In every trip there are so many photos without obvious places in the narrative. Here are some.
We begin with more from Ai Weiwei at Alcatraz. So glad to have had the opportunity to see this show, which closed today.
It is easy to forget that California had a long history before it became a state.
San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey (below) was founded by Father Junipero Serra on June 3, 1770, on the shores of Monterey Bay, as the cornerstone of his Mission. A year later, Fr. Serra moved the Mission to Carmel. The church remained as a Royal Chapel for the soldiers guarding the new Spanish Presidio of Monterey. The present sandstone church was completed in 1794.
The significance of San Carlos cannot be overstated. It is the oldest continuously functioning church and the first stone building in the State of California. It is California’s first cathedral and stands for the birth of Carmel Mission and Monterey, the first capital of California.
And this is St. Rosaria, the patron saint of Palermo, Italy. No idea of her connection to A Spanish mission in California, but that is a skull she is holding.
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The apartment we rented in Helsinki appeared to be next to a huge park that led to the water. When we walked over to see it, we discover it was a cemetery, an enormous cemetery. It was well cared for, with beautiful huge trees and some unique tombstones, thus most of this post will be photos.
There is a much copper in Finland. One sees it in roofs and decorative objects, but this is my first copper grave marker. Or polished stainless steel.
Many were somewhat more conventional, but works of art all the same.
A musician lies here.
There were a fair number of rocks.
And sometime in the late 1800s, stones like these began to become popular and then common; chunks of granite with only one polished surface. Whether it was done out of frugality or fashion I cannot say.
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