one year ago today I eas talking about my visit to the, then, newly opened Calgary Peace Bridge! This weekend looks like it is going to be another great weekend to wander the pathways of Calgary, maybe we will see you out there.
The Cathedral of Royal Saint Mary(Santa María la Real), a 15th century Gothic Catholic Pilgrimage Church has many beautiful features. We visited the lovely Cathedral in September when walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. I could spend hours photographing the details. Just off the main temple, a beautiful stone carved staircase topped by a magnificent dome.
we spent yesterday wondering the pedestrian streets of Burgos, and to visit the Burgos Cathedral. A Gothic Cathedral with many revisions, redesigned and expansions. The details are amazing. I got a creak in my neck from looking up at the beautiful vaulted arches, doomed ceilings, and relief sculpture and paintings. Here are a few details I captured
Early evening, and the setting sun shining on the Burgos Cathedral, Burgos Spain
cherub faces, one small part of a beautiful painting, Burgos Cathedral
Madonna ad child, relief sculpture, Burgos Cathedral
Bath Abbey, considered one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in southwest England. We visited a couple of years ago, and I was struck by the height of the column, the large stain glass window at the end of the of the tall clerestory, and the beautiful vaulted ceiling with fan-shaped columns.
Formerly a Benedictine monastery founded in the 7th century, it later became an Anglian parish church, it was rebuilt in the 12 century and restored in the 16th century. It is amazing to see such beautiful architecture, repeatedly restored and cared for over the centuries, and through the generations. Coming from Calgary Canada where everything is new, or if it isn’t new it is tore down to make way for new, it is stunning to sit in such a building an image the people that built or work on it or passed through it’s doors, and the changes in the world that have happened while it has been standing.
El Drac de Gaudí at Finca Güell , great balconies designed by Gaudi, I wonder if what the neighbors would think if I was so inspired that I added one of these fascinating balconies to my 2nd floor window? I love them, but they might not be quite right in suburban Calgary!
Brunelleschi’s dome a proud centerpiece in the history of Florence, and a place that many study in their art history and architecture classes. A Unesco World Heritage site located in the Piazza del Duomo.
The Cathedral Church of Florence Italy, and the cathedral complex are located in the Piazza del Duomo, and is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site. The day we were in Florence was a very cool and windy November day, we had only a few short hours to tour the site before heading to Pisa, it is definitely on my list of places to revisit.
Piazza del Duomo, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa Italy. We visited Pisa last fall, unfortunately we were only able to spend a couple of hours. The area doesn’t seem that big when you first arrive on site, but the buildings are huge, and with the crowds of people, even in November when we were there the line-ups to get into the tower, were quite long. The architecture and the history makes this a place I could spend quite a bit of time at, and I realize that there is so much more to see in the city and surrounding area then just the Leaning tower.
Each week I spend some time travelling back in time, reviewing old photos, keywording and cataloguing my work, it is great because I get to revisit so many places, and memories. I hope someday to return to Pisa, to explore the world heritage site, and really get to know the city.