September 2018 - May 2021
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  • Day64

    Monserrate

    November 26, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Pilgrimage site in Bogota on a mountaintop. Rode up a funicular to a beautiful site, centered around a church. The walkways have 15 statues from the Stations of the Cross and many fanciful pieces of plant and animal art. Inside the church is a black Madonna that was the central icon until it was realized that they were venerating a black person while owning black slaves. It was moved to a side chapel, and the Fallen Jesus was placed above the altar.Read more

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  • Day62

    Bogota

    November 24, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Back on the road again. Starting almost 4 months touring South America here in Colombia. First is an overview of the city from Montesserate. Then Plaza Bolivar, the main square, followed by the oldest school in Bogota (1604), Independence Square where freedom from Spanish colonial rule was declared, journalists square (named for the journalists murdered after trying to tell the world about Pablo Escobar and company). Finally is an example of street art.Read more

  • Day18

    Haarlem

    October 11, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Artsy community not too far from Amsterdam. The organ shown is old enough that Mozart played it when he was only 10. It is in the church in the first pic looking across the main square. There was also an exhibit of done of daVinci's drawings, but not photos. The last is one of my favorite psych signs.Read more

  • Day15

    Giethoorn and enclosing dike

    October 8, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Small Town with most of the village accessable by water. Called Venice of the north. The place is well cared for and known for the gardens.
    The last pic is of the enclosing dike across the Zuidersee taken from the point where the two construction crews coming from opposite sides met.Read more

  • Day13

    Delft

    October 6, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Best known for pottery. The first pic is in the only remaining traditional ceramic factory. Delft is also the home of the famous artist, Vermeer. This is also the city from where William of Orange led the rebellion against Spanish rule. The third pic is his statue in the Prinzenhof (his home in Delft) garden, followed by his tomb in the New Church in Delft. Dutch royals are still interred in the Royal crypt. And, of course, Delft has canals and towers.Read more

  • Day12

    Maastricht

    October 5, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    City where the treaty was signed creating the Euro. First is the tower of the church from the 10th century. Then is an old city gate and part of the original or first city wall. Next is also the first wall, but shows the stonework outlining the houses of the poor that were built against the wall. Then a street and the interior of an early 18th century church built in the round.Read more

  • Day10

    Utrecht

    October 3, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    University town not too far from Amsterdam that goes back to the Romans. The first pic is Dom Tower, tallest of its kind in the Netherlands and a symbol of the city. The second is Roentgen who lived here for a while with photo of the X-ray of his wife's hand. (He discovered x-rays.) Then one of the canals, followed by the statue of Adrian, the only Dutch pope. Next is a corner bastion of the fortress built by the Spanish when they were in charge. Next is a corner bastion of the fortress built by the Spanish while they were in charge. The last is social housing of the time--homes for the poorRead more

  • Day9

    Rembrandt's house

    October 2, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    The house where the artist lived and worked. First is the house, then his studio and his students' studio. It be okay for his portraits hanging by in the house. Then a couple etchings: Three Trees, probably his most famous, and several other examples. There was a demonstration of printing of etchings while I was there. The skyline print toward the bottom was done me as I watched, using a reproduction press made from a design of the period and a modern reproduction of an original Rembrandt copper plate etching.Read more