Saturday, September 29, 2018
"he Plaza Mayor is presided over by a statue of the founder of the city, Pedro Ansúrez constructed in 1903 by Aurelio Carretero.
"On the northern flank of its rectangular layout, stands the Casa Consistorial, seat of the Town Hall of Valladolid. The previous building, dating from the sixteenth century survived until 1879, but had been reformed over time. For example, in the mid-nineteenth century, a tower for a clock was built in the center of the facade. The existing building had a long beginning. First there was a design contest for the new Consistory, a project won by the local architect Antonio Iturralde, who presented a draft that, while the winner, not well liked. Iturralde died in 1897 and Enrique Repullés and Vargas took over the work. The Iturralde draft was discarded and a new building of Beaux-Arts architecture was constructed and completed in 1908." ~ Wikipedia
Friday, September 28, 2018
Thursday, September 27, 2018
My first stop on my way to the starting point of my hike after leaving the airport in Madrid was the Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas in the ancient pre-Roman city of Valladolid.
It's a monastery of Cistercian nuns established by Pope Clement III in 1187 to feed and care for poor pilgrims traveling the Camino de Santiago.
Surfing music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viE93fErPk0
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Just got back from Spain where I hiked some 100+ kilometers of the Camino de Santiago. But my journey started, as many do, at National Airport where I caught a small commuter flight to New York's John F. Kennedy airport. I'll share images from that trek over the next several days to give me both a time to catch my breath and to reflect on the experience.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Thursday, September 13, 2018
This is a campground along the Potomac River (background). It's normally high and dry. But as you may be able to tell from this photo, it's now mostly underwater with more flooding expected as Florence drops its prodigious moisture on the Appalachian mountains.
This will be my last "live" post for a while. I'll be hiking for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I'll pre-post several more days of local pics. See you again soon!
Monday, September 10, 2018
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Kind of looks like an unripe potato, huh. But it's actually the fruit of the pawpaw tree, a species native to the eastern United States and Canada. This time of year you mostly find them where I found this one, rotting on the ground. According to Wikipedia, chilled pawpaw fruit was a favorite dessert of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson planted it at his home here in Virginia, called Monticello.