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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHSRIDGE HERALD Friday, 13, 1974 Balancing rocks part of dramatic landscape SALISBURY, Rhodesia (CP) The balancing rocks that feature so much of Rhodesia give the impression of having been placed there by man. But nature is responsible for the geographic feature which is part of this country's tourist attraction. Every year thousands of people view the balancing rocks which are found just about everywhere in the country. The granite hills here form part of the earth's earliest geological system. Once hidden beneath the softer sur- face rocks, countless cen- turies of the erosive forces of. wind, sun and rain have expos- ed these ancient stones, and worn them in turn into dramatic landscapes that attract even Rhodesians. Natural faults in the struc- ture have determined the two main formations here. The great "whale back" bare domes are formed by the granite peeling, rather like an onion skin, sometimes leaving huge boulders isolated on the smooth tops of the hills. The spectacular balancing rock formations are caused by lines of weakness that run vertically and horizontally, dividing the rocks into blocks, which sometimes rise precariously for more than 100 feet. Many of the mountains and great rock piles have myths and fables of various African tribes associated with them. In Matabeleland many of these hills are called "Intaba- hill which is not pointed Some say the hills are the homes of great spirits. Tribal ancestors may haunt their heights or the shade of some evil thing which escaped from man whirls around the rocky faces. But for the modern-day tourist the balancing rocks are a sure-fire attraction that soon has cameras clicking. Some seem so precariously balanced that only a puff of wind could topple them. That some fall there is no doubt. The erosion of time topples them, but at the same time works on the delicate balancing of others. Some fine examples of the balancing rocks can be found in the Rhodes- Matopos National Park where the country's founder, Cecil Rhodes, is buried. The numerous caves and shelters formed by the rock formations were the homes of the now-extinct bushmen. They left behind them some fine examples of their rock paintings in the caves and on protected rock faces. Some of these paintings date back 000 years. HELP FROM LABATT LONDON, Ont. (CP) La- batt Breweries of Canada Ltd. has agreed to provide finan- cial and active support to Shinerama, the project that saw students raise this year for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by shining shoes. FARM RANCH TOUR FEBRUARY 4th-22nd, 1975 Excellent tour, full sightseeing plus visits to working cattle and grain ranches, fully escorted by Dr. Lavon Sumption, consultant in animal husbandry, former university pro- fessor, owns cattle and is personally in- terested, limited to 25 people, already two thirds sold. Contact immediately. ANDERSON-ELERDING TRAVEL SERVICE INC. 309 1st Ave. No. P.O. Box 2185 Great Falls, Montana Phone 406 761 0700 CHARTERS to Europe Register now for our frequent departures. Lowest Possible Prices. THOMAS 309 5 St. S. World Travel Service Over 500 Offices To Serve You Phone 329-3336 Long slope A lone skier angles down a powdery slope on bragging about their long slopes and soul-satisfying Big Mountain near Whitefish in the northwestern thrills for those who love to ski good powder, reaches of Montana. Our neighbors to the south are Ancient Incan capital has broad spectrum of history YAMAHA ORGANS New and Used I COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 I A VOLVO DISCOVERY: RAIN FALLS ON REARWINDOWSJOO Volvo was the first wagon with the foresight to provide its rear window with a wiper and washer as standard equipment. But our vision extends beyond that. We designed the Volvo wagon to be high instead of long. So you can haul a lot more cargo without hauling around a lot more car. Our cargo area holds 67 cubic feet of groceries. Enough to fill four large refrigerators. Yet this big car parks in the same space as a Volvo sedan. (For extra tight spaces, Volvo does you another good turn. Power-assisted steering is standard.) Volvo's rear area not only holds a lot, it comes with a lot. It has its own heating and ventilation vents, its own three-point seat belts, electric rear window defogger, carpeting, tinted glass and childproof door locks. And when you load it up, the back door swings up to give shelter from the elements. When it comes to intelligent design, many people think the Volvo wagon is miles