Churches

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

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...

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...
Merry Cemetery of Săpânța, Romania

The Merry Cemetery of Săpânța

He who laughs last, laughs loudest. Clearly the dead can't laugh.  Or can they?  To the Dacians of ancient Romania, death was merely the next step in a long journey, one that didn't necessarily end with the extinction of one's earthly body.  To them, deat...
Arched windows of the Wooden Church of Surdesti, Romania

The Wooden Churches of Maramures

Among the rolling mountains of Maramureș County in the northwestern corner of Romania, nearly a hundred wooden churches dot the countryside.  Constructed primarily of solid oak, the oldest has been standing since 1364. Though they're either Orthodox or Greek-O...

Sighisoara, Birthplace of Vlad Dracula

The village of Sighișoara (See gee shwahr ah) in Transylvania, Romania is possibly most well-known as the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, but this charming town is so much more!  Originally a Roman fort, the town was colonized by settlers of Germanic descent known...