Into the Forest

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

John Muir

There was once an ancient forest with a tall tower hidden within its heart. The legend says, a fair maiden was trapped in the tower and only a man with a brave, pure heart could save her.

That was at least the very first version of the legend, known among people when the forest was still young, so many years ago. The newest one is quite different.

There was once an ancient forest, which was eating people. The fair maiden was leading them into the tower hidden within its heart. And they kept disappearing there, never to come back.

The Giant Lanterns of China, Edinburgh Zoo

Chinese Lanterns in Edinburgh. Myths & legends

“Me fellow travellers, good evening. Welcome to a magical land, a world of myths and legends, of adventure and fantasy.”

We’re about to meet fantastic creatures and learn some whimsical stories straight out of a different realm. Are you ready to go with me?

The Giant Lanterns of China is a regular display in Edibnurgh Zoo, taking place every winter (from the middle of November till the middle of February). There are over 400 lanterns, lighting a magical trail through the Zoo. I was lucky to take part in the event this week and it was more amazing than I expected!

The Bluebell Fairy

“I’ll wait for you under the bluebells. I’ll be there always.”

Kim Harrison

Once upon a time in an old, forgotten cemetery lived a little bluebell fairy who was very lonely. As all her sisters, she was waking up only for few spring weeks every year, to take care of blooming flowers and paint them in the most enchanting colours.

Victorian Snow White at Liberton Kirk

“Her skin was white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony.”

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Snow White

A classic story about beauty and monstrosity, kindness and jealousy, innocence and hatred

A story about the girl with pure heart and her cruel stepmother, who couldn’t bear being worse in any way. We all know that story, of course. But what if it was totally different?