I just got back from a month in Europe, where the DH and I rambled through five countries in four weeks (southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy ... and OK, tiny San Marino, which is technically a republic, but it counts!).
In every place there was a moment of serendipity or coolness, like hearing a 16-piece swing band playing "Chattanooga Choochoo" through the door of a tiny cellar restaurant in Salzburg and dancing all night, or hearing a man singing across the water during our moonlit gondola ride in Venice, or winding up in Assisi (as in St. Francis of) by accident, or seeing a dolphin still frolicking in his mosaic in Ostia Antica, two thousand years later. Coolness, you know?
Want to see pictures? They're here: http://gallery.me.com/shelleyadina > Europe 2009
Someone asked me not too long ago what my favorite Bible verse was. I told them Psalm 139:9, "If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." I've been to 27 countries so far, some four or five times each, and I prove that verse true every time I travel. Our God is good!