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Featured Photo: Puente Nuevo View

Featured Photo: Puente Nuevo View (Ronda, Spain)

How do you cap a leisurely day exploring a picturesque Andalucian village? With dinner overlooking the village’s newest gorge-spanning bridge (completed in 1793). Perched on the rim of El Tajo Canyon, the village of Ronda features historic bridges dating back to Roman times and a bullring. One of the famed “white villages”, Ronda seems to cling to cliff’s edge while graciously giving its visitors a quiet wander through quaint cobble-stoned streets and spectacular views of the Spanish countryside.

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Featured Photo: Two if by Sea

Featured Photo: Two if By Sea (Old North Church – Boston, Massachusetts; USA)

There was so much to absorb within the Old North Church.  Built in 1723, it is Boston’s oldest church building. Although notable simply for its historic architecture, the landmark also holds a few stories from America’s infancy.  “One if by land, two if by sea…”

Yes, it was from this steeple that Robert Newman signaled the approach of British soldiers to patriot Paul Revere.




A Fish in the State House

Atop Beacon Hill on land once owned by John Hancock, the Massachusetts State House, built in 1798, features a 23-karat gold plated copper dome and a commanding view of the Boston Common.  While a wooden pinecone reportedly tops the structure in recognition of the city’s 18th century logging industry, it is the fishing industry that has garnered the most unusual symbol.  A wooden fish, the Sacred Cod, hangs in the chambers of the House of Representatives.  Originally hung in the old State House, it has dangled from its present spot since 1895 (except for its fifty hours spent as a “codnap” victim in 1933) its head pointed approvingly toward the party in power.

John Hancock, while known most widely for his flourishing signature on America’s Declaration of Independence, was also the first governor of the state and a plaque stands at the former site of his residence next to the capitol building. The Bulfinch Entrance, facing Boston Common, commemorates the State House architect, Charles Bulfinch, who also worked on the US Capitol building and its grounds from 1918 – 1829.

Boston, and indeed all of Massachusetts, is rich with Early American history, heroes and symbols.  I appreciate the slight whimsy represented by a fish dangling over its legislators.

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Coming up:  Cliff dwellings, climbs, and canyons in Arizona; more on Boston and Cape Cod -and some Midwestern surprises.


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