A visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican museum to boot. Walk around the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Our last full day in Europe.
Arrival in Rome and some time with the faithful on the sabbath day in St. Peter’s basilica. A pleasant stroll through Rome seeing familiar sights along with weekend romans enjoying the weather.
Overcast weather for a day trip into Florence. Walking past famous and familiar sights plus a visit to the Accademia (no lines for same day visitors!) where we were practically alone viewing the David by Michelangelo (no photos allowed).
A day of travel through the wine country of Tuscany on our way to Sienna. Saw Sienna’s striking colors and contrasts on a day with clouds skittering through the air. Finished the day at San Gimignano as the skies covered over with grey and the towers stood mute.
Wonderful worship at the Waldensian Church in Milan followed by a stroll around the city. The sanctuary was beautifully renovated … but I forgot to take photos! It was a “no car” day in the city so everyone was out strolling or on bikes (no cars to hop around!).
A long train travel day from Arles to Milano via the Cote d’ Azure and many tunnels in Italy! Wonderful to arrive with friends from the Waldensian Church in Milano for dinner and gracious hospitality of the Mack family.
Good day touring Geneva, the museum on the history of the reformation, St. Pierre church and countless other Calvin legacies, finished with Setri and Akpene Nyomi for a delightful dinner together.
Arrived in a delightful bed and breakfast in Aze. Took a look around Taize to prepare for worship the next day.
Good day walking around Paris, seeing old friend Scott Herr, Pastor of the American Church. Thoroughly battered feet by day’s end!
A day of discovery into a lost branch of my family in Elgin. Seeing a church where two generations were married and a field first plowed by my Norwegian pioneer 2nd Great Grandfather.
Wonderful day of worship with my grandmother and people that remembered my father growing up. Took a photo of the church sign across the street from the home in which my father was raised.
Helpful spiritual direction and a last full day with the brothers at St. John’s Abbey