Chapelle Notre-Dame-de Lourdes, Montreal, Canada

This beautiful church located in the center of town of Montreal is a jewel of construction and was built during the years 1873-1882 by “Les Prêtres de Saint-Sulpice.” It is the work of a well known native of the land and great architect Napoleon Bourassa, son of the famous politician Henri Bourassa.

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Montreal

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de Lourdes Altar, Montreal

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de Lourdes Altar, Montreal, Canada

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de Lourdes Ceiling, Montreal

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de Lourdes Ceiling, Montreal, Canada

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de Lourdes Organ, Montreal

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de Lourdes Organ, Montreal, Canada

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de Lourdes Blue Glass Window, Montreal

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de Lourdes Blue Glass Window, Montreal

Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles Church, California

Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles Asistencia was originally founded in early 1784 within the burgeoning Pueblo de Los Ángeles as an asistencia (or “sub-mission”) to the nearby Mission San Gabriel Arcángel. The assistant mission fell into disuse over time and a Catholic chapel, La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles, was constructed in its place a mere thirty years later.
An interesting fact about this church is the very affordable and easy requirements it offers for baptism ritual. When I was visiting the church, a lengthy line in the courtyard was evident for people who were awaiting their turns in order to have their family members of any ages go through the ceremony. This church does not discriminate, period.

Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles Church, California

Pico House Building, Los Angeles, California

The Pico House is a historic building in Los Angeles, California, dating from its days as a small town in Southern California. Located on 430 North Main Street, it sits across the old Los Angeles Plaza from Olvera Street and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument.
The Pico House is listed as a California Historical Landmark and a National Historic Landmark as a part of the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District.

Pico House Building, Los Angeles, California

Union Station, Los Angeles, California_7391

Los Angeles Union Station is the main railway station in Los Angeles, California and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. It opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, replacing La Grande Station and Central Station.

Union Station, Los Angeles, California_7391

Union Station Building Main Entrance, Los Angeles, California

Union Station Building Main Entrance, Los Angeles, California

Union Station Interior, Los Angeles, California_7382

Union Station Interior, Los Angeles, California_7382

Union Station Ceiling, Los Angeles, California

The ceiling in the waiting room has the appearance of wood, but is actually made of steel.

Union Station Wood Ceiling, Los Angeles, California

Calla Lily Plant at R. Nixon Library & Museum Garden, California

This species is an annual with roselike flowers. Each blossom lasts for several weeks, and plants bloom nonstop.

Calla Lily Plant at R. Nixon Library Garden, Yorba Linda,_

Peruvian Lily Flowers at R. Nixon Library & Museum Garden, California

Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae. They are all native to South America although some have become naturalized in the United States, Mexico.

Peruvian Lily Flowers at R. Nixon Library Garden, Yorba Linda, California

Yellow Lily Flower at R. Nixon Library & Museum Garden.

Yellow Lily Flowers at R. Nixon Library Garden, Yorba Linda, California

Garden at R. Nixon Library & Museum, Yorba Linda, California

R. Nixon Library & Museum Garden, Yorba Linda, California

Flowers at R. Nixon Library & Museum Garden, Yorba Linda, California

This pale lavender flower is probably a Petunia. I do not have the certitude but that is the closest flower I know that resembles this species. The docent on the ground unfortunately could not confirm my assumption.
Flowers at R. Nixon Library Garden, Yorba Linda, California

Red California Poppy Flower at R. Nixon Library & Museum Garden, Yorba Linda, California

Red California Poppy Flower at R. Nixon Library Garden, Yorba Linda, California

Reflecting Pool at R. Nixon Library, California

The location itself is breathtaking, I really liked the courtyard that featured a nice reflecting pool the palm trees , the Pat Nixon rose garden that you can meander through, and many varieties of plants and flowers.
Reflecting Pool, R. Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, California

R. Nixon Birthplace House, Yorba Linda, California
I learned that this little house was built by his father and mother. Although Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, this wasn’t the original location of the home and was moved to be placed to the library.
R. Nixon Birthplace House, Yorba Linda, California

R. Nixon Birthplace House Entrance, Yorba Linda, California
The place is really tiny. His father built this house from a kit model and put the pieces together. The rooms are very small. It was a modest home where he grew up and learned to play several instruments, such as piano, saxophone, flute and maybe more. He loved music and thought of having music in his future. He chose politics and the rest is history.
R. Nixon Birthplace House Entrance, Yorba Linda, California