Whew! I almost let another month get away from me! So what have we been up to? Well, we're still exploring, so here are just a few pictures of our explorations.
First up, we visited Glencairn Museum, an amazing castle full of medieval art and antiques. A fellow named Raymond Pitcairn built it between 1928 and 1939 to be the family home. Imagine! Those windows at the left are huge, beautiful stained glass. (If you're my friend on Facebook, you may have seen a picture of the enormous living room; that is, the Great Hall.)
It turns out that Raymond also supervised the building of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, a lovely church right on the same property as the museum. It was built between 1913 and 1928, with the workshops for the stone carving, stained glass, woodword, and metalwork right on site.
It's part of the New Church, a denomination based on the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. The stained glass windows are particularly beautiful, both the traditional type and the ones that are simple patterns in glass.
Speaking of cathedrals, let's jump down to New Orleans and take a look at St. Louis Cathedral, right behind Andrew Jackson. It's the oldest Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States.
Back in Pennsylvania and very close to our home is Valley Forge National Park. This is the Memorial Arch, commemorating the arrival of General George Washington and his troops in Valley Forge.
Finally, here's a unique take on the Statue of Liberty, surrounded by a representation of "the wretched refuse of your teeming shore." We saw this in New Hope, Pennsylvania. New Hope -- seems appropriate!