MM 4-32 Mona Lisa on 5th Avenue

We visited the Louvre one day during our 2014 vacation in Paris and saw Mona Lisa. I was surprised how small she was! Then last June we stopped in New York for a few days on our way back home from our vacation in Spain and Portugal and we saw Mona Lisa again one day when we were walking down 5th Avenue. This version of the lady with the mystic smile was much larger than Leonardo’s original.  And this picture I took of her will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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The Roofs of Porto

On our last day in Santiago we said our goodbyes to the Camino and then caught a cab to the bus station where we met up with my sisters.  The four of us then boarded the bus to Porto. Four hours later we arrived at the Hotel Premium Porto Downtown and soon afterwards found ourselves on the hotel’s roof. Guess what we saw up there?

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MM 4-31 Up in the Air

Well, I’ve been pretty busy recently and I also caught a cold the other day. And I imbibed a little too much at the wedding I attended over the weekend. So even though everything has been a bit cloudy lately I still found some time to select a photo for Leanne’s Monochrome Madness this week. But this takes the cake: Then I forgot to send the photo to Leanne! Yikes! Oh, here it is, anyway:

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MM 4-30 The North Side of the Porto Cathedral

The Porto Cathedral was built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style but has been modified and restored many times over the centuries and in many different architectural styles. In 1736 an Italian architect named Nicolau Nasoni added a Baroque loggia to the north façade. I took a shot of the central portion of this loggia and thought it would look pretty interesting in black and white and so it is my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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The Santiago Cathedral’s Interior

OK, we walked all around the Cathedral and I showed you pictures of all four plazas (see here, here, here and here) and all four Cathedral facades. Now it’s time to step inside and see what the Cathedral’s interior looks like.

We began our tour by visiting the cloister on the cathedral’s south side and then we entered the Cathedral from the cloister entrance.

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MM 4-29 View of Central Porto from the Porto Cathedral

The Porto Cathedral (Se do Porto) sits on a hill overlooking the River Douro to the south and west and central Porto to the north and east. I took this shot from the Cathedral Square (Terreiro da Se) looking north to the central city. It will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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MM 4-28 View of Hotel Garden in Santiago

We stayed at the Smart Boutique Hotel Literario San Bieito during our three days in Santiago. My sisters stayed with their Road Scholar tour group at a hotel a couple of blocks away. We visited them one day and I took this shot of their hotel’s garden. It will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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