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Home for the Holidays

This is the 5-story, 20-room Montezuma Castle in Camp Verde, Arizona,
home to the cliff-dwelling Southern Sinagua farmers in the 1100s CE.

Imagine going there for Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to one and all!

Home for the Holidays

This is the 5-story, 20-room Montezuma Castle in Camp Verde, Arizona,
home to the cliff-dwelling Southern Sinagua farmers in the 1100s CE.

Imagine going there for Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to one and all!

comments (48)

  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 25 Dec 2008, 00:33
Merry Christmas
Ginnie Hart: The same to you, kind sir.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 25 Dec 2008, 01:08
Amazing! Reminds me a bit of the caves in Petra. Absolutely wonderful! Wishing you a merry..merry!!!
Ginnie Hart: Now THAT is something I'd like to see some day, Marcie! Petra! Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 25 Dec 2008, 01:17
Amazing place to live, oh my!

Have a lovely Christmas Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I'm still trying to imagine what it would be like to live there, Ellie. smile Merry Christmas to you and yours.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 25 Dec 2008, 03:26
Beautiful structure shown here. Looking at different photoblogs of different places make me want to go there! Merry CHristmas to you Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: It definitely is something "different," Liang. smile Merry Christmas to you and yours.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 Dec 2008, 06:06
Love it merry Christmas to you and your loved one Ginny
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.
Sorry Ginnie but I couldn't resist!!

Montezuma's revenge


The diarrhea (also spelled diarrhoea) that is suffered by tourists when travelling to foreign parts, in this case Mexico.


Montezuma was Emperor of Mexico, 1502-20. The sickness, more formally called "traveller's diarrhea", is usually caused by drinking unsterilised water or eating spicy food that visitors aren't accustomed to. It is a bacteriological illness, always uncomfortable, and occasionally serious. Most cases are caused by the enterotoxigenic E. coli bacterium.

The revenge element of the phrase alludes to countries that were previously colonized by stronger countries and are now, in this small way, getting their own back.

Names for it vary depending on the part of the world concerned. These usually have comic names, which reflect the embarrassment felt by the sufferer and the amusement in the lucky non-sufferers. Montezuma's Revenge is also known as the Gringo Gallop and the Aztec Two-step.

Those unlucky enough to suffer from it in Asia will hear it called Ghandi's Revenge, Gyppy Tummy, Delhi Belly, the Rangoon Runs, Tokyo Trots etc.

Gyppy Tummy goes back to at least the Second World War, but Montezuma's Revenge isn't particularly old. The earliest citation of it in print is from The Washington Post, January 1960:

"‘Wasn't there anything you didn't like?’ and they admit that, like most Americans, they suffered a three-day gastric upset described by a variety of names, names like the Gringo Gallop and Montezuma's Revenge.
Ginnie Hart: I should have known it would be YOU, Bill, who would bring this up. grin Thanks for the reminder. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Dec 2008, 08:08
Vrolijk Kerstfeest, mijn lieve vriend, wonderful picture (....as usual.....wink)
It is not important where the 'home' is, as long as the Spirit is good.
Ik denk aan je.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, MLS. Home is where the heart is! And my spirit is alive and well. Vrolijk Kerstfeest aan jou en J&J.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Dec 2008, 08:27
Ubi bene, ubi patria/ Where I'm well, there is my home! An impressive rocky region and an imposant castle with a long, long history (yes, LOL at Bill too)- oh, there may be a feeling how relative all things might be, how little we are and how short our life is! And we have to enjoy each day as if it were the last one I yesterday read- so let's us celebrate these Christmas days- they may be very happy for yourself ...I think you feel what I would like to add ...
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Philine. Home is where the heart is and my heart is alive and well. Ontzettend bedankt! Vrolijk Kerstfeest aan jou!
A bit spartan for me Ginnie: especially today!
Ginnie Hart: But it would keep you high and dry, Chris. What else could you wish for??? smile Vrolijk Kerstfeest!
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Dec 2008, 09:47
A very desirable residence Ginnie, well caught.

have a happy christmas.
Ginnie Hart: It would definitely have its pluses, Les. smile Merry Christmas to you and yours.
  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 25 Dec 2008, 10:10
merry Christmas ginnie!

