8.4.14 – 8.5.14 … butterflies and sunflowers …

The Great France and Spain Adventure of 2014, Opel, Burgos, Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, The Butterfly’s Daughter, sunflowers, Saint Thecla, literary themes, butterfly soul theme: So I headed out on my great adventure.  My backpack weighs a mere 11 pounds!

As I flew across the big pond, I read a book highly recommended to me, The Butterfly’s Daughter.  It was excellent!


It has one of my favorite literary themes, butterfly soul theme.  See Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs – Google Books.

Upon landing, I checked out my little red Opel and headed north.  And the sunflowers were amazing!

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My first stop was Burgos.  Very beautiful!



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The church has a Latin cross plan with three naves. It also has a very big octagonal dome that is 36 meters high. The main altarpiece calls attention with its Romanesque style. There are polychrome alabaster sculptures created by Pere Joan that are dated to the 15th century . The top part has episodes of the Virgin’s life and the lower part shows that of Santa Tecla, the patron saint of the city. There is a choir that occupies the central space of the main nave and has chairs from Flanders from the 15th century. There is a chapel dedicated to Santa Tecla that was started in 1775 and has Churrigueresque decoration from J. Prats.

via Spain: The Best Cathedrals in Spain – TripAdvisor.

Then I drove on and on and on  to Sarlat.

So does anyone know who Saint Thecla was?

According to the Acts of Paul and Thecla, Thecla was a young noble virgin who listened to Paul’s “discourse on virginity” and became Paul’s follower and a Disciple of Paul’s teachings and Ministry. Thecla’s mother and her fiancé Thamyris became concerned Thecla would follow Paul’s demand “one must fear only one God and live in chastity”, and punished both Paul and Thecla.

Thecla was miraculously saved from burning at the stake by the onset of a storm and traveled with Paul to Antioch of Pisidia. There a nobleman named Alexander desired Thecla and attempted to take her by force. Thecla fought him off, assaulting him in the process, and was put on trial for assaulting a nobleman. She was sentenced to be eaten by wild beasts, but was again saved by a series of miracles when the female beasts protected her against her male aggressors.

via Thecla – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.



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