilles-fr.wikipedia.org

this traveler made a panoramic interactive of the region which he uploaded below:



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anyway after that i’d head to italy where they’ve been creating a sustainable eco- friendly town from  ancient ruins. again, not in my first choice for a travel destination necessarily but a good starting point nonetheless! granara-eco-village-green-camp

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it’s supposedly close to parma


and picturesque to say the least


The organisation G.Eco (Granara Ecology) is located in Granara, a 600 mt altitude rural village on Appennini mountains. Granara is an experiment in sustainable development of an open community. The activities concern solar and appropriate technologies, bio-architecture, holistic health care, environmental education, social activities, theatre and art workshops and promotion of ecological awareness of inhabitants and hosts.  Granara hosts a summer a Theatre Festival, dedicated to ecology.



it looks like the town was once abandoned

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groups of dedicated visitors have come and put their hands on it to bring it back to life and repurpose and modernize it while maintaining its beauty and history.



of couse you always eat well in italy, even in the middle of nowhere!




above is a good photo video just to get an idea.

anyway VFP offers so much that it’s impossible not to find something to sink your heart and/or teeth into. they offer over 3000 projects in more than 100 countries around the world. below is just in europe! visit their site to open up the rest of the world.  in the meantime have a great weekend with the ones you love!

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England UK
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Northern Ireland UK
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Scotland UK
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Wales

May 18, 2013. Travel.


  1. Heidi replied:

    Theres so much history in all those wonderful abandoned buildings also
    thank you for such a lovely post!
    I woke up to fresh snow…ick!


  2. Nikon replied:

    I love the alpine shots and the village on the cliff photo.
    I love the hillside towns of Europe – great photos!


  3. MJH Design Arts replied:

    Amazing. Yes, it would be a wonderful adventure. Gorgeous places with so much ancient mystery. Thank you.


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