Friday, February 26, 2016

In Redmond

Zizi, ready for bed. She requested her pajamas with the yetis on them.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

In Issaquah

Today we went out to Issaquah to see the former chapel of the Sisters of Providence at Providence Heights. It is now unoccupied.

The windows are by a French artist named Gabriel Loire. Pretty cool. We couldn't figure out this one. I am guessing St Elizabeth of Hungary.

Loved this one.

It was a trifle eerie.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Museum of the Legion of Honor

We ended the day at the Museum of the Legion of Honor. There is a special show on of Bonnard paintings, including this one of a cat stretching.

Mission and Basilica

We visited Mission Dolores (left) and the newer Basilica (right). Archbishop Connolly was pastor here when he was summoned to Seattle, and all his devoted parishioners wept copiously when he left.

Old and new

We went to Mass at the Cathedral of San Francisco.

Buildings just aren't as modern as they used to be.

Then we went to Mission Dolores.

A diorama of the Mission as it appeared in 1791. Who needs drones when you can do scale models?

Monday, February 22, 2016

On the Coast Highway

One of our dreams has been to drive along the Coast Highway. It did not disappoint.

Another Cathedral and another Mission

We stopped at the Monterey Cathedral, named, like the Mission, for San Carlos Borromeo.


We also stopped by Mission Santa Cruz.

Exposition was underway inside.

In Carmel-by-the-Sea

We visited the Mission at Carmel.

It is called the "crown jewel" of the Missions and we thought it compared favorably with San Juan Capistrano, the "jewel" of the Missions.

Mission lizard:

Father Serra himself is buried under the altar, and the beautiful cemetery includes many graves for Indian converts, including one who died, according to his tombstone, at the age of 151. 

Father Serra's room:

Another California day

We started off today with a visit to the Cathedral of Christ our Light in Oakland.

The Child Jesus:

The Chrism oil still shows on the walls!

Beautiful stations.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Among the undergrads

This afternoon we sadly took the girls back to their respective campuses. Christina gave us a quick tour of her dorm. Casa Italiana is the most desirable dorm on campus -- in fact, C and her roommate made headlines when they got into this dorm.  Read all about it!

C's desk:

E's dorm is also named Casa Italiana, coincidentally. E's wall hangings have a lot more coding allusions than C's: 

We stopped at In and Out Burger for dinner. It was jam-packed. Customer #17 ordered a simply extraordinary number of burgers.

Sunday in SF

We went to Mass at St Ignatius on the USF campus.

They don't have an officially designated Door of Mercy, but they do have a doorway of mercy.

In the afternoon, we went to Grace Cathedral for evensong.

Cute raccoons in one of the murals.

Nice try, Grace Cathedral. No one can light just one.

Beautiful light in the transept.

Attendance at the beautiful Evensong service rivaled what we have experienced in the great cathedrals of England. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

At Stinson Beach

Today we went to Stinson Beach. It took many hairpin turns to get there, but we made it.

The water was colder than it looked.

I found a heart-shaped rock:

Quadruple selfie. It took some time to ensure that no one's head appeared unduly large, but so worth it.

Art shots amid the beach grass.

On the way back we stopped at a beautiful little Catholic cemetery.

Back in The City.