Just learned that my cousins will be traveling to Europe this August. One of their stops will be Paris, France. When my husband blessed me to London and Paris in 2011 for my 40th birthday, the talk of Euro trip made me want to run through our pics of our trip.
We visited London and Paris in the month of April. Most perfect time. Spring time!
It was also Holy Week. Some may think why would we travel during the most holiest time of the year. I used to think the same way until we experienced it in different places other than our home town. And now, I want to do it more often.
We attended Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion at Westminster Cathedral. Of course before we left, I researched parishes so that we wouldn’t miss Holy Week activities. Westminster was closest to our hotel.
I love the fact that wherever we are, I feel right in tune with the rest of the parishioners. Not missing a beat! Westminster was grand and beautiful. I really wasn’t expecting that type of facade, but then again we had just toured St Paul’s Cathedral. Really enjoyed it’s old history worn look.
My family and I were blessed to visit Washington, D.C. several times. Due to an event that honored my Dad’s rehabilitation story. During these trips we were able to see a couple of their parishes.
This one is the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The exterior is grand. I think this is the first basilica I’ve been to in the States where it reminded me of cathedrals in Europe.
They had just completed a renovation. This ceiling was redone in mosaic tiles.
This is a pieta located in their crypt of former bishops I believe.
This chapel is located on the same floor of the crypt. I was able to attend Mass here with my family. Just beautiful. I actually loved this design more than the main floor.
During our walks in D.C., my sister and I found this parish. It was during an off time/week day but always happy when the front doors are open.
From the outside which seemed dark was nothing compared to the inside. Was delighted to see the stained glass and organ pipes.
Time in D.C. is always fun. To find old parishes like this one along walks to dinner or ice cream are always my favorite finds.