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Trip Report Three countries-- three moments of awe

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I have already commented on other threads about restaurants and hotels and so there's no real need to add anything here.

Therefore my "trip report" will consist of telling the reasons why traveling is still so important to me--the moments of unanticipated and unexpected pure awe.

We were lucky enough to have one in each country we went to. In the UK while strolling around London on our first afternoon there, we saw that St. Martin-in-the-Fields was having their Evensong Service at 5 PM that afternoon. This worked out perfectly for strolling coming back to the service and then going to dinner immediately after, since we were still on Eastern daylight Time at that point.

We were there with time to spare and so we looked around the gift shop on the ground level. Had I been able to take anything home, there were so many lovely things I would've enjoyed buying there!

We went upstairs, got situated in the church and waited for the service to start. When the young people started to saying I almost could not contain my tears! It truly was hearing the "choir of angels". I am so grateful that we happened upon the information about this event. It reinforces my traveling style of not believing in planning everything.

The second moment of awe was in Italy. This one perhaps, should have been anticipated on my part but was not. In Florence in the Accademia, it is set up in such a way that you walk around the corner after entering the museum, and find yourself in a corridor at whose end is David lit up beautifully by the natural light coming through the ceiling. The beauty of it took my breath away! I lingered and wondered just how long I would've been able to stay--I did not want to move away from it. I have never reacted to a statue in this way.

The third moment was in France in a small city named Chambery. We stopped there mainly to break up the long rail trip from Florence to Paris. For some reason this really very lovely place has very little tourism outside of ski season. We stayed two nights and on the second day as we were exploring the town, we entered the cathedral, a very old church. The organist was in there rehearsing, I believe, for an upcoming concert. The dramatic music--totally overwhelming in the best possible way--within the beautiful space was another travel experience that could never have been planned.

All three of these experiences were transcendent! I am so grateful that we went on this trip and were able to experience these moments of visual and aural beauty that truly took us outside of ourselves!

All of our trip was really great, but these three experiences alone would have made the whole trip worth it.

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