Travel Guide For Life;

What I See From Mountain To Sea; M.A.C.


"The gladdest moments, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands."

In Front of Cathedral Basilica Saint Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe NM, 131 Cathedral Place. It was built between 1869-1887 in a Romanesque Revival style. The parish was founded in 1714 but the completed Basilica was dedicated in 1887. The original church here was destroyed during the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. The large Rose window in front and the nave windows that depict the 12 disciples were imported from Clermont-Ferrand France. When this Cathedral Basilica building was completed the parish building was taken down and removed. This statue is of Saint Francis of Assisi who is the patron Saint of Santa Fe NM

San Miguel Mission Church in Santa Fe NM. One of the oldest churches in USA. It is a National Historical Building built around 1615 in the Romanesque Fortress architectural style.

Èglise Saint Julien le Pauvre is one of the oldest churches in Paris. It is on the south side of Square René Viviane. This is a great example of medieval Romanesque architecture. It is really close to the Museum Cluny which is a museum of medieval life in a medieval building. 😄 This church was restored around 1890 and given over to the Melkite Catholic community. Hilaire Belloc wrote, (in his 1900 book called Paris), about St. JULIEN le PAUVRE; that it..."is curiously desolate. It should, if age and tradition could lend reverence to anything, be among the most revered of the city shrines; but the people of Paris, careful as they are of old customs, are capricious in their choice of idols, and the little church is so much abandoned that foreign lovers of Paris pass it a thousand times without remembering it...yet here, in 580 (that is, in the monastery attached to the church), Gregory of Tours lodged when he visited the town, and here, throughout the middle ages - from the Charter of Philip the conqueror to 1534 - the Rector of the University was elected...

And here is the interior of the San Felipe de Neri church in Old Town plaza Albuquerque NM.

This is the oldest church in Albuquerque New Mexico. It has continuously served Albuquerque since 1706. It was originally founded as a parish church by the Franciscan order. In 1817, the clergy of Durango Mexico served here. Then, in 1868, the Jesuit order started to serve here. Then in 1966, the clergy of Santa Fe NM started to serve here and still do.

This photo is from the south east corner of the church property. The tree in the foreground has a carving in what is left of its trunk. I am guessing that it is supposed to be the Virgin Mary. The building in the background was a convent. There is a gift shop in that building now.

Royal Chapel at Vincennes Castle, also called Saint-chapelle like the one on L'île de la Cité. It is mostly empty now besides a gravesite. It was first commissioned to be built by King Charles X. He intended to store some relics pertaining to the passion of Christ in this chapel. It is worth entrance fee because the fee is very small and the view of the stained glass windows is really beautiful. You can even climb the narrow staircase to get an even more wonderful view of the stained glass windows from the second level balcony.

Another view of the Royal Chapel at Vincennes. Reno is included in this photo. He is our younger son.

Upon entering the Royal Chapel, it is immediately evident that only a bare minimum of furnishings and decorative elements have remained inside. Much of the interior was destroyed during the French revolution, including most of the stained glass windows. The bapistry, where many royal family children were baptized, now is located at the Louvre Museum.

Approaching the area of the altar, we noticed a small room to our left. Reno is walking towards the room after walking around the altar. There are some stone slabs behind the altar.

This is what we discovered in that small room. It is a very elaborate tomb. 2 persons were interred here. Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien was actually executed at the moat of Château de Vincennes because Napoleon Bonaparte believed the accusation that he was involved in a conspiracy to restore the monarchy. Also interred here is Bernaudin Gigault. He was the Marquis de Bellefonds and Marshal of France. He also had important responsibilities in the household of King Louis XIV.

This is the view from the second level balcony in the Royal Chapel at Vincennes with Farida posting a photo or two. .

The bell tower of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Copper Street and 6th Street in Albuquerque. This church is part of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM. It is under the administration of the Society of Jesuits since 1868. That is something like 160 years!!

There are 2 sculptures outside of this church. Here is one of them. I am pretty sure this is Jesus giving counsel to mankind, or authority, or authoritative counsel. 😃....

This is the other sculpture outside of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. I am pretty sure this is the Immaculate Conception Mary. If Catholics look to Mary for the Grace of God that she imparts to mankind, they too can become Immaculate by remaining strong in the faith. Did I get that right?.

Albuquerque has a few Buddhist centers. Here are a couple of photos at one of them. The location of this Thai Buddhist center (Wat Buddhasothorn) is at Copper Street and Madison Street (145 Madison). Monks are very friendly and accommodating to visitors, both Buddhist and non Buddhist. Several ceremonies are held here throughout the year, such as Kathina Ceremony and Sangkran Festival. .

One more exterior photo from Wat Buddhasothorn.

Ballerup Kirke is at Sankt Jacobsvej 1B 2750 at the north side of the Ballerup Centret area. I walked around the church looking for an entrance but found only a small wood door that was locked.

We are outside of Ballerup Kirke having walked up the pedestrian mall then entering at this open gate. There are 3 entrances to the church property that I remember. .

There are tombstones around most of this church but it is still a very lovely place. This is a Catholic church dedicated to Saint Jacob.