Iglesia del Carmen

Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen on Ave 10 de octobre

Although religion was rather frowned upon in Revolutionary Cuba, adherents to Roman Catholicism and its many churches continue to exist. Some are in better shape than others.  Our Cuban photo tour workshop leader took us to this one – which is on the border between Central Havana and the neighbourhood of Vedado.

One of the side aisles in Very old stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

Looking across the nave to one of the side aisles in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Very old stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

Very old stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

I entered this picture in our local photo show in the Church category. I got an honourable mention…

One of the faithful.

One of the faithful.

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Manhattan Monday 46 – St Patrick’s Cathedral

Looking south,through the crossing.

Looking south,through the crossing.

St Patrick’s Cathedral, on Fifth Avenue at East 51st Street, was undergoing extensive interior work when we dropped in after a full day of walking in June 2015. It’s hard to get a photo these days without getting another photographer in the picture!

Looking towards the Fifth Avenue entrance (west)

Looking towards the Fifth Avenue entrance (west)

The north aisle.

The north aisle.

Windows in the north aisle and crossing.

Windows in the north aisle and crossing.

Manhattan Monday 45

Even churches need protection. On East 38th Street just off Park Avenue.

Even churches need protection. On East 38th Street just off Park Avenue.

After a visit to the The Morgan Library and Museum (Park Avenue) on a walk back to Pod 39, where we slept, we ducked into this downtown church: the Roman Catholic Parish of Our Saviour, corner of Park Avenue and East 38th Street.

Rush hour outside, quiet inside.

Rush hour outside, quiet inside.

Side door

Side door.

Church detail.

Church detail.

Manhattan Tuesday 42.5 – Taxi!

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

Tomorrow we are traveling by plane to Calgary, Alberta. We arrive at 3:00 am our time the next day – though it will only be midnight in Calgary.

I hope there are as many taxis outside the airport as we saw in New York City. We will definitely be looking for one to whisk us to our hotel.

The next day we will be picking up a rental car and touring through the Rockies and the Okanagan Valley and on to Vancouver.

I have prescheduled a number of posts from trips to Manhattan and Cuba while we are away. But I will be taking lots of photos.

Bon voyage.

iPhriday – No School!

Kids on bikes around the 1864 sign in downtown Charlottetown.

Kids on bikes around the 1864 sign in downtown Charlottetown.

Today was a PD day. PD stands for Professional Development – of teachers. So while they are developing, their students had a day off. The sun was bright, the temperature just above freezing and the wind – in Charlottetown at least – was moderate. I was aiming for a candid shot but they saw me and started posing! The building behind the sign is Province House, the seat of PEI’s legislature but it is closed for renovations.

Kids playing on 1864

Kids playing on 1864 – Note the one curled up in the 8.

The 1864 sign was put up in 2014 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference which eventually led, in 1867, to the Confederation of four of the British North American provinces into a single country, Canada.  I expect the sign will stay up until next year when Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. Any bets on whether the 4 will become a 7?  In any case it’s a great place for kids of a certain age to climb.  Ramps and steps to the right of where I’m standing in the second picture, were a temptation for testing their cycling skills.

At the back of Province House there are a few phlowers in the beds: mostly squill. But otherwise it’s still pretty barren.

Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides)

Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides)

My second iPhriday post this week – photos taken with the camera back of the iPhone 6. Click here to see the first. Go see Gray Days and Coffee for links to other iPhriday Photographers.

Manhattan Monday 36 – Harlem Crossing Too

 

 

Church of St Thomas the Apostle: Harlem Crossing Too

Church of St Thomas the Apostle: Harlem Crossing Too

The Church of St. Thomas the Apostle is a closed Roman Catholic parish church in New York City that has been threatened with demolition and has been the subject of a debate about the preservation of a landmark.. The church is located at 260-262 W. 118th St., at the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue, in Harlem.

We checked out the exterior which has posters saying they are open – but according to the web link above, it has been closed since 2003. It looks as though it was – and is – beautiful, but it is in need of much restoration. The picture was timed to catch this young family crossing the street.

Harlem Crossing One was last Monday but because both Crossing One and Crossing Two were scheduled I can’t provide the link. (I’m in Havana this week on a photo workshop!)

Gathering by Candlelight

Three days before Christmas we attended a musical extravaganza called Christmas Fantasia at St. Dunstan’s Basilica in Charlottetown, PEI.  The church was packed. 

  
The highlight for me was when the lights were dimmed and everyone lit a taper. During that magical time, the audience joined in four carols and the choir sang John Rutter’s Candlelight Carol.

   
   
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