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Who made footprints in the snow?

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A mysterious set of tracks bearing an eerie resemblance to the legendary “Devil’s footprints” which appeared in Devon more than 150 years ago is being investigated.

A pensioner was perplexed to find pointed, hoof-like marks in freshly fallen snow at her home in Woolsery, North Devon, so she called in the experts from the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ). The organisation, based near Bideford, specialises in looking into unexplained sightings.

They quickly recognised that the clearly defined tracks bore striking similarities to those which appeared across South Devon in February 1855.

According to some reports, the so-called Devil’s footprints covered a trail of about 100 miles. The unexplained phenomenon became known as the Great Devon Mystery.

Now it seems the puzzle has been resurrected, after the new tracks appeared on March 5, leaving investigators flummoxed.
Graham Inglis, the biologist who visited the garden, said: “This is certainly a first for me.”

He said it was unusual to get snow in the Westcountry at all, but tracks that appear on white ground look different to those left in mud, because of the different consistency. The tracks crossed the garden before returning in the same direction, before frustratingly disappearing in an area with no snow cover.

Jonathan Downes, who runs the centre, is investigating whether the footprints could have been left by hare or rabbits hopping on their hind legs, perhaps as a combination of both the snow and spring mating hormones. He said: “Thousands of people across the world believe in the paranormal, but so far every single thing we have looked into has turned out to have a natural explanation. I’m sure these will as well.”

He said the Devil’s Footrpint myth emerged at a time when many South Devon parishioners were angry at the clergy for changing the standard prayer book. When the tracks appeared, they blamed vicars for letting the devil in to their communities.

“It was a piece of local politics which had nothing whatsoever to do with the paranormal,” Mr Downes said. Asked if he believes in the paranormal, Mr Downes said: “Do I believe that the Devil comes from the pits of Hell to wander around the gardens of North Devon? Of course not. But if you’re asking if there are things that can’t be explained by modern science, then yes. But human knowledge is expanding all the time. I believe that things that are currently put down to the paranormal will one day be explained by science.”

The CFZ is kept busy in North Devon alone, with sightings of beasts and large cats wandering the moors. But Mr Downes has travelled the world on his investigations, and now boasts 400 members in the organisation.

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paranormal tours mondial:Forks, Washington


Travel to Forks, Washington to see the actual town where author Stephenie Meyer based her Twilight book series. Discover the magic of the rainiest town in the contiguous United States, just like Bella did! Explore the rain forest and beaches and just maybe, catch a glimpse of a vampire or werewolf!

Before the “Twilight” phenomenon, Forks, WA, was a quiet town that blended in with its Pacific Northwest neighbors. But the “Twilight” frenzy continues to keep pace, and the town has responded with plenty of tours of the spots described in the books and movies. There are a number of guided tours, but you can save some money and travel at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Visit the Forks Tourism Office for details on iconic “Twilight” spots around town and then check out to the Forks Community hospital at 530 Bogachiel Way (just don’t take Dr. Cullen’s reserved parking spot) and First Beach in La Push, home of the Quileute Nation and the “Twilight” werewolf community. There’s no shortage of “Twilight” paraphernalia around town as well as signs noting literary landmarks for those who haven’t memorized a map of Bella’s stomping grounds.

paranormal tours mondial:Dracula’s Castle is situated between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, right where you enter Rucar-Bran Pass. It is the same with Bran Castle.

Bran Castle (Commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”  it is marketed as the home of the titular character in Bram Stoker‘s Dracula. There is, however, no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle, which has only tangential associations with Vlad III, voivode of Wallachia, the putative inspiration for Dracula.

The building of Bran Castle started somewhere around the year 1378. The constructors somehow succeeded in combining wood with the rock brought from Magura Branului.

The castle had a protective and commercial purpose. It had two rows of walls closing the passing towards South. They were made in stone and brick. Only few traces of the initial defense position still exist.

The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Tourists can see the interior individually or by a guided tour. At the bottom of the hill is a small open air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country.

Decebal Hotel Ghost

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15/12/2008

A hotel in Romania has become a local attraction after a photograph of a ghost was published by newspapers and television.

The ghost of a tall woman in a long white dress reportedly watches the hallways and staircases of the Decebal hotel, in the Baile Herculane mountain spa.

The 150-year-old hotel is believed to hide ancient Roman treasure under its foundations and the ghost is said by locals to keep treasure hunters away.

The hotel has been closed for renovations for five years but people who have ventured inside claim to have seen – and photographed – the ghost.

Victoria Iovan, 33, from Baile Herculane, said: “I photographed my boyfriend in the hotel. Back home I was shocked to see another woman’s shadow in the picture. She looked like a priestess in long white clothes.”

Another witness, a high school student called Alexandra, said he and six classmates went into the hotel late one evening for fun.

“All of a sudden we felt a cold air and we saw a white silhouette close to us. We couldn’t find our way out because we ran so fast,” he said.

Local authorities have warned people not to go into the hotel because they say it is unsafe because of the building work.submitted by Andrew Marsay

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Paranormal tours of Vampires

Vampire

Vampires are legendary creatures said to subsist by feeding on the life essence of living creatures, generally by drinking their blood. Although typically described as undead, some minor traditions believed in vampires that were living people.
In folkloric tales, vampires often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited when they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance. This is markedly different from modern fictional portrayals of gaunt, pale vampires beginning in the early 19th century. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures, the term vampire was not popularised until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe,[4] although local variants were also known by different names, such as vampir (вампир) in Serbia and Bulgaria, vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.

Forks, Washington

If you’re a fan of the fanged creatures, you know why Forks, Washington makes the list. A small, damp town in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, Forks blew up as a tourist destination after the publication of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. Visitors looking to experience the life of Bella and Edward flock to La Push beach and eat mushroom ravioli at Bella Italia. The Forks Tourism Board has loads of information on Twilight hot spots around town, but you can also grab a guided tour. 

Transylvania, Romania

While Transylvania might be an obvious destination for vampire lovers, there’s good reason for that. Transylvania is teeming with vampire history thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Visitors can see castles and sights connected to Dracula, including the infamous Bran Castle and the ancient Poenari Fortress. Vampire enthusiasts will love the medieval city of Sighisoara which hosts loads of Dracula-themed tours and is considered the birthplace of the villainous blood-sucker. There’s nothing better than going to the source, and in the case of vampire lore that’s Vlad Ţepeş, legendary ruler of Wallachia, now part of Romania. Ţepeş became the scourge of the Ottoman empire and was fond of impaling entire Turkish forces sent against him. His bloodthirsty reputation inspired Irish author Bram Stoker to use him as the model for Dracula, and thus a legend was born. Bran Castle, one of his strongholds, now houses a museum dedicated to Queen Marie of Romania. It has an impressive clifftop profile, looking like the quintessential location for a vampire movie.