St. Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Square is that famous central gathering spot in Venice, the one you see on the travel shows. Here’s a look at it on a quiet evening with a lovely couple taking a photo:

BU214S8TSJaUMYK1qmUrqgDuring the day, things are crowded but on this morning, I got lucky.

DSC_3529There’s the famous clock to be seen with the many visitors:

DSC_3538And here’s a view from the canal, which shows why this place easily floods:

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Sistine Chapel, a few photos

In a previous post, I put up the video from inside the Sistine Chapel. Now, I add a few still photos taken with my Nikon 1 AW and that beautiful wide angle lens. The first is Michaelangelo’s apocalypse which is behind the altar:

DSC_3266And here is a view of the ceiling:

DSC_3279And a slightly closer shot of the center of the ceiling:

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The next view gives you a sort of perspective on the chapel:

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I was fortunate to have the early morning “Waking the Vatican” tour when photos were permitted. It was worth arriving on-site at 5:45 AM. I’d do it again and pay the price to view this magnificent art work. Coming soon: A post from inside St. Peter’s.

Covadonga, Spain

Pelayo won a great victory in Covadonga, taking advantage of tactics and terrain to save his kingdom from conquest. As a result, shrines were built and later a massive church.

DSC_2673You can see how the church stands upon an outcropping in the valley. Here’s the statue of Pelayo:

DSC_2669And check out the mountain in the background. The scenery in this part of Spain is nothing short of stunning. Here’s another perspective on the church.6D210737-35CF-49AD-AF5C-D3E598BBA6E3I’ll have another post soon that shows the tiny chapel built into a hillside cave. Check back frequently.

Views of La Rioja, Spain

La Rioja, like much of Spain, features some marvelous views. A broad valley of fields and vineyards, it is dotted by some hills from which you can see for miles.

DSC_2480.JPGThere are mountains on either side. When the weather rolls in, you can see the clouds folding over the top and spilling downward.

fullsizeoutput_c47.jpegThis is a place to linger, to check out the local scene, enjoy the food and wine. Take your time.

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