At any rate, I finally got them, along with a nice little list of facts about the basilica and a suggestion that I go to their website to get more information. At this very late date, I'm not going to do that, but I will put a link to the website HERE. And I will copy and paste her list for some fast facts. Then, the pictures...
The Basilica has seventy(!) chapels and oratories
It is the eighth largest churches in the world(and the largest Catholic church in America)
The interior of the Basilica currently includes 75,545 square feet of mosaic and they're still not finished
The arches in the Crypt Church are supported by 10-ton granite columns
The Crypt Church is modeled on ancient Christian catacombsThe beautiful ceramic work in the Crypt Church was done by an artist named Mary Chase Stratton
Now for the photos she sent me. She loves the crypt and so took a number of pictures there. Plus, she was the one who chose what to send me and I think she was probably too judgmental - I liked all the pictures she took. :)
This first one is the ceiling dome in the Our Lady of the Rosary chapel. The next four are of some of the ceramic plaques in the Crypt Chapel.
So that was a nice ending to a lot of sightseeing. No huge crowds, no hassle getting to the basilica and enjoying it with my daughter.
Getting all the way home to Huntington was sure nice, aside from being faced with various and sundry condo association problems. I've done a fair amount of cooking, had a real nice dinner at The Bistro, a restaurant that I treat myself to just every now and then, my first week home saw and/or talked with all my friends, all of which added to my pleasure at being back.
Now it's getting close to Christmas and this year I'll be headed to DC a fair amount earlier than usual cause Chris called to see if I'd like a ticket to see the Nutcracker ballet on the 17th or 18th as an early Christmas present. He's never seen it and even though I've seen it I think about five times over the years, I'm always willing to see it again.
If I don't post again before the holidays, I hope anyone and everyone reading this has a wonderful holiday season however they may happen to celebrate - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, winter solstice, or any others I don't even know about! And having written that, it made me curious so I Googled December religious holidays and discovered it's a very busy month for many different faiths. If you'd like to read about it just click HERE.