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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 Autumn, 2002 issue of Mysterious World, we are pleased to present the first in a two-part series on Iowa's little known but important Effigy Mounds. Iowa's Effigy Mounds are actually claimed by three different states, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, but the bulk of the remaining mounds, many of which have been destroyed by farming, remain on the Iowa side of the tri-state border. The mounds are called "effigy mounds" because they were built in the shape of a variety of animals, most notably bears and birds. These animal mounds, carefully arranged on the tops of the magnificent rolling hills of northeastern Iowa, may contain clues regarding the religious beliefs of America's ancient inhabitants, which we examine in part one of Effigy Mounds.

Our second offering this quarter is Part III 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, Scotland. In Part II, we investigated "Champ" of Lake Champlain, New York. In our third installment, we will examine another of North America's famous lake monsters, Ogopogo of Lake Okanagan, in British Columbia, Canada. Just across the bay from Seattle, Washington, one of the haunts of the fabulous Thunderbird, Ogopogo displays an uncanny similarity to both Nessie and Champ, both in appearance and in habitat. Though lake and sea monsters have been sighted all around the world, Ogopogo, like Champ and Nessie, has been sighted more than most, earning it a place in the hall of fame as one of the three most famous sea serpents in the world. So, please settle in and enjoy our third installment of Mysterious Sea Serpents.

Finally, we are proud to present you Part III in our series of stories on the Legend of Atlantis. In Part I of our four-part series, we reviewed Plato's account of the destruction of Atlantis, including its location, political situation, and destruction. In Part II, we looked at the destruction of Atlantis in the context of the antediluvian world in which, many believe, Atlantis played a pivotal role, using both Plato and the Bible as primary reference material. In Part III, we will examine the legend of Atlantis in the context of the visions of Edgar Cayce, the "American prophet" famous for his uncanny ability to not only heal, but also to view the past and prophesy the future. Cayce's visions, in the context established by Plato's writings and the Bible, may give us unique insights into the antediluvian world — assuming of course that Cayce's visions were accurate.

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
November 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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