Gloucester just isn't on the map. Most visitors to this part of England, not far from the border with Wales, instead spend their time in the Cotswolds. They miss out on old pubs, historic buildings and notable churches that line the city's streets.
I went on a week-long road trip across England to discover the places the Pilgrims would have known ahead of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's sailing to the New World in 2020. My last stop, quite fittingly, was Plymouth.
Worcester and the surrounding county of Worcestershire are integral parts of the Mayflower story, as the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims departing England aboard the Mayflower approaches in 2020.
I'm in the historic English city of Lincoln ahead of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims leaving these shores on the Mayflower.
In two years time the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in New England will be celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic. Ahead of this anniversary, I jetsetted to the Old World
Walking from my car toward the ancient church in the small English village of Hales (population 468) I couldn't help thinking that I had found perhaps the most picture-perfect of all the churches I have ever visited.
It's been controversial for years, though many visitors to the famous cathedrals are used to buying a ticket. Now, the trend toward charging admission is spreading to historic parish churches.
At first glance you might think this church was in France, at least if you ignored its location facing a somewhat busy artery in the wealthy Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills.
Barbara Bush's funeral Saturday put the church she attended in the international spotlight. Bush, the wife and mother of presidents, was a cradle Episcopalian.
Trinity Church in Bay City, Michigan, is similar to other churches of its era. Built between 1885 and 1887, the limestone and sandstone edifice was designed for the Episcopalian congregation by local architect Philip C. Floeter in the then-fashionable style of Gothic Revival. Today, Trinity would be unusual because as the old adage goes, they just don't build them like this anymore.
Driving the back roads on my way from the quaint Suffolk village of Lavenham to Norwich in the neighboring English county of Norfolk I came across a small and rather unusual countryside church.
Rural America is full of old churches. Many are little more than a small wooden structure erected by a long-forgotten congregation dating to when towns and villages formed around lumber camps, railroads and mining developments in the 19th century.
Tucked away within the former abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the upscale Parisian neighborhood of the same name is an elaborate monument that is obviously regal in nature.
A Washington church known for its historical ties to George Washington and Robert E. Lee made headlines last year when it decided to remove monuments of the country's first president and the controversial Confederate general.
Today, St. Paul's is an open-air ruin.
Sometimes the best part of church crawling is finding the unexpected.
I visited Malaysia last year only to discover a treasure trove of British colonial-era churches — the sort of historic churches you wouldn't expect in Southeast Asia
London is full of historic churches that await your discovery.
This church does not allow the usage of a camera.
Visiting an old church outside of regular worship services can sometimes be impossible one traveler found.
Today St. Andrew's is the seat of the Episcopal bishop of Hawaii, but it actually dates to late 1860s when Hawaii's monarchs, King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, were closely aligned with the British under Queen Victoria.
Ignoring the theological debate over these controversies, there is no question that St. John the Divine is worth a visit the next time you are in New York.
Once one develops an appreciation for the history and architecture of old churches it can become a time consuming hobby — one that many of your friends will never understand.
It was a few days before Christmas and I found myself in the heart of Manhattan along New York's famous 5th Avenue.
Malaysia isn't a country one associates with old churches. Yet, as a past installment of this column detailed, Malaysia is home to a surprising number of interesting churches — Anglican and Roman Catholic alike.