The Romance of Northern Europe (2): Flight Across “The Pond”

IMG_2144Why anyone would leave their home in springtime is beyond me. IMG_2146The forsythia is bursting into glorious bloom,IMG_2145and cherry blossoms sing out the promise of future fruitfulness. RobinThe robins return to the lake, Grosbeak, red-breatedand dozens of colorful birds stop by to rest as they wing their way north.Turtle emergingMossy mother turtles emerge from hibernation, IMG_2167and Canada geese relax reflectively after returning from southern regions.Lilacs buddingThe above pictures were taken outside our home just as we was packing to leave for Europe, so you know we must have felt some very compelling reason to go.
sweet-peaI must be like the wild sweet peas that seem to want to climb to the skies…

“We travel to learn, and I have never been to any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.”  -Maria Mitchell Birds on deckor like the birds who peck seeds off our deck.  It’s just deep within me.rose-of-sharonAs Sherlock Homes would say, “A mind that’s been expanded by new horizons will never shrink back to the size it was before.” I think it has to do with growth.IMG_2272There’s just something magnificently expanding about seeing things from a different perspective: The world seems smaller and more intimate—but at the same time larger and more glorious—than I could ever imagine!  DSCN8802And so, last May we embarked on a Northern European adventure…something we’d been dreaming about for five years! I hope by sharing my pictures and memories, you’ll be able to enter with me into this experience of inexplicable joy.DSCN8804We flew across Lake Michigan to O’Hare Airport in Chicago. DSCN8809Most transcontinental flights to Europe are “red eye specials,” DSCN8813 and our trip was no exception!  DSCN8814 We boarded very late DSCN8817 and flew through the night, DSCN8833 arriving at London Heathrow just as the sun was spilling her morning cup of gold all over the horizon. IMG_2269Heathrow and O’Hare are two of the world’s busiest airports, so passing the timeDSCN8831 watching all the air traffic coming and going was truly a rush! IMG_2283Mid-morning we took another mammoth jet to Copenhagen. IMG_2267London is one of my all-time favorite cities, and I always feel a DSCN8826 Peter-Pan flush of excitement with every flight over the River Thames. IMG_2271It’s only a three-hour flight from England to Denmark, but for me, IMG_2274it’s three hours of sheer magic! IMG_2277How anyone can sleep, or close their shade so they can watch a movie IMG_2280seems so sad to me! They’re giving up amazing, unique visions that can never IMG_2278be replaced.  It makes me wonder. What causes such indifference? Don’t they appreciate the glorious? I think that if they’d only open up their eyes and hearts, they’d be filled with wonder.

     “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalm 119:18)