Monthly Archives: November 2014

Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light

“You can go to Europe and see Gothic cathedrals,” said a priest in response to one of a million complaints regarding the latest example of modern architecture confronting the citizens of the Bay Area. “You can come to Oakland and … Continue reading

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Missions in Monochome: Carmel Mission

Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, more commonly known as Mission Carmel or Carmel Mission, was the second of the 21 California Missions and was founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1770 in Monterey and then relocated a year … Continue reading

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Missions in Monochrome: The Mission in the Middle of Nowhere

Everything was brown. The dirt. The grass. The tree trunks. The tarantulas. Our black boots after hiking one day in Hunter Liggett. I grew up in San Francisco where we had buildings and sidewalks. I walked on the sidewalks from … Continue reading

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Missions in Monochrome: Santa Ines

My wife and grandson and I visited La Purisma Mission near Lompoc one Saturday in July 2012 (see previous posting) and the next day we drove down Highway 246 for about a half-hour until we reached the town of Solvang … Continue reading

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La Purisma Mission in Monochrome

We spent a week-end in Lompoc a couple of years ago with our grandson, then nine years old. All fourth-graders in California’s public schools learn about the California Missions and the mission assigned to our grandson was La Misión de … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: The Domes of Paris, Part Four: Le Dome des Invalides

I first became interested in buildings with domes when we toured Italy in 2009 and saw such magnificent churches as the Duomo of Florence and St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. We also got to visit the first great domed … Continue reading

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