Wandering Coimbra – Beira

Day 3. Smoke filled the air as we motored on to Coimbra. The closer we came to the city, the more ominous the smoke became. On the way we could see how fire had ravaged parts of the forest. We knew about the forest fires prior to our departure. The worst seemed to have passed. […]

Évora Sé Cathedral Side View

Wandering Évora – Alentejo

Day 2. The Old Town of Évora is a captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site that will delight any architecture and history buff. I am only highlighting a few of the sites; there is so much more to see and explore, which our limited time didn’t allow. Roman Temple The Roman Temple of Diana is the […]

Faro - Se Cathedral Mosaics

Wandering through Faro and Beja – Portugal

Portugal was my first experience travelling with a pre-arranged package that included flights, car rental, hotels with half board. My recently widowed touring friend, was travelling solo for the first time. She asked whether I’d be interested in joining her and I accepted right away. Her late husband’s travel agency had t taken care of […]

Warsaw Barbican Fortress

Wandering Warsaw – Poland

In June of last year, I received a call from my nephew in Poland that my brother was gravely ill. I made travel arrangements in all haste. I had been to Poland only once before about six years ago. At that time, my brother and I visited  WW II Majdanek concentration camp. My stopover was […]

Castel Satn'Angelo

Wandering Castel Sant’Angelo

Hadrian’s Mausoleum Hadrian’s last resting place proves to be an unassailable fortress that over the centuries withstood wars and incursions. Over time the Mausoleum came to be known as Castel Sant’Angelo. Castel Sant’Angelo The most poignant story about the castle dates from the late 6th, early 7th Centuries. Rome lies in ruins, the city is […]

Wandering Vatican City

Last I was in Rome as an adult was 20-25 years ago. I have no memories of visiting the Vatican; there are so many other historical buildings and locations to see that the Vatican wasn’t really on my radar. This time however I wanted a Vatican experience. My friend wished to celebrate her 60th. birthday […]

Wandering through Childhood Rome

  After an almost 1 1/2 year hiatus, here I am again.  With several projects on the go, besides work and ministry, I needed to give those my full attention.  Now I’m semi-retired and will be using my blogs to generate residual income, while at the same time celebrating sights and sounds on my wanderings. […]

Wandering Augsburg – Part 3

In a previous post we left off at St. Anna’s Church – where one of the key documents of the Reformation came to be: the Augsburg Confession, presented to the Holy Roman Emperor at the Diet of Augsburg on June 25, 1530. It consisted of 28 articles of faith, which became the foundational document of […]

Wandering through Herrnhut, Saxony

When the opportunity came to meet with my second brother, whom I hadn’t seen for more than six years, we agreed to meet half-way. He lives in Poland so we each travelled around 600 Km to Herrnhut in Saxony.  The area holds special interest for me, since I researched and wrote about Count von Zinzendorf […]