Tuesday, 14 August 2012
One of the real benefits of the internet is how easy it is to research anything which catches personal interest.
It was in the late 80s I heard about the Altamira Paleolithic cave paintings and nearly 20 years before I managed to view them in their slightly remote location in northern Spain. It was a day I will never forget; not only because of the intriguing and mysterious paintings, but I was astonished I managed to stay in the cave for a few hours rather than the few minutes I expected. Caves aren't comfortable environments for sufferers of claustrophobia but the way in which Altamira was designed for visitors, was way beyond my expectations.
My claustrophobia is mild compared with the severity many others suffer and that day I spoke with a Canadian chap who was obviously struggling to leave the 'security' of the entrance. He was determined to accompany his son (who was in the throes of studying cave paintings and carving) and showed great courage even buying a ticket.
When I read this I thought of the Canadian and his son and wondered if the son had ever heard of Well Cave. I hadn't until now. Parts of Perthshire are famous for Pictish stones but cave carvings are even more exciting.
So Wells Cave in now on my list of 'things to do' and follows closely behind a visit to Dunblane to view Andy Murray's postbox. I'm waiting until I have confirmation that the Royal Mail have repainted it after souvenir hunters chipped off most of the paint in the last fortnight. Maybe they were as frustrated as me with the Royal Mail's service. I ordered some Andy Murray Olympic stamps online the morning after he won his gold medal. The website states delivery will be within 3 to 5 working days. Day six was yesterday and still no sign of the package.