While in Kauai, we drove past the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church many times before taking the time to stop. Though it's never in the plans, my husband and I always seem to find a church or two to visit while on vacation.
The inside is as beautiful as the outside.
When we first walked in the church an elderly woman walked up to the statue of Mary. She knocked on the base of it with her fist several times before praying. I could just imagine her saying "Mary, are listening to me, can you hear me, are you paying attention, I've gotten something to tell you..."
The grounds of the church are also lovely. Though probably wrong of me, I kept thinking they must have a really good priest and choir to get people to pay attention while inside. I would be tempted to stay outside and pull weeds, smell the flowers and listen to the service through an open window.
The plants are as colorful as the stained glass windows. Visiting this church and saying a prayer was a wonderful stop on a busy day of sight seeing. Maybe that's why we end up visiting churches while on vacation. No doubt, God knows we aren't good at slowing down, even while on vacation.