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elcome to Mysterious World® , your online guide to exotic travel destinations around the world! Mysterious World is a quarterly online journal dedicated to exploring ancient and exotic locales around the world, providing you with the information you need to truly appreciate what they have to offer. Mysterious World provides you with the historical, archaeological, and travel information, as well as biographical information about famous people and artifacts related to these famous locales. Whether you are planning that dream trip to Egypt, or you are looking for an interesting nearby destination for a simple day trip, or overnight excursion, Mysterious World covers it all.

In our Summer, 2002 issue of Mysterious World, we will revisit America's lonely mountain, Mount Shasta. More than just a tourist destination, Mt. Shasta has an ancient past probably more exotic than any other mountain in the world. Believed by some to be the gateway to a vast underground world, Shasta has variously been the home to every imaginable type of creature, from secretive, bell-ringing dwarves to a race of giant, ethereal humanoids that come and go at will. Shasta and its environs are also believed to be a home for Bigfoot, flying saucers, elves, fairies and just about every paranormal creature imaginable. The rich history and lore of the area is enough for a lifetime of research, but we will try to cover the highlights in Part II of Shasta Secrets.

Our second offering this quarter is Part II in our four-part series investigating the mysterious, worldwide phenomenon of sea serpents. In Part I, we investigated man's historical fascination with sea serpents, and focused on the most famous of the so-called "lake monsters", Nessie of Loch Ness. In Part II, we will investigate one of America's (and Canada's) most famous lake monsters, "Champ" of Lake Champlain, New York. Champ, like Nessie, has a long history, dating back some 400 years to the French explorer Samuel De Champlain, who first discovered the lake. The legend goes back even further if you count the even older Native American legends of a creature lurking in Champlain's deep, muddy waters. Lake Champlain's length, width and depth even approximate that of Loch Ness in Scotland, and both were created some 10,000 years ago, deepening the mystery even further. So, please settle in and enjoy our second installment of Mysterious Sea Serpents.

Finally, we reach Part II in our series of stories on the Legend of Atlantis. In Part II of our four-part series, we will look at Plato's description of the land of Atlantis itself — how the people of Atlantis ate, drank, worked, worshiped, loved, and lived — before the island was destroyed. From this information, we will try to gain insight on why its destruction took place. Was it purely a result of natural causes, or were more sinister forces at work on the island that inevitably led to its destruction? We will do an in-depth analysis of Plato's writings on the subject, including both what he did — and did not — mention in his Dialogues.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions as to what sorts of information you need to make your travel plans complete, please e-mail me at

Bon Voyage,

Doug Elwell
President and Publisher
Mysterious World
August 15, 2002

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The English Experience: Arthurian Legends Tour

ancy a week of total immersion in the Legends of King Arthur and his court? With The English Experience, a tour company based in the historic South West of England, you visit major historic sites, learn of ancient crafts and live life as it was in ancient times in the all-inclusive, non-stop action-packed week of Arthurian merriment!

From the moment you step on the coach, mead in hand, to the Farewell Arthurian Banquet, you're transported back to the time of Legends. Stonehenge, Tintagel, Winchester, the Isle of Avalon - see them all and more!

Your experience kicks off with a visit to the awe-inspiring Stonehenge, a site used by the druids from the dawn of time. Then the tour moves on to the mysterious cliff top ruin of Tintagel, birthplace of King Arthur, and then Dosemary Pool, where you just might glimpse the Lady of the Lake, waiting for Arthur to reclaim the mighty Excalibur.

At Winchester, capital of Wessex and the centre of English history for centuries, the highlight of this day will be seeing the world famous Round Table in the Great Hall, but you will also be able to take in a tour of the magnificent Cathedral, cradle of Christianity for 900 years.

Immerse yourself in the mysticism of the Isle of Avalon. As well as learning of the lore of crystals and divination, you will tour Glastonbury Abbey and the holy thorn, with its legends of Joseph of Arimathea. Climb up the Tor, along the ancient labyrinth reputed to be the entrance to the Underworld, and thought to be the site of King Arthur's death. Will YOU be able to draw the sword from the stone?

"It will be the best week you ever have!!" said Lucy Bennett, Tour Company Director. "Let our full-time Merlin guide you through King Arthur's days. Character guides bring our locations to life, whilst evenings are jam-packed with movies, talks and demonstrations: learn about cooking authentic fayre, get involved with the use and abuse of some armoury and let our alchemist mix you up a love potion!

"And let's not forget the feasting and the mead! We encourage all of our guests to dress up at our banquets, but feel free to arrive at the airport in full attire - we will be!"

Guests stay in a luxury country manor house, deep in the heart of Wessex. All accommodation, food, excursions, guides, airport transfers and banquets are included in the price. All you have to do is lay back and think of England!

Go to and let your journey begin!

For further information:
Lucy Bennett
The English Experience
4, Nether Cerne
Tel: 0044 (0) 1300 341929
Fax: 0044 (0) 1300 341275

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