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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Passau March 1st 2015

for Friday Febr. 27 we spent the day with Petra on a walking tour of Passau. She lives in a village near Passau. Highlights of our walking tour included the Cathedral of St. Stephen, which has one of the largest pipe organs in the world; the confluence of the Danube and Inn and Ilz rivers (it is called the Three Rivers City--but very different from Pittsburg!); the pilgrimage church of Mariahilf, with its long passageway for the penitent, from the riverlevel up the hill. Later crossed in Austria for café and strudel in a restaurant overlooking the entire region. We had dinner with Petra's family at a restaurant specializing in deer meat--has its own herd--but the fish was better!... read more
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Europe » France » Lower Normandy March 1st 2015

Here are pictures from my tour of Normandy, France. The first photos are from the town of Bayeux, which is where I stayed. A beautiful town and beautiful region of France.... read more
Notre Dame Cathedral in Bayeux

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London February 28th 2015

So this is the first of hopefully many posts recording the stories from my travels around the globe. I want to be a globe trotter, I want to visit every country and experience it for myself, not just have seen pictures in travel guides. What an amazing thing it would be to say that there was literally not a country on earth I hadn't seen. Of course this would mean i'd have to go more than 5 new countries a year for the next 60 years... (is my maths right there?) Anyway I'm rambling. This post is basically to explain that since my travels last year to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and South East Asia, which were my first independent travels, I have fallen ill with the infamous and incredibly clichéd travel bug, for which there ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Shropshire » Albrighton February 28th 2015

Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19 v13 Our involvement with the children and staff at the Msalato Kindergarten in Dodoma Tanzania continues even though we have moved to the other side of the world. Through the continuing generosity of Paul Lemaire and Matt Holani, owners of CSmart International, we are still able to provide the necessary funds which enable the children to have a porridge meal every day. We have recently received a report from the Kindergarten teachers Naomi and Alice. This report has been translated for us from Kiswahili ... read more
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The Children you support
The Children you support

Europe » Ireland » County Waterford » Waterford February 28th 2015

My latest slew of blog post have been sharing with everyone my recent travels and all the magnificent places I got to see. As I wrote all those posts and thought about everything I did, I started to question the reason behind traveling. If all we do is travel to "see" things and places are we really gaining anything or are we just able to check another thing off out list. I would agree that there are some places that we simply to travel to, to see and marvel at the beauty. Many of these places exist in Ireland's beautiful countryside, but even places of nature and places like the Eiffel Tower can teach us something. As I think back about last week, I realize just how much I learned, especially from Normandy and Auschwitz. In ... read more

Europe » Italy February 28th 2015

On day 4, our italian road trip was sadly coming to an end. We had been to Florence, we had stopped at Bomarzo and it was time for us to reach Rome, our final destination. Yet none of us were feeling blue about that. As a matter of fact, the perspective of getting to see the colosseum and theurl=,_Vatican_City_-_April_2007.jpg Vatican was too exciting and we were all happy and eager to get to know this legendary place. At this point, our little trip did get a little stressful. Rome, besides being the home of western culture, is a modern country capital and as such, living is extremely fast paced and busy; and when combining that with the temperament... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 28th 2015

Here are some pictures that I took during my first two days in Paris. The first few pictures are from Dublin the night before flying to Paris.... read more
Front of Customs House-Dublin

Europe » Iceland » North » Mývatn February 28th 2015

Het is 2015 en ik heb voor dit jaar weer een paar doelen van m'n bucketlist, die ik graag wil behalen. Een van die doelen luidt: het noorderlicht (aurora borealis) zien! Dus vandaar dat ik een tour naar IJsland boekte met de toepasselijke naam "Aurora Challenge". en het werd een challenge... Na een korte kennismaking met Reykjavik kwam het niet in ons op om diezelfde avond een noorderlichttour te boeken met een bus vanuit Reykjavik. We zouden tenslotte naar een van de mooiste plekken in IJsland gaan om het noorderlicht daar te bewonderen en we hadden nog een hele week de tijd en kans om het noorderlicht te mogen bewonderen. En eerlijk is eerlijk: ik vind het ook een stuk mooier als je op een prachtige plek in de natuur staat en er in alle rust ... read more
Grabrok Krater

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Rotterdam February 27th 2015

In this area used to be the old abattoir. The monumental buildings, the cow field with the bull statue, the giant photo, stone cows next to the traffic light and even street names still remind you of that. In this little triangle my home is situated. And I'm vegan. Does that fit? Ofcourse. The abattoir is gone And the art work are all living cows. Like the neighbourhood is saying: No to slaughter, be vegan!!! ;)... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Cordes-sur-Ciel February 27th 2015

Another fortified town in the South of France (between Sarlat and Carcassonne).... read more
Looking down the street from the Cite

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