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Utstein Kloster

One of the things I like best about wedding cake season is delivering cakes to parts of Stavanger and the surrounding areas I’ve never been to before. I had one wedding that took place at an old monastary on an island north of Stavanger called Utstein Kloster (Abbey). It was built in the 1100s, which sounded pretty cool, so Chris joined me on the delivery and we spent the afternoon exploring the old buildings.

It was a cute little monastery, and a super pretty place to get married!

 

Grossest postcards ever.

 

NAPLES: Cathedrals

One of my favorite parts of Italy were the cathedrals.

I was a bit of a nervous wreck a good portion of the time traveling around Italy alone. I found myself jumping out of my skin if a scooter passed me too quickly or if a toothless old man gave me the stare down as I passed his shop. It was always a great sigh of relief to come upon a cathedral and walk inside. It was like stepping into another world. Outside there was noise and crazy cars and purse snatchers, but inside was just pure beauty and a quiet, peaceful spirit. I went into as many as I could.

It struck me as a nice analogy how just as the cathedrals brought me comfort and solace in the craziness of a foreign land, my belief in Christ brings me the same comfort and peace in everyday life.

I also found it quite beautiful when an old Italian lady sitting in the pew across from mine gave me a small smile as I sat down on the squeaky bench. We were generations, cultures, and languages apart, but we shared a sort of bond that crossed all barriers because of our faith in our Savior.

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