August 2009

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Intro

Excerpt from my first journal entry of the trip:

“I’m not even on the plane yet and this ridiculous little ‘weekend’ trip to Europe is already starting to be eventful — but let’s back up a minute…

I’m heading out on a Friday afternoon from work to go to Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia + Herzegovina, Republika Srprska, and Montenegro [and Austria!] — for THREE days — and will be back at work Tuesday.  Seriously, it’s ridiculous.

I just wanted to be there.  It’s one of those rare, special, once-in-a-lifetime types of experiences for an architect, hearkening back to the glory days of the “Master Builder”.  Actually selecting the stone from a quarry, from the motherland, for our beautiful ‘jewel-box’ of a Church.”

What else can I say?  It was crazy!  It was amazing.  (It was exhausting!)

It was absolutely ‘once-in-a-lifetime’.

The original computer-animated fly-through of the church’s design in 2006!

The REAL fly-through of the completed church, taken by drone in 2016!

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Paris, FranceAugust 8, 2009August 8, 2009
    2Belgrade, SerbiaAugust 8, 2009August 9, 2009
    3Vienna, AustriaAugust 9, 2009August 9, 2009
    4Dubrovnik, CroatiaAugust 9, 2009August 10, 2009
    5Ivanica, Bosnia and HerzegovinaAugust 10, 2009August 10, 2009
    6Trebinje, Republika SrpskaAugust 10, 2009August 10, 2009
    7Tvrdoš, Republika SrpskaAugust 10, 2009August 10, 2009
    8Nikšić, MontenegroAugust 10, 2009August 10, 2009
    9Danilovgrad, MontenegroAugust 10, 2009August 10, 2009
    10Dubrovnik, CroatiaAugust 10, 2009August 10, 2009
    11Zagreb, CroatiaAugust 10, 2009August 11, 2009
    12Paris, FranceAugust 11, 2009August 11, 2009

    Featured Image

    Šišković Quarry, Danilovgrad, Montenegro

    Inspecting the high quality limestone at the Šišković quarry in Danilovgrad, Montenegro — limestone from this area of the world (the Balkans) is regarded as some of the best, due to its density and pure white color. If this limestone was good enough to be chosen for the White House, then it should be good enough for my little Orthodox Church!

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