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  • Day8

    Bryce Canyon

    May 15 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Another of the beautiful parks in Utah. This is not truly a canyon. It is the edge of a plateau. What's special are the hoodoos. These are the wild and crazy rock formations that are quite unique here. Like at Zion, the structures are created by erosion. Unlike Zion, they are not created by riverine erosion. The hoidois form from freeze/thaw cycles and wind erosion.
    Also like nearby Zion, pictures don't do it justice.
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  • Day7

    Zion Canyon

    May 14 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    One of the spectacular national parks in Utah. This is a narrow slot canyon created by the Virgin River, eroding the sedimentary rock layers. The canyon keeps getting narrower until the only trail is in the water.
    The pictures give a wee sense of the place because, like so many places, ya gotta be there to really get what Zion Canyon is.
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  • Day6

    Grand Canyon

    May 13 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    For my first post within the continental US, I figure it needs to be something grand. 😁
    OK, puns aside, this is my 1st visit here, and this is another place where pictures do not come close to the real thing. There isn't much I need to say. The pictures say it all.
    I just note that the 1st picture looks down on the Colorado River. The canyon is much too vast to catch in the remaining 5 pictures.
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  • Day4

    San Xavier del Bac

    May 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Located near Tucson, this is the only Spanish mission remaining in Arizona. The mission was founded in the late 17th century, while the current building was begun in the late 18th century. This is still a working church, not a museum.
    The 1st picture is outside. The next 2 pictures are in the sanctuary. 4th is the baptistery. The last 2 look at a couple gardens surrounding the mission.
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  • Day3


    May 10 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    I suspect that I will get repetitive with the scenery in this part of the country. Sedona is located in the red rock country between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The 1st 4 pictures give a look at all that. The last 2 pictures are of the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The 5th picture was sent by a friend who told me it was downloaded from Facebook, but I don't have the arrest. If someone knows who gets credit for this picture, I'll make the correction. The last picture is inside the Chapel.
    I don't have any pictures of the downtown as most of what I saw was galleries and tourism businesses. This is not to denigrate the arts community and new age spirituality here. It's just a comment on what I actually saw.
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  • Day28

    Monastery of Saint Simon the Tanner

    May 6 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 37 °C

    This is a Coptic monastery named for the 10th century saint and is located in the Zabbaleen community in Cairo. Zabbaleen means garbage collector, and this neighborhood at the base of the Moqattam cliffs is the center for collection and recycling of Cairo's waste. This community is overwhelmingly Coptic, and as that community developed, this monastery was founded as their spiritual heart.
    There are 3 churches here, and I'm writing a post for each of them. The pictures here are of the rest of the site, mostly of the beautiful carvings on the cliff walls. I'll leave you to recognize the biblical scenes in the carvings. The only hint I'll give is the 2nd picture, written in Arabic, is exactly what the 2 tablets suggest.
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  • Day28

    The Church of St Paul and St Anthony

    May 6 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 37 °C

    This is the smallest of the 3 churches at the monastery. Saints Paul and Anthony are two of the original desert fathers. It is said that a bird would bring a half loaf of bread to Saint Paul each day. When Anthony reached Paul, the bird brought a whole loaf every day they were together. So this church has 2 altars to commemorate this double feeding of the saints.
    The 1st 3 pictures look around the small (this one really is small) church. The 4th is of the Saint Paul altar while the last is the Saint Anthony altar.
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  • Day28

    The Church of Saint Marcus

    May 6 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 37 °C

    This is sometimes called the winter church as it is more enclosed and protected from the weather than the larger Saint Simon Church, and most of the seasonal rain occurs during the winter. This smaller church seats "only" 2,000.
    The 1st picture is at the gate, while the 2nd is beyond the gate and just outside the door to the church. The 3rd looks across the 2,000 seats, showing the expanse of this "smaller" church. Again, the rest are of the art in stone.
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  • Day28

    The Church of Saint Simon the Tanner

    May 6 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 36 °C

    This is the main church at the monastery, and is considered to be about the largest church in the middle east. It seats 20,000 worshippers. The pictures are of the space and the carvings.
    The 1st picture looks up the amphitheater from all the way down front. The next 2 pictures are of the front, deep in the cave. The was the original part of this church that was built. The remaining pictures are of the artwork. Again, I leave them for your discernment.Read more

  • Day26


    May 4 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    Dashur is the site of a royal necropolis in use from the early to middle part of the 3rd millennium BCE. The two best known pyramids here are the red pyramid and the bent pyramid. Both were built by the pharaoh Sneferu. The older, the bent pyramid (pictures 1&2) didn't start out to be bent. There were miscalculations and other poor design issues such the they had to lessen the load by sloping the sides in. So Sneferu went back to the drawing board and commissioned the so-called red pyramid (pictures 3, 4 & 5). 4&5 look down the entrance tunnel to the chambers. I didn't enter as that was too long a distance to go bent over. While my back is doing ok, that seemed like too much to risk.
    Sneferu's son was Khufu who built the great pyramid at Giza (see another post). About 600 years after Sneferu, pyramid building resumed at Dashur. The last picture is of the so called white pyramid of pharoah Amenemhat II. The remains of this pyramid is in the 6th picture. Much of this one was scavanged for other building projects.
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