At Prayer

I don’t talk much about religion or politics on this blog. So all I can say with the state of our political landscape we will all need some of this in the months ahead. This was taken at a neighborhood church in Milan Italy.

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At Prayer

At Prayer

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the first enclosed shopping malls in the world and is in Milan Italy.It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. It is in the center of Milan near the Cathedral Santa Maria Nascente commonly known as Il Duomo.
The mall was dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It is a stunningly beautiful place if you can ignore the invasion of USA branded stores like McDonalds housed in the structure.

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 The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Mayan Ruins

Before I visited Chichén Itzá for the first time I thought there was just the one giant pyramid. I didn’t realize that there was a whole city of ruins. Since then I have visited other Mayan ruins in the Yucatan and Qunintana Roo. In fact there are many archaeological sites all through Mexico and they are not all Mayan. The Mayan people live primarily in The Yucatan and contrary to popular beliefs they are still here.

This ruin is a smaller pyramid in the jungle near the great pyramid of Chichen Itsa. The great pyramid is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the modern world. This one, not so much but it is still amazing to see it standing almost 2000 years after its construction.

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A Lesser Pyramid

A Lesser Pyramid

UNESCO Iguana

Iguanas in the Yucatan are probably as common as squirrels in the eastern USA. I am sure Mexican people think the gringos are all insane taking pictures of what they probably consider pests. This one was special though. This was taken at Chichén Itza which is a World Heritage site, so that makes him special…right?

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UNESCO Iguana

UNESCO Iguana

Chichén Itzá Pillar

I am sure our guide told us the significance of this pillar. However, I have no idea of what the significance is. I think it may be some sort of calendar but just can”t remember. I like the image because of the contrast between the pillar and the small pyramid behind it. The pyramid behind the pillar is about half the size of the larger and more famous structure at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Pillar

Pillar

The Observatory at Chichén Itzá… Redux

Most people visiting Chichén Itzá are elated to see the large Pyramids and the Ball Court. As you are walking through you gain an appreciation for the wonderful Mayan culture that seemed so civilized and yet so brutal. It reminds me of our USA culture. However, the observatory really impressed me. To think that this ancient culture was also mapping stars and comets was a little surprising. Yet Mammoths and Saber Tooth Tigers still existed when the Mayan culture was flourishing.

This image is an edit of an earlier post using Google’s NIK editing tools.

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The Observatory Redux

The Observatory Redux

The Observatory

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Honey Can You Pick Up Some Cana?

I love going shopping in supermarkets in Mexico. It’s so similar and yet so different. You see different cuts of meat and different types of produce. Even the groceries are different and I have never seen so many different types of yogurt. I have never seen sugar cane available in a US Market, even in Florida. Maybe I just wasn’t looking.

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Cana

Cana