cathedral ceiling.
One of many beautiful and intricate ceilings in the Burgos Cathedral.

cathedral ceiling.

One of many beautiful and intricate ceilings in the Burgos Cathedral.

basilica of our lady of pilar.
The colourful rooftops of Zaragoza’s (Saragossa) Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar.

basilica of our lady of pilar.

The colourful rooftops of Zaragoza’s (Saragossa) Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar.

near montserrat.
A rocky mountain side near Montserrat, Spain.

near montserrat.

A rocky mountain side near Montserrat, Spain.

dancer.
Metal sculpture by Julio Nieto found in Barcelona, Spain.

dancer.

Metal sculpture by Julio Nieto found in Barcelona, Spain.

santiago de compostela cathedral.
During a recent trip to Europe, my Mom and I had the opportunity to join the pilgrims’ mass at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (or St. James’ Cathedral). At the end of the mass, a gigantic botafumeiro (incensory) swings from one end of the cathedral to the other like a pendulum. It weighs over 170 pounds and takes almost a dozen men to get it going.

santiago de compostela cathedral.

During a recent trip to Europe, my Mom and I had the opportunity to join the pilgrims’ mass at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (or St. James’ Cathedral). At the end of the mass, a gigantic botafumeiro (incensory) swings from one end of the cathedral to the other like a pendulum. It weighs over 170 pounds and takes almost a dozen men to get it going.

sagrada familia.
Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a magnificent piece of architecture designed by Antoni Gaudi.

sagrada familia.

Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a magnificent piece of architecture designed by Antoni Gaudi.

hotel porta fira.
Hotel Porta Fira, winner of the 2010 Emporis Award, is where my mom and I stayed during our two nights in Barcelona, Spain.

hotel porta fira.

Hotel Porta Fira, winner of the 2010 Emporis Award, is where my mom and I stayed during our two nights in Barcelona, Spain.

cool bench.
A cool looking bench I saw at Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga, Portugal.

cool bench.

A cool looking bench I saw at Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga, Portugal.

oratory ceiling.
This is the ceiling within the oratory at the Templar’s Convent of Christ. I took so many photographs of this one room, but none of can do justice to the beautiful art within it.

oratory ceiling.

This is the ceiling within the oratory at the Templar’s Convent of Christ. I took so many photographs of this one room, but none of can do justice to the beautiful art within it.

entrance.
This door leads to the oratory at the Templar’s Convent of Christ in Tomar, Portugal. My jaw dropped when I saw the art painted within this one building. It was absolutely spectacular!

entrance.

This door leads to the oratory at the Templar’s Convent of Christ in Tomar, Portugal. My jaw dropped when I saw the art painted within this one building. It was absolutely spectacular!

gothic arches.
This photo was taken in the Monastery of Santa Maria d’Alcobaça, which is located north of Lisbon. I absolutely loved the monastery’s simple interior and tall arches. It is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

gothic arches.

This photo was taken in the Monastery of Santa Maria d’Alcobaça, which is located north of Lisbon. I absolutely loved the monastery’s simple interior and tall arches. It is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

belém tower.
The Belém Tower, also known as the tower of St. Vincent, is located in Lisbon, Portugal. My Mom and I had the opportunity to see this UNESCO World Heritage site a couple of weeks ago.

belém tower.

The Belém Tower, also known as the tower of St. Vincent, is located in Lisbon, Portugal. My Mom and I had the opportunity to see this UNESCO World Heritage site a couple of weeks ago.

door.
During a tour of the Templar’s Convent of Christ, this little door caught my eye.

door.

During a tour of the Templar’s Convent of Christ, this little door caught my eye.

oratory door.
This door leads to the oratory in the Templar’s Convent of Christ located in Tomar, Portugal. This property is on the World Heritage list of UNESCO.

oratory door.

This door leads to the oratory in the Templar’s Convent of Christ located in Tomar, Portugal. This property is on the World Heritage list of UNESCO.

proud as a peacock.
This is one of the peacocks that roam around the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

proud as a peacock.

This is one of the peacocks that roam around the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

NIGHTNIGHT by DEDDY