strong textures
Ginnie Hart: Merry Christmas to you and yours, DrAW!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Dec 2008, 10:11
I wouldn't mind if they had hot and cold running water! Spendid picture. Have a wonderful Christmas Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Agreed, Ingrid. However, I do know how to heat up the water, so even that would be okay. smile Merry Christmas to you and yours!
  • Chris
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Dec 2008, 10:18
I would'nt want to fall out of bed at night there!!! wink

Wishing you a very merry Christmas Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're so right, Chris. Thanks for stopping by again. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
  • fotografa
  • London - Hoping 4 better weather today
  • 25 Dec 2008, 10:19
Even with the harsh lighting, love how you've managed to capture texture and detail. Living there during the winter months would be horrible smile

Merry xmas and the very best of the festive season.
Ginnie Hart: This was taken at the end of November, Fotografa, and it was lovely temperature. If it didn't get much worse than that, I think I could handle it! smile Merry Christmas to you and yours.
I like this photo, Ginnie. It seems that the rocks are going to crumble by the great clearness that you have obtained. Good work

Merry Christmas!
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, querida Jose Angel! Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Or imagine Santa trying to land.
Have a merry Christmas, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You got me, Mary. I never once thought of that till you mentioned it. grin Thanks for the smile. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
What an amazing building, Santa would have a job getting in there. Enjoy your Christmas Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Brian, but where there's a will, there's a way! smile Merry Christmas to you and yours.
A very merry Xmas, Ginnie!
A great photo of a remarkable place.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merry Christmas to you and Irmgard!
  • Tracy
  • Staffs England
  • 25 Dec 2008, 12:06
Home is were the heart is Musketeersmile
Where ever that may be!!
Love the post.
Have a wonderful day mijn vriend xxxxx
Ginnie Hart: You are so very right, Musketeer. And on this day my heart is full of peace and joy...even though "home alone." Alone but not lonely! smile Merry Christmas to you and yours, lieve vriend.
A stunning, pristine photograph of immense beauty and detail.

Have a wonderful day, Ginnie and thanks for sharing such incredible images
Ginnie Hart: You are so welcome, Paul. The same to you!
  • namaki
  • Switzerland
  • 25 Dec 2008, 15:23
what an unusual Christmas scene indedd !!...
Ginnie Hart: I guess you can say I made it a Christmas scene, Namaki. smile Merci.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 25 Dec 2008, 18:52
I feel like I am there already. Here's hoping you and your loved ones are having a fine Christmas.
Ginnie Hart: Peace in my Hart & Soul, Larry. That's what it's all about. Thanks.
  • pixelpixie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Dec 2008, 22:05
Is that the Mesa Verde? Visited there a very long time ago. Amazing villages. Those people didn't live long back then - old age was something like 35 if I remember correctly.

Happy Christmas Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I'm not sure, Jose Ann...50 miles south of Flagstaff through the Oak Creek Canyon and near Camp Verde. Mesa Verde may be right? Whatever/wherever, it sure was beautiful to see. Thanks. I worked with indigenous indians in Peru back in 1969 and they were lucky to live to 35, so I can imagine!
Beautiful shot and Happy Holidays Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ade. The same to you and yours.
  • blackdog
  • The White Room
  • 25 Dec 2008, 23:44
Astonishing it looks like a moorish perched village from Southern Europe around the same period!

