Parallel Worlds

[two pro travel journalists turn amateur bloggers]

An Easter for travellers

[words Narina Exelby, photograph © Steve Davey, The WideAngle]

This weekend, millions and millions of people around the world are celebrating Easter in a way that’s appropriate to their belief or family tradition. Here in our corner of cyberspace, we’re marking these days in the way we know best: with a photograph. Any idea why we chose this one? What you’re looking at are some of the most famous sculptures in the world, found on a Pacific Ocean island called Rapa Nui. It’s some 3,500km west of Chile, almost at the same latitude as Santiago, and is the most remote inhabited piece of land on the planet. Still wondering why we’ve chosen this particular image for this weekend? You’re likely to know the triangular volcanic island by its English name: Easter Island, so named by Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who landed there on Easter Sunday in 1722. Ah – now it makes sense, doesn’t it? However you celebrate this weekend – whether you visit a place of worship, indulge in far too much chocolate, gather with family and friends, explore somewhere new, or let it pass as a regular weekend – may it be a good one.

The island’s history is fascinating, and there’s a lot of mystery surrounding the “Easter Island heads”, which were sculpted from solidified volcanic ash. You can read more about Easter Island’s history and sculptures here.

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One comment on “An Easter for travellers

  1. Mark Eveleigh
    April 9, 2012

    A typically stylishly-written post by Narina there and a wonderful image – perhaps the best I’ve seen of Easter Island – from Steve Davey. Good to see a photographer who knows when and how to break the rules and is not afraid to do so. Rules are there to be broken: that’s the rule of creativity.
    – ME

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