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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #1

Camelot in Jerusalem!

Our Camelot Where You Are photo contest begins with a flourish from Dina, of Jerusalem Hills Daily Photo.

Chivalric remnants can be found all around Dina's area, what with the Crusaders having charged through some years ago. Dina works on archaeological digs and knows all about these things. She told me that just this year, a Crusader horseshoe and its nails were discovered on the Temple Mount, and she got to see these items at the City of David annual archaeological conference.

The statue in Dina's photo stands outside the Tower of David Museum of Jerusalem History, and is one of a pair Dina posted about in 2008.

Thanks for your entry, Dina! And thanks for kicking off the contest so grandly.

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Stay tuned! This weekend we'll all vote for this week's favorite entry. Each weekly winner gets a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication in October. Publication day is the final day for entries.

I'm excited about the Camelot Where You Are photo contest. It's easy to enter and anyone can do it. I'll accept entries until the day the book is published, which should be in early to mid-October. So send them in! Entry details are here.

Want to win more books? PDP guest author and friend Margaret Finnegan is having a Goodreads Giveaway of an autographed copy of The Goddess Lounge!

29 comments:

John Sandel said...

Wow! I guess Jerusalem knows from men in armor, riding uninvited through the city gates …

Dina said...

John, how right you are.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

@Petrea: saw your comment on that door ( of your last post) can't believe its the math dept...lol... btw love the statue! wish we had something like that in my area.

Adele said...

So impressive!

Petrea Burchard said...

Jerusalem has seen amazing history indeed, and continues to do so, right, Dina? Thanks for your contribution. I hope people check the links. This statue looks good with its mate.

KBF, James and I were joking, Yesterday's photo wasn't taken at Caltech! I can't speak to how the bathroom doors are labeled at the math department, though.

dive said...

This must be a Crusader; only an Englishman would wear woolly socks and leggings to visit Jerusalem.

LOLfromPasa said...

So interesting. Not only the photograph but the story behind it.

Dina said...

Dive, you're right, it's an English Crusader. In fact, it is Richard the Lionhearted.
In the linked photo, you can see Richard I is face to face with Saladin.

Petrea, yes, the history of Jerusalem continues to be amazing. Sometimes I'd prefer it to be a bit boring.

Petrea Burchard said...

Dive, I must be an Englishman by heart, I'm always cold.

LOL is right, read the links! Dina always provides great information with her posts.

I know you love it there, Dina. I suppose the volatility of the place has to do with how so many different people are passionate about it for so many different reasons.

John Sandel said...

Wasn't Richard ransomed, going to or fro Jerusalem? Languished in a tower somewhere, din't'e? Or am I thinking of BIlly the Conqueror?

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Sorry. Coffee + Blogger don't mix …

Green said...

Thank you Petrea. I follow your posts on Facebook. Keep up the good work with your writings.

Petrea Burchard said...

JS, it looks like Richard was imprisoned twice and ransomed at least once. The Wikipedia article is interesting.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_I_of_England

Richard, it must be said, was not exactly the nicest guy ever.

Hi Green! Thank you, it's nice to know that. (I follow your posts, too!)

Katie said...

Great photo! I would love to visit the Tower museum someday. Such history!

Margaret said...

Oh! I want to win. I am thinking hard!

Ms M said...

Dina's photo is a great start to your contest! This ancient city has such a fascinating history.

I'm still looking around here for anything Camelot-ish. We used to have a Round Table Pizza place, but it was bought out years ago.

Petrea Burchard said...

Katie, the Tower of David Museum and Jerusalem are on my list, too. What a place.

Don't think too hard, Margaret, just keep your camera with you and your eyes open.

You too, Ms. M! Surely Boise is loaded with Camelot, although it's ages since I've been there so I can't promise.

Perhaps tomorrow's photo will inspire you to look in places you hadn't thought of before.

TheChieftess said...

Well darn...Dina has all the luck to be in an ancient city with all kinds of history at her fingertips!!! Darn, darn, darn...thinking cap on...and cinched a little tighter...or maybe I should loosen it!!!

(Nice entry Dina...darn, darn, darn!!!!)

dive said...

Loved Dina's post, Petrea. So odd to see the two of them facing off in a lovely, lush piece of garden.
I just read Amin Maalouf's "The Crusades Through Arab Eyes" which was a refreshing eye-opener.

Petrea Burchard said...

Chieftess, when you see today's post you'll get an idea of how many versions of Camelot there can be. Don't cinch your cap too tight! Ouch!

Dive, that sounds like something I'd enjoy reading if I ever get through the pile of fiction on the nightstand.

Dina said...

Thanks for telling about that book. I started reading the sample papes of "The Crusades Through Arab Eyes." So much to learn . . .

LONDONLULU said...

That is an amazing photograph and story, love learning those kinds of things!

Petrea Burchard said...

I have a few books on the Crusades but have only read one. There's much to learn, as you say, Dina. What a weird time.

What a great start to the contest, eh, Lulu?

Susan Campisi said...

It's all already been said: very impressive! Great start to the contest. I need to put my thinking cap on too. Not too tightly.

Petrea Burchard said...

Today's entry is from Altadena, Susan! Once I let myself see it, I realized we are still enamored of castles and kings and chivalry, and it remains part of our culture.

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

This statue looks very beautiful to me. Petrea, interesting contest!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Valladolid! I hope you'll enter a picture.