Category Archives: Travel


Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

Sorry for the long delay, but here are the remaining photos from our trip to Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel.  We got an early season discount that included our lodging, dinner and breakfast, and tours at the fort and art museum.  But, before we get there, I have to share a sculpture I saw on the way to the Grand Hotel. OK, no surprise […]

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More from Mackinac Island

Although the ferry ride to the island was quite chilly (we rode on top so we could get the best views), the day was sunny and beautiful on the island.  We got off the ferry and walked up Main St.  No cars, so transportation is by bicycle or horses.  There are some commercial ferries loaded with semi trailers full of products for the island, but […]

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A Trip to Mackinac Island

I hate to admit it, but, I had never been to Mackinac Island before this spring.  Why?  I’ve no idea other than it never floated to the top of my to-do list.  Rose got a great “early-season” deal at the Grand Hotel, so we decided we needed to do it. We had to get up at about 5:00 in the morning to drive to Mackinaw […]

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Churches of Rome Website

I received a message a while back from Ralph Conde who is working on a website  He has visited about 80 of the churches in Rome over the last 10 years and has posted descriptions and photos of each.  He had seen my blog post from Santa Maria in Transpontina and wanted to use some of my photos.  After looking at his site, I was […]

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Rome – Fellow Pilgrims

Over the last 46 posts I have shown some of the wonderful things our group saw while in Italy.  We were 9 days on the ground plus 2 days travelling.  However, all the places we went were not done in isolation.  We were a group of pilgrims, 37 of us in all.  We visited sites that were both holy and secular.  We prayed, we laughed, we […]

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Rome – Some Scenes from the Street

Well, we’ve visited many of the true wonders in Rome.  Now, we’ll visit some of the other places I passed by along the way.   Trevi Fountain In 1629 Pope Urban VIII asked Gian Lorenzo Bernini to sketch possible renovations to an earlier fountain, but the project was abandoned when the pope died. Though Bernini’s project was never constructed, there are many Bernini touches in […]

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Rome – Three Other Beautiful Churches

We visited other churches in Rome that may not be as well know as the major basilicas, but are absolutely beautiful.  In this post, I’ll show three of those; Santo Spirito in Sassia, Chiesa di Sant’ Ignazio di Loyola, and Chiesa di San Marcello al Corso. Santo Spirito in Sassia The church stands on the site of a charitable institution for pilgrims (like us) and today is […]

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Rome – The Pantheon

The Pantheon from the Greek word Pantheion, (“pan” meaning “all” and “theion” meaning “of or sacred to a god”, thus meaning “[temple] of every god”) is a former Roman temple, now a Catholic church on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD). The present building was completed by the emperor Hadrian and […]

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Rome – Santa Maria sopra Minerva

The church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva is just behind the Pantheon.  Its most distinguishing feature from the outside is a statue of an elephant with an obelisk on its back.  More on that later.  However, this church contains the remains of Saint Catherine of Siena.  Recall from our trip to Siena that St. Catherine’s head is on display in Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico while her […]

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Rome – Basilica San Paolo fuori le Mura

Here we are at the 4th and last of the major basilicas in Rome, Basilica San Paolo fuori le Mura, or The Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall.  This was our third basilica of the day, it was getting late (after dark), and we were all getting tired. However tired we were, the sight of this basilica revived us all.  This is my favorite of […]

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