Thailand

Thailand

The Tai People moved from China into the region now known as Thailand around the 11th century. The country was known for a long time as Siam but became Thailand in 1932 after a ‘bloodless revolution’. The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand and tourists today can ride elephant-back into the countryside. From Chiang Mai in the north to Bangkok in the middle and Phuket Island in the south, Thailand is a country of tremendous natural beauty, over forty thousand Buddhist Temples, and warm, friendly people.

Thailand Videos: This is an excellent 5.5-minute overview video of Thailand. Here is a visually fun, 1-minute look at Thailand. This is a beautiful 6-minute video about Thailand.

FunFacts about Thailand: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula composed of 76 provinces. At 513,120 km2 (198,120 sq mi) and over 68 million people, Thailand is the world’s 50th-largest country by total area and the 21st-most-populous country. (Source)
  • The capital of Thailand is Bangkok.
  • Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar.
  • Historically, the Tai Peoples migrated from China to the current region known as Thailand in the 11th century.
  • The use of the name ‘Siam’ dates from the 12th century.
  • Thailand was the only country in the region that was able to avoid direct Western rule.
  • From Siam to Thailand, quote: Following a bloodless revolution in 1932, Siam became a constitutional monarchy and changed its official name to “Thailand”. (Source)
  • Thailand is a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and remains a major ally of the US.
  • Thailand has a high level of human development, is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia and is classified as a newly industrialized economy.
  • Thailand by square miles is slightly larger than Spain.
  • Geographically, Thailand has several regions: Southern Thailand consists of the narrow Kra Isthmus that widens into the Malay Peninsula while the north consists of the mountainous area of the Thai highlands, the northeast, Isan, which consists of the Khorat Plateau, bordered to the east by the Mekong River and finally the center of the country comprised mostly of the flat Chao Phraya river valley, which runs into the Gulf of Thailand.
  • The Andaman Sea is an important part of Thailand primarily because it is a tourist magnet, despite the devastating tsunami of 2004.
  • Thailand’s climate is most affected by the monsoon seasons.
  • The elephant is Thailand’s national symbol.

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Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

With over 300 Buddhist temples, Chiang Mai has a long spiritual tradition and culture. The city and province of Chiang Mai is located in Northern Thailand and is home to over a million people. The area is mountainous, but the climate is warm year-round. Elephants are an important aspect of Chiang Mai life and tours can be taken on elephant-back to trek through the nearby mountains.

Chiang Mai Thailand Videos: Here’s a 2-minute video on riding elephants in Chiang Mai. This is a fun 5-minute video of a tour of a local Chiang Mai neighborhood. This 4-minute video is an excellent overview of Chiang Mai.

FunFacts about Chiang Mai Thailand: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Chiang Mai, sometimes written as “Chiengmai” or “Chiangmai”, is the largest city in northern Thailand and the capital of Chiang Mai Province. It is 700 km (435 mi) north of Bangkok near the highest mountains in the country. Chiang Mai (meaning “New City” in Thai) was founded in 1296 as the new capital of Lan Na. The city’s strategic location on the Ping River (a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River) and its proximity to major trading routes contributed to its historic importance. (Source)
  • The metropolitan area of the city of Chiang Mai has a population of one million people.
  • King Mangrai founded Chiang Mai in 1296.
  • Chiang Mai has a tropical savanna climate. Located in the mountainous area of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has warm to hot weather year-round.
  • Chiang Mai has over 300 Buddhist temples.
  • The Thai festival of Loi Krathong sends thousands of flowers and candles on banana leaf boats into the waterways and a myriad of sky lanterns into the night. The festival may have originated from an ancient rural ritual of paying respect to water spirits.
  • Many tour companies offer organized treks among the local hills and forests on foot and on elephant-back.
  • Chiang Mai has a large and famous night bazaar for local food, arts and handicrafts.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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Waterfalls

Waterfalls

I love waterfalls and this is my third blog featuring one of nature’s greatest beauties. Please note that the text is actually the same as the blog from December 27, 2017, but the photos are brand new! Enjoy!

