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.
Looking across the nave to one of the side aisles in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016
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
I entered this picture in our local photo show in the Church category. I got an honourable mention…
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!
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.
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 – 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)
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.
Church of St Thomas the Apostle: Harlem Crossing Too
TheChurch 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!)
We had our furnace replaced on Thursday and the smell of oil emanating from the work in the basement was enough to put one off eating.
So, for lunch, we headed to a new restaurant, 35 minutes away, in Murray Harbour (PEI).
#5 Café is located in a former Presbyterian church and, despite being extensively renovated, (the kitchen is in the altar…) they retained the wooden wainscotting and ceiling, pews around the outside walls, and the minister’s chair at the head of a long table.
The food was excellent, they also bake and sell bread, desserts, and a line of jams and chutneys (in the cupboard in the first photo.)
The bathrooms are in the former choir room and the reading material in them is appropriate. Laugh-out-loud appropriate. (Hint: Click on the photo to enlarge it and read the subtitle on the book on the right.)
Before the geese leave for the day, there is much stretching, wing flapping, walking around, and forming groups. The photo above is of the west bank of the river. The geese share the open water with ducks: mergansers, golden eyes, mallards and black ducks. The photo below is of the upper end of the open water. You can see, by the line of greenish brown, where they spent the night!
On this morning, they were taking off towards the north. This gang looks like they’re walking to church in Vernon River.
This group headed briefly towards me, then turned north to follow those who had already left.
You can check out yesterday’s post which has photos of geese in the air and which talks a bit more about the habits of this flock of about 3000.