Tomorrow (Friday), my boyfriend and I leave for one of our most anticipated trips of the year. We will be leaving from his place at 4 AM, driving to Virginia Beach to visit friends from college for about 36 hours, followed by a week in Northern Virginia visiting my family, and then another two days in Cleveland, visiting his family. Why am I telling you? Well, look at all the basilicas we hope to visit. Amazingly, these almost all fall right along our route:

  • Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, KY (June 8)
  • Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Charleston, WV (June 8)
  • Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Norfolk, VA (June 10)
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC (June 11-16)
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baltimore, MD (June 11-16)
  • Basilica and National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg, MD (June 11-16)
  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Hanover, PA (June 11-16)

That’s an optimistic list. We’re planning for visiting the ones in bold. Charleston will be challenging, given that we’ll be having such a long drive that day, so that’s a maybe. The last two just depend how our week in Northern Virginia falls out. But if we make them all, we’ll be visiting almost 10% of all basilicas.

Even more exciting is the prospect of vacation! Taking a second job this semester has meant that downtime was hard to come by, but I’m looking forward to finishing up posts for all the basilicas we’ve visited thus far this year (which is seven!). Indeed, my boyfriend said I better start getting those out, or I’ll never catch up! And with all the opportunities we’ve had in 2012, he is quite right.


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