From small to immense, waterfalls are one of nature’s wonders. I have to admit, I’ve never seen a large waterfall, only short ones as parts of rivers or streams. But the question that always comes to mind is this: Where does all this water come from, especially if the falls flow constantly? I try to mentally swim upstream, to see where the rain falls or the snow melts to continuously feed these rivers and their attendant waterfalls. I think I’ve lived in the desert too long. With so little rain, it’s hard to picture how any river keeps flowing and why waterfalls don’t dry up most of the time.

Here’s a twenty minute video featuring several famous waterfalls. You’ll see footage first of each waterfall, then the name of the waterfall will appear. This is a long video meant to inspire and relax. It features waterfalls of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA. The video features different perspectives of Yellowstone waterfalls, sometimes with music, and sometimes showcasing a rainbow. 

FunFacts about Waterfalls: (Source) (Source)

  • The tallest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela at 3200 feet.
  • Switzerland has 72 waterfalls in the valley of Lauterbrunnen.
  • Zimbabwe’s powerful Victoria Falls can be heard 40 miles away.
  • Niagara Falls, which forms a border between Canada and the USA, is one of the most popular tourist spots in the world.
  • Some waterfalls freeze.
  • Here is a quote that features some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world in case you want to add them to your bucket list: Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, Sutherland Falls in New Zealand, Dettifoss Falls in Iceland, Gullfoss Falls in Iceland, Yosemite Falls in California, U.S., Kaieteur Falls in Guyana, Angel Falls in Venezuela, and Iguazu Falls in Brazil/Argentina. (Source)
  • There are different types of waterfalls and each has a name:
    • Ledge waterfall
    • Block or Sheet Waterfall
    • Classical Waterfall
    • Curtain Waterfall
    • Plunge Waterfall
    • Punchbowl Waterfall
    • Horsetail Waterfall
    • Slide Waterfall
    • Ribbon Waterfall
    • Chute Waterfall
    • Fan Waterfall
    • Cascade Waterfall
    • Tiered/Multi-step/Staircase Waterfall
    • Cataract Waterfall
    • Segmented Waterfall
    • Catadupa Waterfall
    • Frozen Waterfall
    • Moulin Waterfall
    • *** Note: This list of waterfalls comes from Wikipedia. The page offers specific descriptions. This page also lists a number of significant waterfalls as well as a beautiful gallery of photos. (Source)

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August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019! On Thursday, September 12th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Pathways

Pathways

Just for fun, I wanted to do something a little different with this blog. I hope you find it entertaining, maybe even inspiring. 

When I found photos of different, beautiful and intriguing pathways, it lit my imagination with this thought: What journey are you on today?

Part of my current journey has been this blog and taking the time each week to explore different aspects of our planet, whether a country, or a cuisine, or an animal, or an element of the plant kingdom. I’ve found it fascinating and I know by many of your comments, you do as well.

When funds or time are limited, sharing our thoughts, watching selected videos and gazing at pictures can be a way of experiencing what we may never get to do. I have been particularly inspired by taking a look at the countries in each of the continents of our planet. I’ve long held a belief that (politics aside) most humans care tremendously about family and friends, that what we each strive for above everything else is to love, encourage and protect those in our care and in our communities. Seeing these elements reflected in any photo always warms my heart.

Another part of my current journey, as many of you know, is my garden. I started landscaping and planting in the spring of 2016, so this is my third year watching my design come to life.

Finally, a big part of my journey is figuring out the current publishing climate. While self-publishing began as an exciting and profitable venture, it has become intensely complicated and extremely competitive. So, I’ve had to educate myself about how to build pages on my website, format photos, run Rafflecopter contests, how to create a Facebook or Amazon ad and a whole host of tasks I never thought I would do. These challenges seem to change year to year so that the majority of my learning in the past few months has been about advertising. Not quite my cup of tea, but in today’s market, it’s the only way to remind my readers that I’m still writing and publishing.

So, how about you? What are you up to? Where has life taken you? What is your current path? I hope you’ll take the time to share.

