Monumental Post

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is: Statue.

 This statue of the Portuguese explorer,  Ferdinand Magellan stands in Plaza B. Munoz Gamero in Punta Arenas, Chile.   His expedition in the early 1500s was the first to sail from the Atlantic  into the Pacific, culminating in the first circumnavigation of the earth.

statue of magellan

 This detail from the statue shows a burnished toe, rubbed by many visitors, presumably to bring luck, or perhaps to ensure they will one day return.

detail of statue of magellan


On San Cristobal some 300 m above Santiago, this 14 m statue of the Virgin,¬†Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepcion, rises like an ethereal vision. Continue reading “Monumental Post”

Connected through Time

astronomical clock Exeter Cathedral England
Photo by my husband

The astronomical clock in the Cathedral Church of St Peter¬† in Exeter, England dates from 1484.¬† In 1841 my great great-grandfather Richard Ingram Pentecost¬† was a student at the Training School in the Precinct of the Close of St-Peter’s Cathedral in Exeter City, England, and so would have gazed upon this same clock.

Wikipedia informs¬† that the fleur-de-lys ‘hand’ indicates the time (and the position of the sun in the sky); the silver ball and inner dial shows both the age of the moon and its phase; the upper dial, added in 1760, shows the minutes.¬† There is a door below the clock with a round hole near its base. This was apparently cut in the early 17th century to allow entry for the Bishop’s cat to deter vermin that were attracted to the animal fat used to lubricate the clock mechanism.

The headstone with the cross marks the grave of my 3x great grandparents, Richard and Anne Pentecost.

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Just Doors 2

Doors stand guard to what transpires within.

I realize that just doors may not be everyone’s ‘thing’ but they are a frequent subject for me and my camera.¬† After visiting Adrian Pym’s¬† site and reading¬†¬†Mike’s Look at Life I decided it was time for another photo essay on Doors. My first doors post is here.

The Abbaye de Lehon, France …

The Main Door, Chateau de Combourg, France … Continue reading “Just Doors 2”

The Doors

During travels in the Languedoc Roussillon region of southern France, I found myself taking a lot of pictures of doors – beautiful wooden doors, often with carvings and flourishes, many of large proportions, many beautifully painted or polished. No matter the status of the attached building or home, the doors stood as a proud statement of welcome to the most grandiose as well as the humblest of dwellings.¬† Whatever their status, they all beg the questions – who has passed through this door? And what Continue reading “The Doors”