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Germany: Frankfurt, Cologne, Karlsrhue, Dresden – Poland: Czestochowa, Krakow, Auschwitz – USA: Washington D.C., Chicago

Countdown, Frankfurt – Today is Friday AM 10/21/11

Packed with my two carry-on bags, sitting at John Wayne for the Continental flight : Houston bound to Frankfurt, Germany. McDonald French fries stink the airport air. I will be arriving in Frankfurt at 2 am my time (11am in Frankfurt on Saturday), shuttling to the hotel , to drop off my computer and clothes [...]

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Frankfurt – Today is Saturday 10/22/11

Am helped generously at Frankfurt airport in getting a train to Frankfurt Main (€3,90 vs. €30,00 for a taxi) – takes no time at all. A German helper lets me know I won’t really be swooned by any churches until I get to Krakow. Find the hotel – it is across the street from the [...]

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Scott – Today is Sunday 10/23/11

Day two, Frankfurt – I look out the window and like the street patterns. It is early and the sun tips the top of St Antonius – but it is closed and I move on. Minimal shooting today – I attend mass at Church of Our Lady, talked with the organist and am chatted up [...]

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Early Dom – Today is Monday 10/24/11

Day three cologne , wake at 6 AM. Once outside the apartment I discover that the doorbell is shaped the same to my touch as the light-switch and wake the house. Awkward moment at 6:30 am. Get on the tram to the train station – the moon is out. The Dom looms outside the train [...]

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Kaput! – Today is Tuesday 10/25/11

Day four Cologne. First thing in the morning, Scott and I find a way to get me 50% off of a train ticket back to Cologne. It is done. We head out on the tram back to the train station – I’m going to hit up the last of the churches in Koln while Scott [...]

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12 Hours – Today is Wednesday 10/26/11

Scott knocks at my door – I have slept 12 hours. Finally! I have needed sleep. I walk to the old part of Karlsrhue looking for a bakery. Buy bread loaves. Get a coffee and a pastry. Walk around. Find two churches and take some shots. I head back to the house taking nature pattern [...]

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G10 Shines – Today is Friday 10/28/11

After last night’s 8 bottles of German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French wines and an art crit until 5 Am – I am up at 8:30 am for coffee tasting at the Karlsrhue coffee expert…  my head hurts. (but oh, was last night good, community at its best – tasting, topping, deep in conversation, and laughs [...]

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“…Enough Maestro!” – Today is Monday, Oct. 31/11

Another night of little sleep – my internal clock is not resetting. I am in DRESDEN – some history – Dresden is talked about everywhere in Germany so far this trip, it is charming again in its rebuild – but there is darkness under this new facade. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Dresden_in_World_War_II A thread has started on my Facebook [...]

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Big Dog Train – Today is Nov.04/11

In Summation of my time in Czestochowa, Poland, for lack of time to write: Sisters’ Bridgettine in Poland and in particular, Sister Eli, abounded in grace and care for me and my mission. I was given a heater for my room (without my asking for one). Was given medicine and vitamins to fend away any [...]

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Kraków Afternoon – Nov. 04/11

Kraków, it has life. Beautiful like Praha – I am told this is called the second Praha. I say it is the first Kraków. Beautiful as Prague is, I choose Kraków. Regular people living well. Despite not having my directions to the hotel, I find my way with the help of an Information office. Snap [...]

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Kraków Day 2 – Today is Nov. 05/11

Scott and I have breakfast upscale on at the square. We talk art and concept, process and being. We part for our own pursuits. I hit the churches of old town. I look for photos on the way that I might remember the town. I take the same snapshots everybody else takes (as usual). I [...]

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Kraków Day 3 – Today is Nov. 06/11

Sunday  – this is a Catholic city. I head to the churches in Kazimerz and Podgorze, on the other side of Wawel Hill. I seem to hit a Mass no matter the time or place. Out of respect for the worshipers and the ceremony, I won’t shoot during a Mass from within the church. I [...]

