Glastonbury Abbey is the site of a spectacular set of ruins of an ancient 12th century monastery. Located in south west England, Glastonbury Abbey was an extremely worthy afternoon excursion. Walking through the ruins of the ancient monastery makes you feel like you have stepped into another time, and they are filled with incredible photo […]
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A place wrapped up in mysteries an legends, Chalice Well in south west England is a peaceful stop on a tour of the area. The Chalice Well is one of many sacred wells located throughout the country. It is of particular note because legends say that Joseph of Arimithea either washed or buried the cup […]
The ornate decorations and antiquated train cars that we saw in the subway station in St Petersburg Russia looked like they came from another era (they actually reminded me of the antique subway cars that we saw at a museum in New York from the 50’s and 60’s). The subway station itself was ornately […]
Glastonbury Tor in south west England is a magical and beautiful place. Myths and legends surround it…some say it is the entrance to the fabled Isle of Avalon, and that it is tied closely with the legends of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Even if none of that holds any interest for you, the […]
Little, picturesque, medieval villages dot the countryside in the South of France like jewels in a crown. This photo was taken in Entrechaux, France, after an exhilarating bicycle adventure. Because these villages in the Cote du Rhone region of France are not well connected by public transit (you really need to have a car), they are relatively light on […]
This temple looked older than time itself. It was slowly deteriorating, and it looked like the moss growing all over it might have been playing a role in holding it together. Quiet hung around the ancient monument like a child hanging on its mother’s skirts. The atmosphere in this off the beaten path temple in […]
One of the great things about wandering around in Porto Portugal are all of the winding streets that crisscross the hillside next to the Douro River. You can get lost wandering the skinny streets and back alleyways of Porto. Wandering off the beaten path, you get a candid glimpse into the lives of the people […]
I found the sincerity of the offerings that we saw being made at the temples that we visited around Thailand to be refreshing. It was clearly evident that the majority of the people who were there to worship at the temple in Thailand felt a deep connected to their faith. They had taken time out […]
Ah, the beautiful coast line of the south of France on the Mediterranean ocean! Perpetually blue water that looks to good to be true, kissing endless miles of beautiful beaches and dramatic coastline. This looks even more inviting now than it did when I was visiting France in July (the cold weather is just setting in here […]
The giant bells fascinated me at this temple in Thailand. What a beautiful way to announce your prayers! We saw bells like these at a number of different Buddhist temples around the country. Can anyone enlighten me about exactly how these are used in Buddhist practice?