The following are the 22 photos I found that told a beautiful story. It follows the sun and the moon quite purposefully, because if one was shining in Europe, the other was shining in the place we call home.
The first is from Sibiu, Romania where a worker at the Johanneskirche showed us beautiful manuscripts found from Renaissance.
Festeburg was asked to sing for the people of Hammersdorf, and they quickly hurried to the altar after the service to take a picture with us!
The charming city of Medias, Romania was filled with smiles toward the Americans walking about the town. The concert and remarks that followed the concert will never be forgotten.
Sorry this one is blurry, but you still understand that it is a beautiful stained glass window. The sun was shining bright through this window while the choir sang our favorite piece, O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen in front of an impromptu audience of the St. Matthias church in Budapest.
This photo was taken in Stephensplatz looking toward the St. Stephan’s Cathedral, and it shows the dancing lights that shine on this cathedral every night.
Ms. Haley Rudd modeling her new Masquerade mask from a shop in Venice. These shops could be seen all over the city and represented a high life society that would attend Masquerade Balls. (sidenote: it took Haley two separate days of shopping to pick the perfect mask 🙂 )
The beautiful canal view of the Island City. The main form of transportation was either boats or pedestrian bridges.
I remember seeing this moon and thinking to myself, “I hope the Finn family sees this beautiful of a moon tonight!”
One of the most spectacular dedications to God is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. This massive structure was finished exactly 200 years after the first stone was laid. This was a topic of discussion that bewildered many of us due to the fact that there would be generations of people who would work on it and never see the finished product.
Being in Tuscany felt like a new world due to the landscape, architecture, and hospitality.
The beauty of the simple things is important in this picture. Lifetimes worth of architectural and artistic work were all for the same purpose… sitting in these pews and admiring God Almighty.
Everyone was having a good time playing at recess; even Dr. Pfaltzgraff!
These massive pillars in the Duomo of Milan can make any human feel like an ant.
This was one of the two marvelous steeples of the Stiftskirche in Ohringen, Germany.
Paroisses Catholiques Saint Antoine in Colmar, France is absolutely stunning.
A very emotional meet up with the Board of Regents from Wartburg College. Lots of smiles for this piece of home!
Sorry this is blurry again, but this photo is showing the overcast clouds hiding the shimmering moonlight.
The fountain over the well in Wartburg Castle.
A mighty fortress is our God, overlooking the Eisenach City center.
It was a pleasure to stay with these fantastic people of Eisenach, Germany! They were very curious about home and loved to have late night conversations with Ben and me.
This photo was taken after our final concert in Istanbul. All in all, this journey has helped me mold friendships in a family relationship with many of these wonderful people. I couldn’t have asked for a better staff and choir to tour with. Thank you for this experience I will never forget!