Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Basilica Papale Di San Paolo Fuori Le Mura

Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura)is commonly known as St Paul's Outside the Walls. It is one of Rome's four (4) ancient major basilicas or papal basilicas: the basilicas of St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major, and St. Peter's and Saint Paul Outside the Walls. Francesco Monterisi was named archpriest of the basilica in 2009.
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 Everything here was huge!

I had my picture taken in front of "The Holy Door". The same idea came to this couple.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Stained Glass Artworks

The term stained glass can refer to colored glass as a material or to works produced from it. 

As a material, stained glass is glass that has been colored by adding metallic salts during its manufacture. Painted details and yellow stain are often used to enhance the design.

Stained glass, as an art and a craft, requires the artistic skill to conceive an appropriate and workable design, and the engineering skills to assemble the piece. A window must fit snugly into the space for which it is made, must resist wind and rain, and also, especially in the larger windows, must support its own weight. Many large windows have withstood the test of time and remained substantially intact since the late Middle Ages. In Western Europe they constitute the major form of pictorial art to have survived. In this context, the purpose of a stained glass window is not to allow those within a building to see the world outside or even primarily to admit light but rather to control it. For this reason stained glass windows have been described as 'illuminated wall decorations'.
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Beautiful and interesting stained-glass artworks are at the corridors of an exhibit hall at the Basilica of St. Ignatius.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Cherish the Spanish

Great architectures (cathedrals and basilicas, even libraries - biblioteka), rows of pines, cobbled stone roads, bell towers with gigantic bells that still proudly sound-off their melodious ring . . . just wonderful!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Just Loving It At Spain

Singing . . . "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain" . . .

El que busca la verdad corre el riesgo de encontrarla. 
Who searches for truth runs the risk of finding it. Isabel Allende

In Spain, attempting to obtain a chicken salad sandwich, you wind up with a dish whose name, when you look it up in your Spanish-English dictionary, turns out to mean: Eel with big abscess. Dave Barry

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Breakfast and Bread

Breakfast is my favorite meal. I remember lovely and delicious breakfasts in Europe. 

The bread . . . love the bread . . . just love it . . . all those carbs!

But of course, I try not to forget that  . . . "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."