If you get the timing right, you can see the trains trundling along the embankment high above the fbb's Christmas residence.
Tywyn and Abergynolvyn are just off the map, top left.
The car park has the usual and necessary "facilities" ...
A cruel but amusing picture of fbb awaiting his repast, Oliver Twist style, was circulated amongst family by No 1 son.
The fbb Advent Calendar
The fbb Alphabetical Advent Calendar
Not that fbb has an deep theological objection to these visitors to Bethlehem as such, but the Biblical truth of their journey is so misrepresented in out modern "pretty pretty" nativity, that the reality of their visit is lost.
1. They weren't Kings
2. There is no record of how many there were
3. There is no record of their names
4. They didn't ride camels which had not been domesticated at the time
5. They did not visit the stable/cattle shed/cave etc.
6. They arrived anything up to two years after Yeshua was born
Apart from this, everything in this Christmas Card picture is correct!
Matthew's Gospel explains:-
Soon afterwards, some men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem.
Having found no future King c/o Herod, they continued to Bethlehem.
They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshipped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him.
Having noted the astrologer's schedule based on the appearance of the star, Herod then arranged for the death of children aged two years and under.
So this is a better illustration ...
But it wasn't folly. They found the child and hand over the gifts, highly inappropriate for a two-year-old, but astounding right if the child were really the Messiah.
Incense for a Priest
an essential intermediary between God and man
Myrrh for embalming a dead body
his mission was to die
Gold for a King
his purpose was to offer a royal eternity to mankind
Either the Wise Men were very wise indeed; or they were completely potty!
** Magi is a term used since at least the 4th century BC to denote followers of Zoroaster which was characterised in Greek culture as the ability to read the stars.