Category Travel

All Boxed Up

With winters in this part of Germany relatively mild, it seems that everyone has and uses a bicycle – which means there are parking issues. Many people ride their bike from home to the train station, where they lock it up for the day as they commute into Freiburg. Some people take their bike with them […]

Not What I Thought

Once I was inside, I realized I hadn’t understoodhe sign at all. The church wasn’t that old, despite being an “old Catholic church.” Somehow I missed that “Old Catholic” was a denomination. It didn’t look like a church from the exterior, which is probably why I walked past a few dozen times over the past […]

Remembering The Battle

It has been 75 years since D-Day, and the generation that fought that battle is almost gone. This week though, we have been remembering a pivotal moment in world history with a series of posts I write five years ago. When we visited the Juno Beach Centre I came away with a feeling of not […]

Still Politically Incorrect

This week, to share in the observance of the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Allied invasion or Normandy, I am repeating some posts from my visit there five years ago, The words jumped out from the printed page in the display case at the Juno Beach Centre, the Canadian D-Day Museum in Courseilles sur […]

Walking Along Juno Beach

With the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings tomorrow, we continue our reflections with a post from 2014. It’s peaceful on Juno Beach on a sunny July afternoon. A few tourists, a few locals getting some sun; if I had been thinking I would have taken off my shoes and socks and dipped my toes […]

Facing The Storm

I just realized that the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy landings is this week. I found visiting the landing sites, which I did in 2014, to be an incredibly moving experience. It was on that trip that I decided to share my thoughts regularly in this space.  For the next couple of days, […]

But Is It Really A Church?

It was quite different from what expected. I walked by this church on a couple occasions last year, but didn’t have the opportunity to go in. Turns out it is a church, and not a church at the same time. They call it an “open church,” whatever that means. St. Elizabeth’s is trying to do […]