Saturday, October 4, 2008


Some church photos

I took many photos of churches and have friends who are interested so here are some of them. Not all are gorgeous quality. I do not have a fancy Nikon with interchangeable lenses - only a little pocket Sony point and shoot. I've posted links previously as well as some other photos here and here and here.

This is the organ in the Basilica at Mondsee. It was used for our concert.
There are four corner organs in the Salzburger Dom. We were sandwiched between two of them in the transcept to the left of the altar.

This is the dome on the Salzburger Dom.
This is a limited view of St. Peters in Vienna.
This is the ornate altar. Some of us grew tired of all the clutter, gold, and fussiness of the baroque churches we saw.
This is the organ loft we were crammed into for mass.
This is St Stephen's in Vienna.
St Stephens's organ.
St Stephen's tile roof.
St Stephen's steeple is being repaired.
Dohany Synagogue in Budapest. I didn't go into this choosing to visit St Stephens instead.
St Stephen's Basilica in Budapest.
The basilica dome.
The basilica organ.
Esztergom Basilica near Budapest.
Inside Esztergom.
Esztergom's organ
St Mathias above Budapest. I didn't go inside.
I went for a walk by myself.
And found this church.
It is Lutheran.*
And had a most satisfactory inside.
*If you are tempted to smile, don't. He was an unknown pedestrian.

God's sense of humor

The Vatican wanted to exhume Cardinal John Henry Newman's body and rebury it alone in Birmingham, England. The good cardinal specified that he be buried with Ambrose St John. The Vatican will not be denied except by God. As reported by Ruth Gledhill, when they excavated the gravesite, they found nothing. Snicker. Yea, God!

Nice but why?

Virginia Theological Seminary is awarding honorary doctorates to 5 people including our bishop Sean Rowe. It's nice that Bishop Sean will be honored with the Doctor in Divinity, honoris causa, degree but I'm curious to know why he was chosen. The article in ELO doesn't say. Do VTS grads automatically get doctorates when they become bishops?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday cat blogging 2

Tommy watches Jellico warily before coming to eat.

PuddyTat wants scritched too.

Work ahead

I can drive over the branches but I need to get this out of the driveway. It fell while I was gone. Looks like lightning may have struck the top of the tree. It will not be easy to get rid of. Too heavy to pull down. Just another project on the todo list.

Friday cat blogging

Dudie stalks me.

While Tim reaches for a scritch.

And Jellico sits and watches.

Friday shuffle

1. Einhorn: Voices of Light, Sacrament - Anonymous 4
2. Cry - Johnnie Ray
3. Gloria Al Niño Ricardo - Paco de Lucia
4. Atlantis - Donovan
5. I Feel the Blues Moving In - Del McCoury
6. Music! Music! Music! - Teresa Brewer
7. Schubert: Symphony #9 - von Karajan
8. A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders
9. Walton: Nunc dimitis - Trinity Choir
10. Brahms: Gesang der Parzen - Shaw/Atlanta

The blues have moved in here too. sigh. This too will pass.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Some favorite photos

We walked up and down this hill many times between the hostel and town. The foggy greyness was with us for most of the first week.
Mondsee countryside.
The Basilica at Mondsee. St Michael is the patron.
A funeral procession.
Box lunch sandwich made us laugh.
A tunnel on the road to Eagle's Nest.
The canal which brings water to Salzburg.
The Mondsee basilica at night.
Mallards and a duck with lovely tail feathers in a pond in front of one of the numerous palaces.
Across the Danube.

Folks in photo teased me about the computer store.

From one country to another across the Danube.
Parliament in Budapest.
Chain Bridge in Budapest.

Now it is time to put Austria behind me and get on with life. sniff.