Cenote Mexico Adventure

Rappelling Cenote Maya Riviera Maya

Looking out the plane window on our flight to the Riviera Maya, watching the lights of Toronto shrink into specks as we rose into a still-dark sky, I was thinking of beaches, palms and papayas. I was thinking of a nap by the pool. I was thinking the seats on Air Transat are really quite comfortable, that the […]

Watrous stained glass secrets

Watrous stained glass windows

The town of Watrous, Saskatchewan, in Canada came into being in 1906 so what’s it doing with 500-year old stained glass windows?   The Christ Enthroned Window, along with St. Peter and St. Paul, were once on the lam, that’s what they were! But don’t worry, they have achieved permanent residency status in Canada, so […]

Remembering the war in Normandy

Dieppe Memorial August 19, 1942

After a trip to Normandy last June, Remembrance Day has taken on a whole new meaning for me. Even though it was a trip celebrating Impressionist art, it was impossible not to be affected by the devastation of the war. Here’s a whirlwind visit: Dieppe The Dieppe Memorial August 19, 1942, is  a special place. […]

The Vestal Virgins of Rome

A sacred place

  You can’t shed the blood of a Vestal Virgin without angering the gods. That’s why the Vestal Virgins were buried alive if they got caught fooling around – no blood was spilled but they still got their punishment. (They also got a loaf of bread in their tomb, not that that would be a […]

Is it a mystical experience or is that the sun in my eyes?

A lonely raging ocean

On my last day in Wales our sparkly red bus tour stops at St. Non’s Well and I’m hell-bent on finding some potent Celtic/Catholic mysticism. Our group troops off to the spring, a small covered well said to have miraculous curative properties. Nearby are the remains of St Non’s chapel built in the 6th century. Non was the mother […]

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