Churches

From Gothic cathedrals and country churches to sprawling monasteries and hill-top fortresses

Aegidienkirche in Hannover, Germany

So what’s the deal with Hannover?

Munich is known for its Oktoberfest.  Berlin has the Berlin Wall. Heidelberg is home to one of the prettiest castles in Germany.  But what's the deal with Hannover?  We live just an hour south, yet other than the fact that it's the local seat of government for...
Cologne Cathedral in Germany

Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s Most Visited Landmark

Covering considerably more square meters of ground than an American football field,  Cologne Cathedral towers over its city of roughly 10 million.  Construction on Kölner Dom - as the monstrous Gothic church is known in Germany - began in the year 1248.  Work ...

Photo Highlights of Père-Lachaise Cemetery

On the morning of our last day in Paris, Travis and I visited one last attraction - the Cemetery of Père-Lachaise.  After spending three wonderful days exploring the city with our friends, we'd said goodbye to them the night before after our guided tour of the...
escargots at Sacre-Coeur, Paris

Sacred Snails of Sacre-Coeur

One thing that always strikes me about Paris is that, like many of the larger cities in Europe,  it's flat - really flat.  With few exceptions, most of the buildings reach a fairly uniform height, and from a distance, perspective is lost as they merge into a b...

Khoasimodo and the Bells of Notre Dame

Perhaps it was luck, perhaps it was fate that our first trip to Paris ended up being with a friend whose name is Khoa.  Pronounced Kwa, it's not surprising that an easy-going prankster like our friend would become the target of countless jokes revolving around...

Easter Weekend In Old Town Prague

Travis and I are really still such outdoor folks at heart that sometimes it's hard for us to get excited about trips like our Easter road-trip to Prague.  Despite typically having a long list of cool attractions to see, planning a trip to a big city requires a...
St Barbara Cathedral in Kutna Hora

The Cathedral of St. Barbara

During our road trip to Prague for Easter, we visited the Cathedral of St. Barbara - patron saint of miners.  Before then, we'd never heard of the church.  Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and regarded by many as one of the most spectacular Gothic cathed...
Raven and human skeleton art at Sedlec Ossuary

Sedlec Ossuary, The Church of Bones

Last year on Easter we camped at an abandoned castle in Spain, a memory that's still pretty hard to top.  This year we wanted to go somewhere much closer for the holiday, but couldn't decide where.  We wanted it to fit nicely into a 4-day weekend without havin...

Walking Tour of London

London is such an awesome city.  I challenge anyone to visit and not enjoy it! Our second day in London is still a blur.  We walked so much, saw so many attractions, and were so exhausted by the end of the day that even Travis could barely remember which rout...
Biserica Nasterea Maicii Domnului in Romania

Biserica Nasterea Maicii Domnului

If you actually opened this blog, I'm amazed.  Either you speak Romanian or curiosity just got the better of you.  For those who are wondering, the Biserica Nasterea Maicii Domnului is an Orthodox church in Săpânța on the very same grounds as the Merry Cemeter...