Ageless Companionship

We have arrived at the great Stones of Callanish. This part of the journey always feels hushed to me; I feel quiet and small as I stand in the presence of the ancient stones. They are so solid that I take heart from their patience and reach down to feel my own roots, and I…

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Old and Older

The Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s most incredible landscapes, with layers of history stretching back thousands of years. The modern mind boggles at the array of ancient monuments dotted around the valley and the surrounding hills – petroglyphs, standing stones, stone circles, burial cairns, and medieval crosses and castles give evidence of the people…

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Pilgrim’s Delight

We are on our way to Scotland, and our day was a pilgrim’s delight — beautiful weather, good companionship (each other!) and three distinct and meaningful destinations: Our first stop was at Wing to walk their little turf labyrinth on the edge of the village green. From there we headed north to Brontë Country where…

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Kensington

After Lea left for the airport, I decided to take advantage of a free day in London by making a personal pilgrimage to Kensington. Like many Americans, I’m fascinated by Britain’s royalty, especially our two longest reigning monarchs, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. I’ve wanted to visit Kensington Palace, the grandiose “home” which has figured…

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Sea and Sky

Today was all about sea and sky. The morning was so beautiful that we went out for an early morning walk to photograph the old shipwreck just off the coast near our apartment. Later we drove up the  coast to Agios Georgios, a well-known pilgrimage site on the western cape of Cyprus. The icons in…

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Traveling the Backroads

Today was as grey as yesterday was sunny. We decided to drive up into the Troodos mountains to search out some frescoes in old churches. It was a delicious treat just being together, cosy, warm, and dry in the comfort of our car as we drove through the misty hills. Marvelling at the terraced vineyards…

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Art-Full Pilgrimage

A new adventure begins…  A dear friend flew in from California this afternoon, so after picking her up from Heathrow we headed for tea and a walk in the small village of Compton in nearby Surrey.  Compton is home to the Watts Chapel, a unique and marvelous cemetery chapel decorated inside and out with all…

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Sacred Threshold

One of the joys of visiting Glastonbury is having a wander up and down the High Street, stopping for coffee and a bit of browsing through the shops.  Along the way we pass Jacoby Cottage, an old Slipper Chapel where medieval pilgrims would stop to wash their feet before stepping on to holy ground and…

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Chartres!

Visiting Chartres is always a joy. I’ve come here many times over the years, and every visit has its own unique flavour. This time we arrived as two women celebrating friendship and milestone birthdays. We’ve visited the cathedral and walked the picturesque medieval streets, eaten crepes,  and strolled through the markets. This afternoon we walked…

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