Pathways ~ Videos: Just for fun and mildly related, this 4.41-minute video features the Top Ten Most Beautiful Hikes in the World.

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First September Winner: Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019! On Thursday, September 12th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Plitvice Lakes Croatia

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A UNESCO World Heritage site, Plitvice Lakes in Croatia more than deserves the honor. The lakes are in a karst region in the mountains of Croatia which refers to a topography formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestonedolomite, and gypsum. This means that in addition to sixteen gorgeous lakes and dozens of waterfalls, the surrounding area also has numerous caves, some of which can be explored.

The color of the water among the lakes, anywhere from an azure blue, to turquoise, to gray and even green, is one of the area’s most beautiful features. The land itself is unspoiled and unpolluted being a considerable distance from any major city. It’s no wonder that a million visitors make their way to this part of Croatia each year.

Plitvice Croatia Videos: Here is a gorgeous 4.43-minute video showcasing the beauty of the Plitvice Lakes. This 4.32-minute drone video gives an overhead view of these amazing lakes.

FunFacts about Plitvice Lakes Croatia: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. The national park was founded in 1949 and is in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Source)
  • The north–south road that passes through the national park connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region.
  • One million tourists visit the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes Croatia each year.
  • There are sixteen lakes in Plitvice Croatia.
  • The lakes are all separated by natural dams made up of travertine, a substance that is created by the interaction of moss, algae and bacteria.
  • The lakes have distinctive colors, quote: ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. (Source)
  • The Plitvice Lakes have dozens of waterfalls.
  • Located in a mountainous region, the Plitvice Lakes have a moderate mountainous climate.
  • Because the lake region is underlain by karstic rock, there are many caves in the area.
  • Plitvice Lakes Croatia has been a protected area for a long time. Given its distance from pollution, its primeval fir and beech forests are home to many rare species of animals and plants, as well as the brown bear, known in the US as the grizzly bear.

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August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, September 4, 2019! On Thursday, September 5th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Colombia

Colombia

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Inhabited since 12,000 BCE, Colombia is a country of tremendous diversity. Currently, there are 65 Amerindian languages spoken in Colombia, though 99% of the population speaks Spanish. Colombia has six distinct natural regions including the Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, deserts, islands and coastlines. Because of this range of geography, Colombia is the second-most bio-diverse country in the world and is #1 in bird species.

Colombia Videos: This 2.5-minute video shares the Top 10 things to do in Colombia. This 2.5-minute video shares a different version of travel in Colombia. This 4-minute video is a lively trip around Colombia.

FunFacts about Colombia: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a sovereign state largely situated in the north of South America, with land, and territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific. It comprises thirty-two departments, with the capital in Bogotá. (Source)
  • Population of Colombia: 48 million. The majority of the population is concentrated in the Andean highlands and along the Caribbean coast.
  • Historically, Colombia is made up of various Amerindian civilizations, European settlement, forced African labor and both European and Middle East Immigration. Colombia is a diverse nation ethnically and linguistically.
  • Brief history of Colombia, quote: Colombia has been inhabited by various American Indian peoples since at least 12,000 BCE, including the Muisca, Quimbaya, and the Tairona, along with the Inca Empire that expanded to the southwest of the country. Spaniards arrived in 1499 and by the mid-16th century annexed part of the region, establishing the New Kingdom of Granada, with Santafé de Bogotá as its capital. Independence from Spain was achieved in 1819, but by 1830 the Gran Colombia Federation was dissolved, with what is now Colombia and Panama emerging as the Republic of New Granada. The new nation experimented with federalism as the Granadine Confederation (1858), and then the United States of Colombia (1863), before the Republic of Colombia was finally declared in 1886. (Source)
  • Colombia has been inhabited since 12,000 BCE.
  • Colombia has the second-highest biodiversity in the world, second only to Brazil, though first in bird species. It has the largest number of species in the world, plant and animal, that can be found nowhere else in the world. 10% of all of Earth’s species live in Colombia, including 1900 species of birds which is more than North America and Europe combined.
  • Colombia’s land encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, deserts, islands and coastlines.
  • Colombia is the only country in South America to be on both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.
  • Colombia is the only NATO Global Partner in Latin America.
  • Colombia has a diversified economy which is the third largest in South America.
  • Because of its location, Colombia was a corridor of early human civilization.
  • Colombia has six, very distinct ‘natural regions’. These are: the Andean Region, the Caribbean Region, the Pacific Region adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, the Orinoquía Region (part of the Llanos plains), the Amazon Region, and the Insular Region, comprising islands in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
  • Colombia is bordered to the northwest by Panama, to the east by Venezuela and Brazil, to the south by Ecuador and Peru and is part of the Ring of Fire, a region of the world subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
  • 99% of the population speaks Spanish. Colombia also has 65 Amerindian languages.
  • Given the diversity of its landscape, Colombia’s climate is equally diverse and can be categorized as any of the following: tropical rainforest, savanna, steppe, desert and mountain climates.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marques is one of the most famous authors to come from Colombia. He is the author of Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.

