What Church is it?

I found a new app with which one can fiddle with photos in ones files…I unfortunately did not paint or sketch this photo. See if you can tell me what church it is…

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sancutary of St Ann Church, Molo, Iloilo

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Skagway Alaska Episode 3

The Skagway area was originally inhabited by the Tlingit and its name derives from the Tlingit word skagua, meaning “place where the north wind blows.”

William Moore, founder of Skagway

William Moore, founder of Skagway

The town sits at the head of the Lynn Canal, the northernmost fjord of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage, Skagway was a natural conduit to the Klondike.

It was founded to service and swindle the tens of thousands of gold-crazy stampeders passing through it, the town became notoriously rough, “little better than a hell on earth,” a Canadian Mountie said.

Captain William Moore,  founder of the Town of Skagway in the 1890s

Captain William Moore, founder of the Town of Skagway in the1890s

Day and night, gunfire rang out on Broadway, the main street, and spilled out of one of the many saloons in town. Merchants, prostitutes and thieves hustled stampeders, restrained by nothing more than their talent, imagination, and scruples. These opportunists mixed with such eccentrics as a dancing bear from Russia, a man who stuffed an incredible number of China eggs into his mouth, and a balloon vendor from Italy, in a carnival of greed, deceit and violence.

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Never Forget What Happened – November 23, 2009

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Juneau Alaska, our first stop. Episode 2

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Juneau Alaska, was to be one of our first stops out of Vancouver with visits to Tracy Arm Fjord and the Sawyer Glacier “on the road” to Juneau.

The Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm  Fjord

The Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm Fjord

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Juneau, Alaska’s State Capital.

Juneau is the State Capital of Alaska. It has been the capital of Alaska since 1906, when the government of the then – District of Alaska was moved from Sitka as dictated by the U.S. Congress in 1900.

After docking, SWMbO and I set out to explore the town. One of the most important things we’re looking for is the ‘churches’ and we found one of the most important. In addition, one of the first things that we notice as we walk up Franklin Street is the Red Dog Saloon which basically dominates the main intersection in downtown Juneau.

The Red Dog Saloon is the most famous of the colourful drinking establishments in Juneau. It’s only been in its current highly visible location since 1988 when it was moved intact from a couple of blocks up Franklin Street. The church follows soon thereafter and a surprise it will be…

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Russian America, A look at Alaska’s History. Episode 1

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Alaska. Episode 1. In order to understand the development of this region. I feel it is necessary to look at the history of Alyeska (as the Russian’s called it).

The Flag of Russian America [Alyeska]

The Flag of Russian America [Alyeska]

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The Capital of Russian America in what is now called Sitka

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Alaska is where we’re headed, On the Road Again!

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arriving in Juneau, Alaska

arriving in Juneau, Alaska

Alaska, that’s right! We’re on the Road Again this time we’re headed ‘North to Alaska’. We recently had the opportunity to go to Alaska on a seven day cruise from Vancouver, BC with the Holland America Line.

If you were to ask me well, why on earth would you go there. I would have had difficulty answering you before we went, other than giving you the same platitudes you could expect, the scenery, the wilderness and that kind of thing. But, as a result of having been there and experienced it personally I will now answer you this way: Continue reading

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The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Calinog, Iloilo

This is a fabulous photo of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Calinog which arrived on our desk this week with no information on who the copyright holder maybe. We have tried to determine that owner without success. We share it here with you after having cleaned it up a bit. A Beautiful photo of the Church and the Convento, on the right of the church, taken from across the Town Plaza.

Calinog

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Tomorrow is Rememberance Day 2014

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Tomorrow will be the 96th Anniversary of the Armistice to end The War to End all Wars in November 1918.

A Hero!

A Hero

Our Remberance this years is more immediate in that we remember a Fallen Member of the Canadian Forces in the person of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a Reservist and a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment based in Hamilton, Ontario. He was on Honour Guard Duty at the Tomb of the Unknown in Ottawa with his best friend Cpl Brendan Stevenson, when he was savagely murdered by a member of ISIS in just the past few weeks. Terrorist Bastards! Continue reading

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Rememberance Day 2014 is coming soon!

In just a few days we will be Remembering, in part, the day 96 years ago when the Armistice to end The War to End All Wars was signed and World War I ended at the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month.

Armistice Negotitations in Compiegne, France 1918

Armistice Negotitations in Compiegne, France 1918

Signing of the Armistice, Compiegne, France, 1918

Signing of the Armistice, Compiegne, France, 1918

The painting above depicts the signature of the armistice in the railway carriage at Compiegne, France. Behind the table, from right to left, General Weygand, Marshal Foch (standing) and British Admiral Rosslyn Wemyss and fourth from the left, British Naval Captain Jack Marriott. In the foreground, Erzberger, Major General Detlof von Winterfeldt (with helmet), Alfred von Oberndorff and Ernst Vanselow.

Here is a brief outline of  what occured: ” On 3 October 1918, Erzberger entered the government of Prince Max von Baden as a Staatssekretär (Secretary of State) without a specified portfolio. On 6 November 1918, a reluctant Erzberger was sent to negotiate with the Allies in the Forest of Compiègne. Prince Max supposed that Erzberger, as a Catholic civilian, would be more acceptable to the allies than a Prussian military officer; in addition, he believed that Erzberger’s reputation as a man of peace was unassailable.

Against hopes that Erzberger would be able to obtain better conditions from the Allies, Ferdinand Foch, the chief Allied negotiator, was unwilling to make any concessions, with the exception of a slight extension of the time alloted to the German army to withdraw. Erzberger was unsure whether he should hold out for further changes in Germany’s favour. On 10 November, Paul von Hindenburg himself telegraphed back that the armistice should be signed, modifications.  A while later, the new Chancellor, the Social Democrat Friedrich Ebert, telegraphed authorizing Erzberger to sign.

As the head of the German delegation, he signed the armistice ending World War I on 11 November 1918 at Compiègne with French representative Ferdinand Foch. He made a short speech on the occasion, protesting the harshness of the terms, and concluded by saying that “a nation of seventy millions can suffer, but it cannot die”. Foch ignored Erzberger’s attempt to shake his hand and is said to have replied, “Très bien”.

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St Pierre Church, Havre St Pierre, Quebec.

havre_saint_pierreIn 1857, a group of Acadian families from the Magdalen Islands, who had previously been deported from Savannah (Georgia, USA), settled on Eskimo Point (Pointe aux Esquimaux). The first mass was held on June 29, 1857, day of the feast of Saint Pierre (St Peter) in a mission Chapel built in the settlement.

St Pierre Church as it stands today actually opened in 1960. The original parish church opened in 1872 as the Parish of Saint-Pierre-de-la-Pointe-aux-Esquimaux. The same year the settlement’s post office opened under the name Esquimaux Point.

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