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December 27, 2015

Spain: Seville, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See and the Giralda


Looking up inside Seville's Cathedral.

Looking up inside Seville’s Cathedral.

Seville’s cathedral, the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, is the largest cathedral in the world. It gets this distinction through a technicality: There are two larger churches in the world, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil and the Vatican’s St Peter’s Basilica, but these structures are not seats of bishops and thus do not qualify as cathedrals. (more…)

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December 4, 2015

France: Albi


Looking out over River Tarn

Looking out over River Tarn with Pont Vieux in the foreground

With its red brick buildings rising up from the bank of the river Tarn, Albi is striking. Over the years the bricks made from the clay extracted nearby have been a convenient building material in the region for centuries. In Albi, the abundance of brick buildings gives a pale red hue to the town. (more…)

March 15, 2014

England: Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge


Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest church spire in Britain.

Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest church spire in Britain.

Located in the south of England, the town of Salisbury is famous for its cathedral. Consecrated for more than 750 years, Salisbury’s Cathedral has Britain’s tallest church (more…)

December 2, 2013

Ireland: Cobh


Our version of the picture of St Colman's Cathedral that lead us to visit Cobh Ireland.

Our version of the picture of St Colman’s Cathedral that lead us to visit Cobh Ireland.

Has a single picture ever impacted your travel plans?  For us it has.  Most recently, after we saw a snap shot of Cobh Ireland’s cathedral on the Internet, we had to visit.  In truth, (more…)

February 11, 2013

England: Canterbury


Inside the choir of Canterbury's cathedral

Inside the choir of Canterbury’s cathedral

At the extreme southeast corner of Britain is England’s premier cathedral city, Canterbury.  As a rule a UNESCO-listed cathedral is more than enough reason for us to (more…)

January 9, 2013

France: Caen


Église Saint-Pierre (HDR)

Église Saint-Pierre (HDR)

Our travel plans mandated a stop in or near Caen France.  On the English Channel (or la Manche as it is called in French), Caen is the largest town near Ouistreham, our point of (more…)

January 1, 2013

Spain: Segovia


El Acueducto in Segovia

El Acueducto in Segovia

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve always liked the sound of the name “Segovia”.  “Se-go-vi-a” rolls off the tongue with a pleasing velvety smoothness.  The agreeable (more…)

December 2, 2012

Spain: Oviedo


Cathedral of San Salvadora in Oviedo

Cathedral of San Salvadora in Oviedo (HDR)

Oviedo is a delicious, exotic, beautiful, clean, pleasant, tranquil and pedestrianised city.  It is as if it did not belong to this world, as if it did not exist … Oviedo is like a fairy-tale.”

—Woody Allen

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November 23, 2012

Spain: León


Heading towards León’s Cathedral (HDR)

Speeding towards León a road sign proclaimed that we were on the “Autovia ‘Camino de Santiago’”.  It was true, our Renault Grand Kangoo stuffed with French wine and with our (more…)

May 14, 2012

Germany: Speyer


Amusement ride in Speyer Germany

Speyer was a practical choice.  For our departure night we needed a place close enough to Frankfurt’s international airport and our next morning’s flight.  We also wanted to stay in a place where we could (more…)

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