and Kathy's European Adventure (and Engagement...)
to Mont St Michel, Normandy, France
waiting in the Paris Metro wondering what this Mont St Michel
trip is all about.
had brunch at this castle on the way to the Mont.
real castle with a moat.
Mont-Saint-Michael is a rocky, cone-shaped islet in northwestern
France, in the Gulf of Saint-Malo. It is connected by a causeway
with the mainland. The islet, famous for its Benedictine abbey,
has small houses and shops on its lowest level. Above these stand
the monastic buildings, many of which date from the 13th century
and are considered outstanding examples of Gothic architecture.
The entire islet is crowned by the abbey church, which sits about
240 ft above sea level.
view of the Mont.
the abbey at the top of this enormous and beautiful structure
is a ancient chapel. I asked a French friend of ours from Montgomery
to call ahead and arrange that a monk pray with us that God will
bless our relationship.
Michel watching over the whole program.
know three pictures of us kissing is a bit much, but this was
the best part of the trip for us.
from our hotel balcony
the Gare du Nord - one on the larger Paris train stations.
Chappelle, built in 1248, this magnificent chapel has 50-foot-high
windows containing the oldest stained-glass windows in Paris.
They include over 1,100 scenes from the Old Testament.
of Paris from the steps of Sacre Coeur
Louvre - 300,000 pieces of art and Kathy was still the best looking
day, you are more aware of the 15,000 metal parts and 2.5 million
rivets, but by night, the Eiffel Tower is breathtaking!
trip to Belgium
took a high-speed train and a worldwind tour of Belgium on Friday.
We first visited Bruges, a small town notable for its beautiful
canals, architecture and cobbled streets. A second leg of the
train journey took us to Brussels, where we enjoyed shopping and
looking at the amazing architecture of the historic buildings.
from the Gare du Nord heading to Brussels, Belgium
the old town square in Brugge, Belgium
the fresh Belgian air made Kathy even taller....
night in Paris--dinner at the Eiffel Tower." (After that,
we took a taxi at midnight to Sacre' Coeur, "The Sacred Heart
Basilica of Montmartre." Construction on this enormous and
beautiful church began in 1875. It stands high above Paris and
a beautiful view of the city can be seen from its steps. Although
we missed Mass by 5 minutes, we ended the evening and our trip
with a prayer of God's blessing on our marriage and His guidance
in our lives for whatever it is He has for us to accomplish together.)