Gladys has always led an active life full of adventure. As a retiree, she has a lot of free time on her hands and loves to spend it on her two favourite pastimes – travelling and crossword puzzles. Today she embarks on a long journey that will take her halfway across the globe. She will send us postcards from some of her favourite destinations, each accompanied with a puzzle that reveals what place or landmark she is visiting. In the end, we may find out what she got out of her journey.
This is intended to be part 1 of 26 (assuming we all live that long). The answers will be needed in the final puzzle, all others are standalones. Note that while many of Gladys's destinations are obscure, each is notable enough to have its own separate article in the English Wikipedia.
Without further ado, let's hear what Gladys has to say:
As you know, today I started my long-awaited journey halfway across the globe. My trip has started very peacefully. I spent a quiet moment in a lovely church which has beautiful stained glass windows and just a wonderful atmosphere. I look forward to writing to you from the places I visit to let you figure out where in the world I'm travelling.
Wish you were here!
Gladys will return in "Gladys unchained".