76 days …..

It is precisely 76 days until I travel to Madrid then on to Sarria to walk the Camino de Santiago.

My new backpack …

My planned route, Sarria to Santiago. Santiago to Muxia. Muxia to Finisterre -“the end of the world”.

I have been planning (dreaming) for years, training for many, many months. It has been tough and a quite the education of the inter workings of my body. I am not an athlete, and quite frankly, not much of an exerciser. But I have to say .. there is something so calming and tranquil about wandering through the nature trails by my home.





my training trails ..

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My training trails

I plan to keep a journal and a photo journal of the things that I have learned, the wisdom I will surely learn and of the many people I hope to meet along the way.

After my solo journey, I will take a breather to process what I have come to learn in Paris, London and Toulouse. Probably not the best places for down time – but what can I say, I left my heart in Paris 2 years ago and I am too close NOT to go back.

So, if you have never been on this magnificent journey of pain and self discovery, you can follow along with me ..without the pain.

I would be interested in hearing from those that have made this journey, their place of origin and if their life changed upon their re-entry back in to their daily life.

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Buen Camino

Done for another day !

Done for another day !


… i left work early and ended up in a cemetery …

St Mary’s Cemetery Minneapolis, Minnesota

St. Mary’s Cemetery began in 1873. It is a historic cemetery with meandering hills, towering trees, majestic monuments and family mausoleums.


                      St Mary’s of South Minneapolis is a 65-acre property originally began as a parish cemetery by the Church that is now what is known as the Basilica of St. Mary. In the late 1880’s, it became an Archdiocesan-wide cemetery.   As history states, St. Mary’s has had more than 64,000 interments and there are about 175 burials that happen each year. Included are traditional burial plots and a Garden Mausoleum.

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Wandering through the Fog…

I spent a beautiful lightly snowy and foggy (early) morning at a gem of a cemetery over looking a beautiful lake.  I must say, I was a bit spooked at times as the gates had just opened and there wasn’t a soul (no pun intended) insight.  But I thoroughly enjoyed it and wandered for sometime, losing myself in the peace, quiet and fog.

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This cemetery was founded in 1871, This quite interesting story began with several New England-born men and women who came to Minnesota around the late 1800’s. These were the men and women that helped to build the city of Minneapolis. They were progressive, enlightened and envisioned this amazing plot of land as a place for the community members to be buried in beauty and tranquility.

A Beautiful Family Monument

The Dawn of a New Day


Into the fog


And silence sounds no worse than
             cheers / After death has stopped
the ears.

                                                  — A. E. Housman

The Fog is looming over the Lake










If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this like is a wandering to find a home’, why should we not look forward to the arrival

          — C.S. Lewis








#cemeteries #photography #snowfall #lakesideburials #fog #art #beauty




 ..more to come


Remembering 9/11.



Reflecting this morning on my long commute to work.  the radio station played a 22 minute clip of the newscast that morning.  The hair was raised on my arms.

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing.  I happened to watch the entire tragedy on TV as it was happening.

I remember the hours, days and weeks that followed and how proud I was to be part of this great country.  

I also remember how brave the men and women were that came to the aid of those victims; the policemen, firefighters, our military men and women and even the residents of New York, that opened their homes to strangers.

I will remember all of the souls that lost their lives that day, I will remember their wives, husbands, children and even those children that will never get to know their parent, because their life was cut short.

I remember and will always be thankful for our service men and women, who put their lives on the line, each and every day so we can live and be free in this great nation that we call the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


                                       GOD BLESS AMERICA.  HOME OF THE FREE AND THE BRAVE.

Today is a Great day to Learn Something New ;*)

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I will post Cemeteries, Castles, Churches, Old & Abandoned – anything, Photography, Art & History.
I will also do some blogging on historical sites and travels.
And as a side note, I may post anything that catches my fancy on Paris.
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Me and my new little friend the “Javalina”


2013 Road trip out West across the USA … Great finds.


I was unable to enter the Ancient burial ground as it was surrounded by a barbed wired fence. Needless to say, It was cool just to be there, and I tried to zoom in as close as possible.  What I found interesting was, the Sierra Vista Cemetery is directly across the road from the burial ground.  Interesting because the Spanish ruling of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico began in 1598. Although they numbered to as many as 80,000 people at that time, were hostile to each other and were unable to unite in opposition to the Spanish.  Revolts against Spanish rule were frequent and the Spanish ruthlessly took issue. The Pueblos found themselves at the mercy of Spanish overlords, soldiers, priests, and their Mexican Indian allies.  Additionally, the Spanish suppressed the religious ceremonies of the Pueblo. Violence, forced labor, and European diseases reduced the Pueblo population to about 15,000 by the late 17th century.   More to come on the Sierra Vista Cemetery. 

HISTORY of the Tewa

Old Indian burial ground

The Tewa, they were also known as ‘Tano’ are a linguistic group of Pueblo American Indians who speak the Tewa language and also share in the Pueblo culture. The made their home near the Rio Grande of New Mexico.

The Arizona Tewa descendants of those who fled the Second Pueblo Revolt of 1680-1692, live mostly on the Hopi Reservation.

The Pueblo Indians were able to successfully revolt against Spanish colonization in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, which cast out the Spanish for 12 years. The Tewa religious leader, along with a number of other Pueblo leaders, planned and orchestrated the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. The code for the action was a knotted rope sent by runner to each pueblo; the number of knots signified the number of days to wait before beginning the uprising. It began on August 10, 1680; by August 21, Santa Fe fell to 2,500 warriors. The revolt cost 400 Spanish lives, including 21 of the 33 priests in New Mexico.

On September 22, 2005, a statue of Popé, the leader of the Pueblo Revolt, was unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. The statue was the second one from the state of New Mexico and the 100th and last to be added to the Statuary Hall collection. It is the only statue in the collection created by a Native American, in this case, Cliff Fragua, a Puebloan from Jemez Pueblo.

Tanoan is one of five languages spoken by the Pueblo people of New Mexico.

Villages in New Mexico still occupied by the Tewa Indians;
> Nambe, about 16 miles north of Santa Fe.
> San Juan, near the eastern bank of the Rio Grande 25 miles northwest.
> Tesuque, 8 miles north of Santa Fe.
> San Ildefonso, near the eastern bank of the Rio Grande, about 18 miles northwest
of Santa Fe.
> Hano, the easternmost pueblo of Tusayan, Arizona.
> Santa Clara, on the western bank of the Rio Grande, about 30 miles above Santa.

Tewa, Tiwa, Jemezbelong, Pecos, and Pico people have now merged to be the Kiowa-Tanoan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXVsJJpe1Nc                     “Tiwa song Traditional harvesting dance”

****** Research included visiting the site, speaking to local people in Taos, NM, genealogy sites and other sources.  *If any corrections are needed, please let me know.

The Notre Dame de Paris

Wander along with me ...

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The Notre Dame Cathedral was the largest religious building in the West until the Amiens Cathedral was built in the 13th century The Amiens Cathedral is the tallest in the Picardy region of France.   It is located about 75 miles north of Paris, France.  Unfortunately, I did not get to see this particular Cathedral.

The Notre Dame cathedral was started in about 1163 and completed in about 1345.  During the French Revolution, in the 1790’s, it suffered great destruction.  Over time, many different architects worked on this famous Cathedral, if you were to study this from all angles, you may be able to see the slight variations in the style.

The stained glass, sculptures and gargoyles are quite impressive.  There are over…

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