Merry Christmas ;o)
Ginnie Hart: In the end, we all come back to each other full circle, Mike! smile
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2009. May the Light be with you for the whole new year! ;p)
Ginnie Hart: What a delightful way of seeing the new year, Miro. Thank you.
  • Ada
  • United States
  • 26 Dec 2008, 01:52
Ginnie Hart: Thank you. smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 26 Dec 2008, 01:57
Looks like an amazing place.
Ginnie Hart: I just wish we could have climbed up to see inside!! smile Thanks, Sherri.
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 26 Dec 2008, 03:12
ooh! now this is what i call a 'hole in the wall' kind of place.. grin great capture.. smile have a merry christmas too! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You have given me a nice laugh for today, Rian. grin Thanks.
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 26 Dec 2008, 05:14
great shot Ginnie and a Merry Christmas to you too. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Claire.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 26 Dec 2008, 08:47
So well composed .. this capture bears an unmistakable handwriting ... I'M FROM GINNIE .. GREAT!!
Ginnie Hart: Awwwww. Your flattery does get you everywhere, dear Klaus. smile
Amzing foto Ginnie. Merry Christmas, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: The same to you, Bram. Thanks.
  • ceanothe
  • United States
  • 26 Dec 2008, 09:48
Une solide demeure, quel beau cliché !
Ginnie Hart: The "remains of the dead" never looked so good, Ceanothe. smile Merci.
This is intereting, Ginnie, Ihave not seen it before.
Ginnie Hart: I didn't even know it existed, Chad, before that trip. Thanks for stopping by. I trust you are having a peaceful holiday!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Dec 2008, 11:19
I studied about these guys in anthropology and again when doing dating techniques in archeology. I can not remember all the details, but there were some bloodthirsty nomad types that sometimes visited. Planting and tending in the valley, sleeping where it is safer; and use the place as a fortress when under attack.

They were quite technical if you would compare these building techniques with others (teepees) of ancient america. The dating techniques have to do with the wood that they used as structure frame before filling it up with clay. The wood did get to be preserved very well in that way. Their growth rings then formed the basis of artifact dating.

By now you will have had a great christmas - all the best for you and Donica on Recovery Day.
Ginnie Hart: I was actually "home alone" for the day...and today, Louis, and have enjoyed the quietness of my hart & soul. I love the added detail you have provided us. It makes sense.
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 26 Dec 2008, 13:20
I want to go there! Marvelous shot! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I wish for you to see it yourself one day, Jennie...but not during the heat of the summer. Thanksgiving weekend was perfect weather! Thanks.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 26 Dec 2008, 15:41
That is really something! Merry Christmas to you as well, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: It's hard to believe people actually lived like this, Martie...even here in the States! It IS something! Thanks.
  • Argos
  • United States
  • 27 Dec 2008, 05:21
Fantastic capture, I've never been by when the sky was this blue. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Argos, for stopping by and commenting. The sky was even bluer before I played around with it. smile
  • vera
  • iran
  • 27 Dec 2008, 12:32
and ths vulturs for friends! what a amazing architecture!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, you're probably right about the vultures, Vera. sad
a belated Merry Christmas to you! Christmas in Arizona seems to be quite different to Holidays in the snow...
Ginnie Hart: A belated Merry Christmas to you, too, RS. We were here at this place only a month ago, where it is much "tamer" for winter, for sure. I actually like the snow, however, and hope to see a lot of it next week while in Michigan, the state of my youth.
  • NarB
  • Belgium
  • 27 Dec 2008, 15:14
Merry christmas for you and yours and thank you for this light.
Ginnie Hart: You are so welcome, NarB! Have a great weekend.
Merry Xmas to you and all those you love !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, kind sir!
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 28 Dec 2008, 02:12
Impressive architecture !
Ginnie Hart: It's hard to imagine what it would be like to actually live there, Carsten!!
I'm wondering how the inhabitants got to their dwelling place...perhaps they were the Bird People? I'm assuming you took this from the neighbor's window across the way, the one with the nice pathway to the front door. Or were you in a tourist's sight-seeing plane?
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like that, Patrushka...Bird People. smile I like your imagination in your comment. I can just see a neighboring young man making his first drive-over for a date!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Jan 2009, 15:45
I love it, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • rags
  • United States
  • 7 Jan 2009, 08:42
It really would be cool to spend Christmas there.
Ginnie Hart: I think so, too, Kanyi! BTW, I just tried to go to your site and it wasn't working. I'll try again. Hope you're off to a good start this new year!
  • jamoula McKean
  • Australia
  • 26 Jan 2009, 01:31
I agree with Marcie... it is like Petra but not the colour. Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Now Petra is a place I would love to see, especially after seeing THIS spot, Jamoula! Thanks for stopping by!
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2009, 00:26
I missed seeing this one. Your picture is the best I've seen of this monument. In fact, I think it looks better than the real thing! smile Well done.
Ginnie Hart: You sure know how to make my day, Kay! I'm blushing. smile

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