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We have a winner! Congrats Smita D.!!!

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

August Winners: Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.) 

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We have a winner! Congrats Smita D.!!!

August Winners: Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, August 28, 2019! On Thursday, August 29th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

* * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

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To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Colombia. Have you ever visited this part of the world? Which photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!

Bogota Colombia

Bogota Colombia

*** Note: The Tuesday blog is currently on hiatus, but the Monday and Wednesday blogs will continue as usual.

With a cathedral built underground in an old salt mine, with a reputation of once having been the location of mythical El Dorado, and with many streets known for its fabulous graffiti art, Bogota Colombia is a city of many faces. Currently, it is considered a ‘global city‘, which means it has a superior place in the world economy. Perhaps its most interesting feature is that the city is located in the Andes Mountains on a high plateau. This means that Bogota has a consistently cool temperature year-round. For this reason, hearty soups are always on the menu.

Videos of Bogota Colombia: Here’s a 3-minute video featuring the famous ‘Candelaria’ part of Bogota. Here’s a 4-minute video of things to do in Bogota.

FunFacts about Bogota Colombia: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Bogotá, officially Bogotá, Distrito Capital, abbreviated Bogotá, D.C., and formerly known as Santa Fe de Bogotá between 1991 and 2000, is the capital and largest city of Colombia, administered as the Capital District, although often erroneously thought of as part of Cundinamarca. Bogotá is a territorial entity of the first order, with the same administrative status as the departments of Colombia. It is the political, economic, administrative and industrial center of the country. (Source)
  • The population of Bogota Colombia is 7.18 million.
  • The name ‘Bogota’ means ‘Lady of the Shining Mountain’.
  • Bogota is located in the center of Colombia on a high plateau known as the Bogotá savanna.
  • Bogota is in the Andes Mountains at an elevation of 2,640 metres (8,660 ft) above sea level.
  • Bogota Colombia has a relatively cool climate that is consistent throughout the year.
  • The city’s airport, El Dorado International Airport, is named after the mythical El Dorado. The airport handles the largest cargo volume in Latin America, and is third in number of people.
  • Because of its strong financial center, Bogota Colombia is considered a global city.
  • The beginnings of modern-day Colombia, quote: From 1533, a belief persisted that the Río Grande de la Magdalena was the trail to the legendary El Dorado. Such was the target of Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, the Granadanian conquistador who left Santa Marta on 6 April 1536 with 800 soldiers, heading towards the interior of current Colombia. (Source)
  • Bogota has 20 localities, or districts, forming an extensive network of neighborhoods.
  • Bogota Colombia has worked hard to change its image as one of the most violent cities in the world. With steady effort and an integrated security policy known as “Comunidad Segura”, the city has been successful in reducing murder rates and making the city safe.
  • Bogota is home to over 1400 multinational companies and is considered important to the global economy.
  • With an extensive educational system of primary and secondary schools as well as colleges, Bogota is known as ‘the Athens of South America’.

  * * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Smita D.!!!

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

August Winners: Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.) 

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My Latest Release ~ A Hunky Wolf and a Feisty Fae Find ‘Happily Ever After’ in SAPPHIRE FLAME, book #7 of the Flame Series…a total standalone story!

SAPPHIRE FLAME Buy Links! 

Amazon US // Amazon CA // Amazon UK// Amazon AUS // Barnes & Noble // Kobo // iBooks

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 * * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Smita D.!!!

August Winners: Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, August 28, 2019! On Thursday, August 29th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

* * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Smita D.!!!

To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Bogota Colombia. Have you ever visited this part of the world? Which Photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!

Tanzania

Tanzania

With the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, and 38% of the land given to parks, reserves and conservation areas, Tanzania is a perfect place to enjoy the African experience. Tanzania has the largest concentration of animals per square kilometer in the world. It has a variety of elevations and climates including a central plain, mountains in the northeast and tropical islands. The famous Serengeti is in Tanzania and hosts the second largest mammal migration in the world, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Tanzania is home to some of the earliest hominid settlements on the planet. The archaeological evidence from this region indicates all mankind came from Africa. Zanzibar, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is part of Tanzania and is one of the most visited places in Africa. Freddie Mercury of the band, ‘Queen’, came from Zanzibar.

Tanzania Videos: Here’s a wonderful 4-minute video of a trip through Tanzania. This 3-minute video presents more facts about Tanzania.

FunFacts about Tanzania: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It borders Uganda to the north; Kenya to the northeast; Comoro Islands at the Indian Ocean to the east; Mozambique and Malawi to the south; Zambia to the southwest; and Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in north-eastern Tanzania. (Source)
  • Important hominid fossils have been found in Tanzania, such as 6 million year-old Pliocene hominid fossils. Quote: the Hadzabe, appears to have originated in Tanzania, and their oral history recalls ancestors who were tall and were the first to use fire, medicine, and lived in caves, much like Homo erectus or Homo heidelbergensis who lived in the same region before them. (Source)
  • Both the British and the Germans ruled in this region. Tanzania gained its independence and was officially formed in April 1964.
  • The population of Tanzania is 55 million.
  • The capital of Tanzania is Dodoma.
  • In the northeast, Tanzania is mountainous and densely forested. Mount Kilimanjaro is located in this area. Central Tanzania is a large plateau, with plains and arable land. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the Zanzibar Archipelago just offshore.
  • Three of Africa’s Great Lakes lie partially in Tanzania.
  • Over 100 languages are spoken in Tanzania. 10% of Tanzanians speak Swahili as a first language. English is used in diplomacy, foreign trade and some parts of Tanzanian education.
  • The climate in Tanzania varies considerably depending on location: mountains, plains, coastal areas and islands.
  • 38% of Tanzania’s land is set aside for conservation.
  • Tanzania has 16 national parks, including Gombe Stream National Park which is the site of Jane Goodall‘s ongoing study of chimpanzees.

 * * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Bobbie B.!!!

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

August Winners: Mary P., Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.)  

I hope you enjoyed these photos. Be sure to keep scrolling to leave a comment for the weekly prize draw. Details below!

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For more about my books, check out my ‘List of Caris Roane Books‘ page!

My Latest Release ~ A Hunky Wolf and a Feisty Fae Find ‘Happily Ever After’ in SAPPHIRE FLAME, book #7 of the Flame Series…a total standalone story!

SAPPHIRE FLAME Buy Links! 

Amazon US // Amazon CA // Amazon UK// Amazon AUS // Barnes & Noble // Kobo // iBooks

~ ~ ~   ~ ~ ~   ~ ~ ~

~ ~ ~   ~ ~ ~

 * * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Bobbie B.!!!

August Winners: Mary P., Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on every Caris Roane blog, Monday thru Wednesday this week, to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, August 21, 2019! On Thursday, August 22nd, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

* * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Bobbie B.!!!

To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Tanzania. Have you ever visited Africa? Which Photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!