Clock and Crosses

Esher, England

Christ Church Esher is very typical of the churches one sees in England.  A clock on the main steeple & different crosses on the tops, beautiful as they reach to the sky.

Camera used:  iPhone

Christ Church Esher

Esher, England

Church yards can be amazing, particularly in Europe where their cemeteries are located in the yard of the church.  I loved walking around this church yard, looking at some of the interesting grave stones.

Camera used:  iPhone

Church

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We went to Kauai’s Shrimp Truck and after a yummy lunch, I found this spot in front of the church was a perfect place to put my feet up and RELAX!

Old North Church

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It was in this tower of the Old North Church that the signal was sent out, “one if by land, and two if by sea”, one lantern or two would tell how the British were coming from Boston. At midnight on April 18, 1775, the ride of Paul Revere began, as he warned the citizens that the British were coming. This preceded the Battles of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution.

Camera used:  Canon 50D

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Worshipping

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Scy-Chazelles, France

It was in this church where Robert Schuman visited daily in the last few years of his life.  He was a very religious man who wanted peace and love between nations!

Photo taken with a Canon 50D

The Home of Robert Schuman

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Scy-Chazelles, France

The home of Robert Schuman is very modest and shows what a humble man he was!  Thanks to Marlies & Helmut Werner for bringing us here!  This photo was taken from his garden showing the back of his house with the steeple of the church he visited daily which is across the street from his home.

Photo taken with a Canon 50D

Robert Schuman’s Gardens

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Scy-Chazelles, France

Robert Schuman was an amazing man, born in Luxembourg, he grew up to be called the ‘Father of Europe’. He spent most week-ends at his home and the last few years of his life there, during which time he attended church daily. His garden is beautiful and peaceful, so I took advantage and put my feet up and RELAXED. In this photo you can see his house thru the trees to the right and the church he attended to the left.

Photo taken with an iPhone 5s

Robert Schuman’s Tomb

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Scy-Chazelles, France

Our friends, Marlies and Helmut Werner, were very excited to take us to the burial place of Robert Schuman, who was born in Luxembourg in 1886. While in Luxembourg they showed us where he lived as a child. I had never heard of him before, which is sad because he had a lot to do with helping European Countries come together and stop fighting. I can see why this was so important to him because he lived thru both World War I & World War II.

During World War II he was arrested for acts of resistance and protest against the Nazis. He was interrogated by the Gestapo but thanks to a German lawyer, he was saved from being sent to Dachau. With the help of others he escaped in 1942 and re-joined the French Resistance. He spoke out against Germany during the time when Nazi Germany was at the peak of its power.

He accomplished a lot in his life, including being the Prime Minister of France twice, Minister of Finance and Foreign Minister and he was also instrumental in building post-war Europe and is regarded as one of the founders of the European Union, the Council of Europe and NATO.

Robert Schumann became the first President of the European Parliamentary Assembly (the successor to the Common Assembly) which bestowed on him the title ‘Father of Europe’.

He died in 1963 at the age of 77 in Scy-Chazelles, France. He is buried in the church of Saint Quentin, which is across the street from his home where he spent most week-ends and the last few years of his life. (THANKS Marlies & Helmut, a GREAT video they show at this home & Wikipedia.)

Photo taken with a Canon 50D

Cathédrale Saint-Etienne

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Metz, France

Our friends, Helmut & Marlies Werner, took us to France to show us some of their favorite places. Metz was a beautiful city with it’s many churches, outdoor cafés & river views along the Moselle & Seille. I must say we have seen some beautiful churches throughout Europe and Britain! This one also, was gorgeous inside and outside as you can see by it’s ornate art work surrounding it’s door.

June 2016

Photo taken with an iPhone 5s

Protestant Temple

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Metz, France

On the banks of the River Moselle sits the Protestant Temple of Metz.  I have tried to find out exactly what religion it is, but have been unable to do so.  I found that throughout Europe people refer to the Catholic Church or the Protestant Church, however, the Protestant Church is a combination of many churches, Lutheran, Baptist, Church of England, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, to name a few.  It was built in the 1800’s by the German’s.

June 2016

Photo taken with an iPhone 5s

 

Church Along The River Alzette

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

As we walked along the River Alzette saw many bridges and churches.  Because of the high walls of the valley, as seen in this photo, you can’t hear the busy sounds of Luxembourg City that is above.

June 2016

Photos taken with an iPhone 5s

Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

We had a beautiful view of Luxembourg from our hotel! Here you can see the Cathedral of Luxembourg, Notre-Dame Cathedral. Luxembourg is a beautiful place, very green and peaceful which has beautiful parks and places to walk!

June 2016

Photo taken with a Canon 50D

St. Paul’s Cathedral

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London, England

We went on the BEST tour ever of London with our friend Roby Parisi​, GRAZIE Roby!! I wanted to go by St. Paul’s Cathedral because one of my great-great-grandfathers (5th, I believe), Sir Christopher Wren, was the architect of this beautiful church. Construction was started in 1675 and it sits on the highest point in London. This was the first cathedral built after King Henry VIII became the head of the Church of England taking it away from the Pope. You can see St. Paul’s across the River Thames with Millennium Bridge, a walking bridge, on the right.

June 2016

Photo taken with an iPhone 5s

Home of William Shakespeare

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Stratford Upon Avon, England

The River Avon majestically flows through Stratford Upon Avon which is a beautiful, quaint village where William Shakespeare was born, raised and died (1564-1616). He is remembered throughout the city. He was buried in Holy Trinity Church, whose spire you can see in the distance of this photo.

May 2016

Photo taken with a Canon 50D

Bristol Cathedral

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Bristol, England

We spent the day in Bath and then returned to Bristol where we were staying. We had walked over to the Bristol Cathedral (The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity) in the morning but there were people everywhere. Later, we walked past it on our way to dinner and the grass was covered with trash left by those who had been there in the morning. Now, after dinner, as we walked to our hotel in a heavy rain, the lights were just coming on, the grass was cleaned and the rain refreshed everything.

May 2016

Photo taken with an iPhone 5s

Cemetery

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Swindon, England

We spent a few days driving around England and Wales taking photos of churches and gravestones where Craig’s family came from.  Here, with the sun rays touching me, I RELAXED with some of his relatives (ancestors).

May 2016

Photo taken with an iPhone 5s

Zagreb Cathedral

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We were disappointed because the street we needed to go down from St. Mark’s Square, was having some work done on it, so we had to find another way. We started looking and found it, happily, it gave us this beautiful view of Zagreb’s Cathedral. It is a beautiful building that was originally completed in 1217.

Church of Mary the Queen

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We went on a wonderful tour around Bled Lake. We took a boat (like a Gondola) across to Bled Island and walked up the 90 steps to the Church of Mary the Queen. It is such a beautiful area!

On The Road Zagreb-Lucca

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Vipava, Slovenia – 2016 – iPhone

We had a beautiful drive from Zagreb, Croatia to Lucca, Italy. The snow eased up as we got closer to Italy. We didn’t have time to stop and take all the photos I wanted 😉 (it would have taken hours) so I did what I could and snapped photos from the car! Slovenia’s countryside is beautiful!