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One of Montreal’s highlights is the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal)–a true gem and a must-see site. Lines can be long, especially by afternoon or when a cruise ship is in port. We went shortly after opening and walked right in. Stunning is the most accurate description. Built in the 1820s, it features a beautiful blue ceiling with gold stars. Other colors like purples and reds jump out at you…. Read More

I will admit to being a total tourist the first time I saw Florence’s Duomo. I walked around the whole thing just looking up. Walk and gawk…walk and gawk. It’s simply massive whether you are at street level or at the very top on the cupola. If you’re in Florence, be sure to take in the Duomo at various times of the day. Morning breakfast in Piazza del Duomo, or how about… Read More

The leaves are just starting to change here in Wisconsin. Fall has been lovely: a lot of warm days and cool nights. Just about 35 minutes from where I live is Holy Hill, near Hubertus, Wisconsin in Washington County. Holy Hill, as you might have guessed, is home to a church: the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians. You can climb the 120+ steps (it’s steep..and crowded on… Read More