Saturday, February 16: Ailsa’s Travel Theme for this week is Mountains: She writes: It’s hard to beat the soaring majesty of mountains. It’s also apparently hard to define exactly what a mountain is. Countries around the globe use factors such as height, elevation, relief and volume in a vain attempt to define them. The Oxford English Dictionary settles for something suitably vague: “a natural elevation of the earth surface rising more or less abruptly from the surrounding level and attaining an altitude which, relatively to the adjacent elevation, is impressive or notable.” Merriam-Webster doesn’t do any better: “a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill.” Look up ‘hill’ in the same dictionary and you will find that it is described, helpfully, as “lower than a mountain.”
Some of the world’s tallest mountains are the Himalayas in Nepal. Here is a view of the Annapurna Range taken from Pokhara.
Here are mountains, with monasteries built on top, in Meteora, Greece.
And finally, in Oman, where I have never seen snow-cover, are the mountains of Jebel Akhdar.
For more takes on the theme, see Where’s My Backpack? Travel theme: Mountains.
To see more of my trip to Nepal: catbird in south asia
To see more of my trip to Greece: greek wanderings