Sunday, April 13, 2014
Since my first trip to Europe in 2011, I love visiting old churches -- the older, the better! Being raised a Catholic, I was taught as a child to make a wish each time I visited a church for the first time. So, as you can imagine, I am making lots of wishes!
While on my trip to Ireland in 2012, our tour group made a "comfort stop" in the little town of Ballyvaughan on the Burren. After getting a cup of tea at "The Tea Junction", I headed towards the nearest local church, St. John the Baptist. The photo above shows the gothic design of the church. According to its history, the church was built in 1858. A storm knocked down the building in 1862 and again in 1863. Reverend Forde collected money both in Ireland and Australia to re-build it in 1866. I love also reading the history of these churches.
Look, how nice and sunny it looks in these two photos. One would never have imagined that a short while later, there would be heavy rain and wind on the burren. Good thing I said my prayers while I was visiting that church!