Category Archives: Travel

Creative Juice #171

Creative Juice #171




First CJ of 2020!



Creative Juice # 168

Creative Juice # 168




Inspiring works of art and clever diversions.




Creative Juice #167

Creative Juice #167

Gorgeous artwork that will make your creative fingers itch to make more.

I have a recommendation for you. If you have access to Netflix and you’d like to see a different Santa movie, watch Klaus.

Video of the Week #230: Florence–Making Art the Old Way


Creative Juice #166

Creative Juice #166

Neat stuff found online.

St. Anthony’s Monastery, Part 1: The Architecture


The main church, St. Anthony’s

In the summer of 1995, six monks traveled from Mount Athos in Greece to the Arizona desert to build a monastery. They acquired 165 acres outside Florence, Arizona, and began construction. Today, St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery houses 65 monks.

The monastery is truly an oasis in the desert, physically and spiritually. Portions of the facility are open to the public. There is a strict dress code, and visitors are asked not to engage the monks.

In case you’re interested, on Thursday I posted some pictures of doors on the monastery grounds.

After a brief orientation with a monastery book store volunteer, the first stop on the self-guided tour is the main church, St. Anthony’s. A pair of gold-painted lions flank the front door.


The interior is highly ornamented in the Byzantine style. The altar is located behind the red curtain and is off-limits to visitors.


The candles in the massive brass chandelier are lit on major feast days.


Tall wooden seats line the walls of the church. Normally, worshippers stand during the service, but they can lower the seats and sit if necessary.


The floors are mostly plain tiles, with a few areas of decorative motifs including marble and granite.


Some additional furnishings in the church. (Click on the smaller images to enlarge and see captions.)

Monastery; angel candlestick

An angel adorns a tall standing candlestick.

There are several chapels on the monastery campus. Below is St. Nicholas’ Chapel.


Look at the beautiful detailing of the tower.



The two photographs below are of the interior of St. Nicholas’ Chapel.


Below is St. George’s Chapel, built in the Romanian style.



Here is another view, showing the main entrance.


The chapel has a magnificent wooden ceiling


and a lovely carved and painted wooden crucifix in the Greek Orthodox style.


Look at the lovely hand-embroidered hardanger curtain in the window.


St. Demetrios’ Chapel’s architecture is reminiscent of rural Russia.


The interior is small, but lovely.


An icon rests on an expertly carved stand.


I have lots more pictures of the monastery–enough for two more posts next week.

Guest Post: Dem Bones….Dem Bones by Frances M. Arnold

Guest Post: Dem Bones….Dem Bones by Frances M. Arnold

Thank you to Frances M. Arnold of Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances for this wonderful travel article from the series about her recent trip to Italy:

On Sunday morning, we decided to find a church to visit and happened upon Christ Church Anglican Church……

It was a gorgeous church, inside and out….

….and the people that we met were so kind. Fortunately the service was in English which made it much easier. It was moving to go forward for communion and have the Vicar place the bread into my hands…very different from me taking it from a tray.

After lunch we wanted to do one more “touristy” thing and picked…..

The Cimitero della Fontanelle !! Here is some of the history of this cemetery…..

The cemetery is an ossuary located in an old quarry on the high end of Naples. In the 16th century, churches with crowded cemeteries started moving the bones of their long dead in the cave to make room for the newly dead. The remains were interred shallowly and then joined in 1656 by thousands of anonymous corpses, victims of the great plague of that year. Sometime in the late 17th century, great floods washed the remains out and into the streets. The anonymous remains were returned to the cave, at which point the cave became the unofficial final resting place for the indigent of the city in the succeeding years—a vast paupers’ cemetery.

So far so good…..then things got weird!!!

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