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Kraków Day 4 – Today is Nov. 07/11

Game Day. Wawel Cathedral. It is a cold and foggy morning. It is a cold and foggy morning. Gloves required. I get up early and head to Wawel cathedral with lot’s of time – can’t see past the buildings ahead, fog is like pudding, I lose my sense of direction and start to panic, walking [...]

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Krakow Day 5 – Today is Nov. 08/11

An easy day out. Gathering Crucifixes. Staying with what I can find by foot. Picking up surrounding churches I missed. My total now stands at 33. I am told there are 120 churches in Krakow – but I don’t know where they all are located. I am content with what I have so far. The [...]

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Krakow Day 6, Auschwitz I – Today is Nov. 09/11

The day has come. We talked about this, months ago. Today Scott and I train to Auschwitz. We walk from the train station and enter the camp from the back. We enter the camp at the incinerator. There is Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II–Birkenau. Scott asks and is told by a guide that Auschwitz II–Birkenau [...]

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Krakow Day 7, Auschwitz II-Birkenau – Today is Nov. 10/11

Scott and I are on our way to Auschwitz II–Birkenau to continue our exploration of this “Death Factory.” I am plugged into Mars Hill Audio, issue 99, Paul A. Rahe, on “the heresy of Progressivism, which abandons vital convictions about human nature and political order and invites the advent of  ‘soft despotism’ “ – My [...]

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Catch-up & Brief Update:Today is 11/22/11

Eggs and Sausage and a Side of Toast…Friday Nov. 11/11 Krakow – I could live here! Catch up on blog working from an all you can eat breakfast buffet. Life is good in Krakow. Evening I run out from the hotel to see what I can find – grabbing photos of night life in Old [...]

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Grace – Today is Wednesday Nov. 24/11

Edit more images… it never ends. Coffee Rice Chex from the box – gluten free. Leave to photograph the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Red Line to Clark and Division. Ascension is locked. I ring the bell. Disgruntled man opens the door. I explain what I am doing, “…documenting the churches of Chicago, may I [...]

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Thanks – Today is Thursday Nov. 25/11

Gary Drives me to the Loop so I can photograph St Peters but it is closed (as J.D. mentioned early he thought it might be on Thanksgiving) . Gary gives me a brief driving tour of Chicago –beautiful homes and drops me off in Boys town so I can walk to Wrigley field – how [...]

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Night Shooting the Loop – Today is Friday Nov. 25/11

Blog morning, coffee, bacon egg cheese sandwiches. I am off to St Peters taking the Red Line to Lake. St. Peter’s is open and restful. Photos on the EL Shoot some evening window shots inside the loop. Passing a street bum he insists I buy him a coke – he is a vet, “buy me [...]

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Satisfaction – Today is Saturday 11/26/11

Gary and I take Robert next door to Atonement and make Robert a start for his Atonement Robert Facebook Page (not really his page – the churches FB page, called Atonement Robert) Atonement Robert photos are a hit. I Blue line to church – Holy Trinity Polish Catholic church. Memories of Krakow and Chestohowa flash [...]

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Majesty: This is Sunday, Nov. 27/11

High Mass at Church of the Atonement. No cameras – I am here to participate in the mass. The organ and choir powerfully announce the procession, and it is majestic – incense and all. I almost weep – it is powerful and reverent and suggests that we are here to honor and worship and partake [...]

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FBA: This is Monday, Nov. 28/11

Train to Lake Forest for to meet with Pastor Brad Coleman and a few others working with the visual arts and worship. Good seeing Brad. He gives me a brief tour of Lake Forest – great place – no missing Laguna Beach ( I would imagine). Brad and Margie like it here. Meeting goes well. [...]

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Cali-bound: This is Tuesday, Nov. 29/11

Return to California after five weeks away – of the 5000 plus non deleted images, I bring home 2400 usable images from 61 new churches, a cemetery, and Auscwitz-Birkenau. Job well done.

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