Monthly Archives: December 2014

Paris 2014: La Sainte-Chapelle and Violins

We visited La Sainte-Chapelle twice during our stay in Paris last Spring. The first time was to admire the magnificent stained glass windows, two-thirds of which date back to the mid-13th century. Then we came back a few days later … Continue reading

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Fatima in Monochrome

In the spring of 2010 my wife and I flew to London on British Airways and from there to Lisbon. But we couldn’t land. The Pope (Benedict XVI) got there first and we just circled over Lisbon for about an … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: The Domes of Paris, Part Five: The Pantheon

Well, we have finally come to the last posting on this series on the Domes of Paris. We started the series by looking at the two domes that most inspired Christopher Wren (see here and here) when he visited Paris … Continue reading

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The Palace and the Bridge

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris and was completed on Armistice Day, 1924. It stands in the middle of a golf course on San Francisco’s Lands … Continue reading

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Missions in Monochrome: Mission Santa Cruz

Mission Santa Cruz, founded by Father Fermin Lasuen in 1791, is the twelfth of the 21 California Missions. It is often called the Hard-luck Mission because of its history of misfortunes. In 1812 one of the early Franciscan missionaries was … Continue reading

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Missions in Monochrome: Mission San Juan Bautista

Native American members of the Mutsun tribe were there first. Then came the Spanish missionary Father Fermin Lasuen (1797). He was followed by John C Fremont (1846) and Patrick Breen (1848). Alfred Hitchcock dropped by in 1957. It was a … Continue reading

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