ahead. Which is not surprising, when you consider "VOUVO all the thinking behind it. The wagon for people who think By PETER STRAFFORD The London Times Cuzco, the old Inca capital high up in the Peruvian Andes, is not a place that many peo- ple will ever get to see. But it is worth a very special effort, not only for what is left there of the Inca civilization, but also for the churches and town houses of the Spanish colonial period, and the soaring beauty of the peaks and valleys of the Andes. Cuzco itself still bears the mark of the Conquistadores and their successors, who tore down most of the buildings of the Incas and built a Spanish i City. But up above it are the ruins of the grim fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built by the I Incas of huge blocks of black granite, carefully fitted together. And trips can be made to the many Inca sites in i the area, including Machu I Picchu, the "Lost City of the discovered in 1911. Cuzco is some feet up, f and people who arrive there from the lowlands are faced with an important choice. Either they are sensible, in j which case they go and lie down for some time when they i arrive, and take things easy for some time after that; or else, like me, they are deter- i mined to see as much as they can as soon as they can, and risk suffering for it. i Cuzco is a quiet and un- congested city which, apart from the tourists, seems hard- ly to belong to this century. It hs paved streets, many of them extremely narrow, and some of them no more than flights of shallow steps which climb a slope between simple, whitewashed houses. Several of the streets are lined with walls that were originally built by the Incas and have been incorporated into the foundations of houses built later. These are the characteristic Inca walls, con- sisting of large, irregular blocks of granite that dovetail exactly into one another without a drop of cement, giv- ing the impression of a giant jigsaw puzzle. They have stood for several centuries, and look certain to stand for several more. The centre of Cuzco is the Plaza de Arms, a large and definitely Spanish square dominated by two superb ecclesiastical buildings, the cathedral and its one time rival, the Jesuit church. Both have finely carved and proportioned facades in the sand colored stone of Cuzco, and they give the square the elegance of old Spain. In front of them are geometrically shaped gardens, and the rest of the square is lined with two storey colonial buildings, with arcades at street level and balconies up above. RUSSIA EXCEPTED With the exception of Russia, no part of the Euro- pean continent is very far from a sea or large body of water. Passport Photos Candid Weddings Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 710 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-0222 FLORIDA DISNEY WORLD, WASHINGTON, D.C. TOUR Washinton, D.C., Cape Kennedy Space centre, Cocoa Beach, Fort Laudniudie, Miami Beach, Nassau in the Bahamas, Walt Disney World, Pensacola, El Paso, Jurarez Mexico, Phoenix, Las Vegas. Jan. 11th, Feb. 24th, March 17th. 24 days as low as 50 by NORTHERN TOURS and Thomas Cook World Travel Service Phone 327-3536, 329-4474 or 329-3336 SHORT STOP AUTO LTD., 538 6th Street South, Lethbridge Phone 328-6586 HAWAII VALENTINE DAY DEPARTURE This year on Valen- tine's -Day don't give her flowers, take her to Hawaii. Depart from Calgary, Feb. 14th, 1975. Return to Calgary Feb. 27th, 1975. 13 nights at the Waikiki Surf Hotel. pirpirson (double occupancy) plus tax PHONE DELOBES 328-7921 For full details contact. A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY 608-Sth South 328-7921 or 328-1181 Ofllcn Monday thru Friday I: JO a.m. to S p.m. Saturday to p.m. EASY PARKING FACILITIES DOWNTOWN! (from Calgary) Sunfltght. Great holidays, great value. Hawaii .'............from 11 nighls 14 nights from S439 via Wardair Mazatlan............from 1 nights. 14_nighlsjrom S349. via Wardair 747_____ Puerto Vallarta.......from 14 nights, breakfast, dinner via PWA_______ San Diego...........from 5 nighls San Diego, 2 nights Anaheim (DisneyJandJ. via PWA___________ California from 7 nights jncljdes car and hotels ma PWA.________ Prices are per person. 2 people per room, include air fare, hotel and other features shown in Sun flight brochure. Service charges, taxes and rnnst meals extra Prices higher for some departures Canada's Number One Contact anyone of accredited Travel AgcnciM P. LAWSON TRAVEL Marquis Hotel Bldg. 328-3000 ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Mill 328-3201 AMA TRAVEL AGENCY 805-Sth S. 328-7921 ;