Friday night, Plateau Mont-Royal, Monastic Fraternity of Jerusalem members praying in the Sanctuaire du Saint-Sacrement, a very beautiful and historically significant church built between 1890 and 1908.
I was walking by and noticed the church was open. They were celebrating Mass, and singing prayers. The sound was beautiful.
I walked up to where I could be close to the monks and nuns and tried to be as unobtrusive as possible while having a clear view of the assembled singers. So this is what I came up with.
My 2016 trip to Shanghai was too short but, thanks to fantastic and gracious hosts, I was able to see and experience very beautiful places, taste foods I would not have known or dared to order, travel on one of their high-speed trains, and generally learn a bit of a fantastic and complex culture. I wish I had more time. Sheesh!
This is my painter’s interpretation of my own 2016 photograph of the classic view from the Bund promenade on the Huangpu River. Hope you like it.
Suzhou (pronounced Sujo) is known for its beautifully manicured classical gardens — nine of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites and two are considered China’s most famous: Lingering Garden and Humble Administrator’s Garden.
For more on this: http://www.traveltosuzhou.com/things-to-do/suzhou-china-gardens
The Latina Barrio is a very busy and lively sector of Madrid. It starts breathing at dusk, as the day’s light fades away. It is full of restaurants and people start occupying the place as the night moves in. Just lovely.
Cava Baja, at dusk, as the life starts to pick up. Restaurants don’t open much before 7 PM, or 19 h, and life won’t be buzzing until much later. Spaniards are not early revelers, so tourists can fill the available seats earlier in the trendy places.
The sun had barely started its day, which is the only time you can see the Puerta del Sol plaza empty. On our way to nice churros at the San Gines Chocolateria, fine fare for an early morning walkabout.
Cava San Miguel is a wonderful area just off the Plaza Mayor, in Madrid. Mesons are like Hobbit Inns, but for the square door. Very homey, very good food generally, but this can be said of a lot of places around Plaza Mayor. It was closed at this early hour, which was fine by me, as I loved the red door in the wall. Spaniards will use any excuse to add a dash of nature to their environment. Medieval fortifications are no match for Spanish vines artfully put there by a Meson’s owner.
A second installment from my September 2016 walkabout in the wonderful city of Madrid. La calle Cava de San Miguel is just off the Plaza Mayor, in the centre of the city, within some remains of what is known as the Christian Walls that were built in Medieval times.
An inner courtyard in Le Marais, Paris, on a Walkabout in August 2016.
Like a lot of European cities, Paris is full of small jewels for the eye. All the observer has to do is be alert. This was on a walkabout in Le Marais. I just couldn’t ignore the setting. There were shops on the ground level – quiet, as it had been raining, which explains my unobstructed view. This courtyard was part of a network and you could move from one small “place” to another before getting back to the main streets all around.