Friday, May 31, 2013

Random Pictures of Lyon, France, photos by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Random Pictures of Lyon, France, photos by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Reasons to visit Lyon, France:
- It is the third largest city in France;
- It is the Gourmet Capital of France;
- It was the capital of Gaul during the Roman times;
- It was the silk capital during the Renaissance;
- It costs less than Paris, France;
- St. Jean Marie Vianney lived here;
-  Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of the Little Prince, lived here.

Here's a Wikipedia link for more information about Lyon, France:

Top - Roman ruins in Lyon, France; amphitheater is still used;
Next - Picture of Dardilly;
Next - downtown building with mural of famous Lyonnaise
Next - That's Cecilia in front of a mural
Next - Atelier du Griffon (Wigmaker's Workshop)
Next - Church
Next - Church
Bottom - Restaurant

tags: Lyon, France, travel, Roman city, ruins, Antoine Saint Exupery, food, gourmet capital

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Food and Wine in France - photos by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Food and Wine in France, photos by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

tags: France, Europe, Paris, food, wine, bread, pastries, meat, cuisine

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sacred Places in France - photos by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Here are some pictures of Catholic Churches in France, which I took.

"Here God dwells for those who call on Him." ~ Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Top: Chapel on Blomet St., Paris France
Next: Baune, France
Next: Dardilly, Lyon, France
Next: Basilica, Lyon, France


tags: Catholic churches, chapels, basilicas, religion,devotion, God, Jesus, Christianity

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Stain Glass Windows in Paris Chapel, photos by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Stain glass Windows in Paris Chapel, photos by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

I took these pictures of stain glass in a small chapel in Paris, France. The bottom picture shows the exterior of this small chapel in a former nunnery on Blomet St., Paris. The place is now the Clinique Blomet, 136 bis rue Blomet, 75015, Paris.

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tags: Catholic, church, chapel, religion, stain glass windows, travel, France, Paris

Monday, May 27, 2013

St. Jean-Marie Vianney, Cure of Ars - pictures by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard


Do you remember St. Jean-Marie Vianney?  He's the patron saint of parish priests. The following information is from the site Sacred Destinations:

"During his lifetime, St. John Vianney founded an orphanage for girls and became internationally famous for his spiritual direction. He was known for his powerful sermons, personal example of holiness and his ability to perform miracles. He was said to be able to read souls in the confessional and predict future events.

Throughout France there was a saying, "There is a holy man in Ars; go and see him." And people did - between 1830 and 1845 an average of 300 people visited Ars every day to meet with St. John Vianney. He slept only two hours a night so he could serve all the pilgrims, and spent up to 17 hours a day hearing confessions.

The Curé of Ars also ate little, dressed in old clothes and slept on a hard bed. He was said to have been attacked by the Devil regularly, including one famous incident in which the Devil set the saint's bed on fire."

I had the privilege of visiting his home in Dardilly, Lyon, France and the church there. I also visited the Basilica in Ars with his preserved body.

St. Jean-Marie Vianney, pray for us!

Here are some pictures:
Top: Home of Jean-Marie Vianney;
Next: Altar in church near his home;
Next: Main Altar of the Basilica of Ars;
Bottom: The Incorrupt Body of St. Jean-Marie Vianney

 tags; Catholic, religion, saints, France, Dardilly, Ars, Lyon, St. Jean-Marie Vianney, St. John Vianney

Friday, May 24, 2013

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Paris, France - photos by Cecilia Brainard

Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Paris, France
I visited this chapel where Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure of the Daughters of Charity.
For more information, click on the site below:

tags: Paris, France, Catholic, Mary, Pilgrim Site, Marian, pilgrimage

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Notre Dame the Paris, and Details - Pictures by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Notre Dame the Paris, and Details - Pictures by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
I took these pictures of Notre Dame, showing the back, side, and front, and also close-up of two gargoyles in the back. The side shows the flying buttresses very well.

The building of Notre Dame began in 1160, although construction and reconstruction went on for hundreds of years.
tags: churches, Notre Dame, France, Gothic, Catholic

Monday, May 20, 2013

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France - Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

tags: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Saturday, May 11, 2013



Happy Mother's Day!

Photos, from Top to Bottom: Concepcion Cuenco Manguerra, Filomena Alesna Cuenco, Remedios Diosomito Lopez Cuenco, Juana Lopez

Friday, May 10, 2013

Quote from Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi Quote

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always." ~Mahatma Gandhi

tags: Mahatma Gandhi, Peace, Truth, Love, God

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Quote by Nikola Tesla

Quote by Nikola Tesla - I love this!

“My brain is only a receiver. In the Universe, there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists.” -Nikola Tesla

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Door - San Miguel Allende, photo by Cecilia Brainard

Door - San Miguel Allende, photo by Cecilia Brainard

tags: travel, architecture, doors

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Egypt - Column Building in Ancient Building - photo by Cecilia Brainard

Egypt - This unfinished part of an ancient structure shows development of the Column - photo by Cecilia Brainard

tags: Egypt, columns, architecture, ancient

Monday, May 6, 2013

Tourist YouTube sites re Glamorous Philippines

I posted two articles that knocked the Philippines, and for balance, I'm posting links to some YouTube clips put out by the Department of Tourism in the Philippines. I know... I know... it's from the Department of Tourism, so these are showing the Philippines glamor sites. But these also exist in the Philippines.

tags: travel, Philippines, Asia, tropics

Heiter Cinco de Mayo Celebration - Maryknoll Reunion in Palm Dessert

Heiter Cinco de Mayo Celebration - Maryknoll Reunion in Palm Dessert

Andy and Tina Borja Heiter hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration in their Palm Dessert home. Present were Tina's college classmates from Maryknoll College, Quezon City: Maria Navarro Ciocon, Lucy Adao McGinley, Med Villanueva, Esther Quintos Parker, Chona Saligumba Preston, Milette Estrada, Marieda Alba Cruz, and Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. Tina's classmate and cousin, Nati and Beverly respectively were present with their husbands Luis and Jan. Some of the "Maryknoll" husbands were present: Patrick McGinley, Owen Parker, Lauren Brainard, Pat Cruz, and  Andy Heiter (the funniest Swiss I've ever met!).

Tina and Andy had traditional Mexican food (for 50 people at least!) and background Mariachi music; and everyone had a great time catching up and bonding. Last year, the Heiters had hosted a luncheon for Tina's Maryknoll classmates as well.

My camera's batteries were low, but I was able to capture some images. For the group photos, I will have to wait for the others to email them, and I will post in this blog entry.

Thank you Tina and Andy, and to all --- great seeing you!


 Photos: l-r
top - Group photo, Seated l-r:  Chona, Esther, Nati, Beverly; Standing l-r: Med, Marie, Maria, Tina, Cecilia, Milette, and Lucy
next - That's Andy with Jay and Beverly in the kitchen
next -  Owen, Jay, Andy, Pat
next - Patrick Lauren, Luis
next - the husbands outside
next - the husbands outside
next - the ladies: Chona, Esther, Nati
next - Marieda and Maria
next - the ladies
last - seated l-r: Chona, Esther, Nati; Standing l-r: Lucy, Milette

All for now,
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