Thursday Doors – March 22, 2018

Doors of Buenos Aires, Argentina – March 4, 2018

We began our tour of Buenos Aires at La Recoleta Cemetery, where many famous Argentinians are buried, including the Eva Peron. This cemetery was rated by CNN in 2013 as one of the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world. As you can see from the featured image, there are walkways lined with crypts, each one trying to be more beautiful than the next.


Eva Peron’s crypt is small and less gaudy, although the people often bring flowers to decorate it.


Here is the plaque next to the crypt door:


Here are a few more pictures of some of the older crypts:




Each crypt plot has a family owner. The cemetery is completely full, so if you want to be buried there, you need to negotiate the sale of an existing crypt plot. You can then have yourself or a family member buried in the existing crypt, or you can tear the crypt down and build a new one more to your liking.




Our tour then moved to the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires to a small but colorful area called Caminito, where the building are painted in pastel and even some brighter colors, with artistic depictions of people hanging out of windows or standing on balconies.





Here are a couple of pictures of the neighborhood to give you a bit more flavor, even though they do not feature specific doors.






There are also many huge bank buildings in Buenos Aires. Here is a door from one of those building located across from the La Casa Rosada (the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina):


Here is an image of La Casa Rosada:


Our next stop will be Montevideo, Uraguay. Stay tuned.

South American Cruise – March 2018

This will be the first of a series of posts that document our South American cruise on the ms Zaandam from Holland America Lines. The featured image is the Albatross Memorial sculpture on the top of Hornos Island. The sculpture was unveiled in 1992 as a memorial to all of the sailors that lost their lives trying to round Cape Horn. This is a notoriously dangerous sea passage where you pass from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean if heading west. It is famous for its many storms and high waves rolling in from Antarctica, nearly 1,000 kilometers to the south.


Here is a picture of a real albatross in the water beside our ship.


Here is the point where we are about to make the ocean-to-ocean crossing of of this smaller island:


Here is a short movie of the crossing. The captain sounded the horn at the exact moment we crossed into the Pacific Ocean:

In the next several days, I will start posting from the beginning of our trip, which started in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I hope you all follow along. Comments are always appreciated.

Cruise Day 8 – Church on the Spilled Blood

Saint Petersburg, Russia – September 10th, 2017

There is so much to see in Saint Petersburg that our wonderful cruise company, Holland America Lines, arranged to stay in port for two full days. On the second day, we booked a tour that included a trip on one of the canals and on the river plus a stop at the Church on the Spilled Blood.

This church was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was murdered by two anarchist conspirators. A temporary shrine was erected over the spot until the more permanent church could be designed and built.




Just inside the main entrance is the shrine with a canopy erected over the cobblestones that were stained by the blood of Alexander.



If you look through the gate in the short wall, you can see the actual cobblestones of that street as they were on that fateful day: March 13th, 1881.

Here is a small plaque next to the shrine:


Inside the church are 7,500 square meters of mosaics that will almost take your breath away. The amount of artistic work dedicated to this church is stunning.


Marvel in the splendor:





See details of the icons on the alter in my CFFC post on icons.








We exited to the back of the church where I took a few more outside pictures:






For more historical information regarding the origin of the church, check out this link to the Wikipedia page ‘Church of the Savior on Blood‘.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter I: Icons

St. Petersburg, Russia – Church on the Spilled Blood

This beautiful church is filled with icons. Here is just a small sample.





Later today I will be doing an entire post on this beautiful church.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is a wonderful means to express our photographic talents. Follow the link to see other entries for this week.


Mundane Monday Challenge #131

Savijarvi Manor, Sipoo, Finland

I am sure this activity goes on all around the world almost every day. If you own a dairy farm, a cattle ranch, or a horse farm, you have to store and maintain enough food for the animals to last through the winter. In today’s modern era, most farmers have given up on storing square meals for their animals and have adopted the much larger round bales.

Of course, these bales are too heavy to lift without assistance from machinery, so now the farmer has to have a front end loader to lift, move, and store the bales.


Summerfield, NC Hayfield

You have to get the bales from your large fields where they have been dropped by your baling machine:


When I was a young boy, my house was surrounded on three sides by a field that alternated being planted with corn and hay. During the hay cycle, the farmer baled the hay into smaller rectangular bales and then came back with a wagon and threw the bales up on the wagon and stacked them for transport back to the barn. No front end loader was required – just a great deal of manual labor.

Mundane Monday is a weekly challenge hosted by the blog Trablogger that helps photographers learn to focus on the beauty in mundane objects. Follow the link to see many other wonderful posts.