Thus far the trip has been amazing. We have visited Spain, Southern France and Italy. As I sit here thinking of what to write the most dominant thought in my mind is how much I enjoy the architecture that we have been seeing. Such sites as the Sagrada Familia, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Duomo in Florence and the walled city of Carcassonne have truly amazed me. I was particular intrigued with Carcassonne and St. Peter’s Basilica. It’s hard to explain what in particular attracted me to Carcassonne, but I believe that it was the medieval feeling one receives when walking through the city. One could almost imagine himself as a merchant arriving in Carcassonne and bustling around the city exploring the walled city’s culture.
St. Peter’s Basilica was the most impressive site that we have visited in my opinion; I especially loved Michelangelo’s Pieta that is housed there. One thing that intrigued me while viewing the Pieta was the fact that Mary was so sad even though she knew the destiny of her son. I then drew a connection between Mary’s sorrow and that of a parent with a dying child. Although a parent, in this day and age, may be told how much time their sick child may have left to live it does not make their death any less tragic. In fact it makes it harder for a parent to know of their child’s inevitable death and knowing there is nothing they can do to change the outcome. I believe that it is so difficult for a parent to lose a child because in most cases the parent will die before his or her children. Though these experiences and losses tear people down it is possible to grow and learn from such situations. Persisting through adversity will hopefully build an individual’s faith and establish a closer relationship with God. Overall, it was interesting having such feelings come to the surface from these pieces of art and architecture.