Take Us Along Winner

Sue Cashen

This week's Take Us Along winner is Sue Cashen of Mechanicstown, Ohio. She took West Ohio Auto & RV along on a trip to Florence, Italy, and is shown in the city with a copy of the popular magazine.

She writes, "I started writing Bente Nystrum, my Norwegian pen pal in 1967, 47 years ago when I was a freshman in high school. We corresponded by air mail for many years, then email. Now with Facebook we can message each other any time we like. She came to America in 2005 and spent a week with me. So naturally, I had to go visit her. In May 2014, I flew to Denmark, where she now lives. She wanted to take me to Italy and see the famous art and architecture. We spent five wonderful days in Florence, Italy. "We both were awed by this cathedral, shown in the photo. It is often just called the "Duomo," meaning the Dome. Its official title is Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, meaning Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower, one of Italy's largest churches. "Construction began in 1296. It took 140 years to complete. Filippo Brunelleschi won the bid to complete the dome. It took him 16 years to complete. It's the world's largest masonry dome ever built, using 37,000 tons of material and four million bricks. The bricks were laid in a herringbone pattern. Thanks for taking us along!