|bird seen along the way (falcon? hawk?)|
Have been away from here for so long! So much to catch up.
In order of events that I have neglected, are:
1. My visit with Amanda and Rob to Normandy Beaches.
2. A trip to the beaches on the south coast near Vannes, with Lucile
3. My visit to Paris with Jo, Gloria and Gail!!
4. And my visit with Jay all over the place!!
So, this post is #1. Normandy with Amanda and Rob
The American portion of the Normandy Beaches memorials are closed right now due to the Gov't Shutdown in the US. Seems strange as this is in France, but the ground is "owned" by the US and falls under the Parks Dept.
When I was there with Amanda and Rob, it was hot summertime. July 31. A 3 hour drive up from Josselin. We went directly to our B&B to check in early. That way, we could have an evening dinner out before a late return for the night. The B&B was really lovely. In Lamberville, Normandy.
Down a tree lined "avenue" we came to "La Beauconniére", which is an old farm with stone mansion and another stone house to the rear outfitted as a B&B with 5 rooms, all with separate baths. Our host, Dean welcomed us warmly and gave us lots of interesting and useful information. The next morning, after a scrumptious breakfast we met the kids, on horseback and also the family pets. A pair of labs and an adorable cat, Jesse. Dean's wife Karen, is an American from Glens Falls!! Of course we had a good chat! Also, Karen made the most delicious cake and I am still wanting that recipe.
|Jesse the Cat|
this pic really belongs at end of the Normandy pics
A 40 minute drive north to the Beaches.....
At the Normandy Beaches
|while standing on the path overlooking the bluff this plane did a fly-over....it was spine tingling! (Amanda took this pic)|
|10,000 American graves|
|a gun bunker (battery)|
|huge craters everywhere on the bluff of Utah Beach made by bombs|
|After the Beaches......|
|Boat in Grandcamp-Maisy|
Then we went back to La Beauconniére for the night. Next morning, we left for Saint-Malo. A city on the coast back in Bretagne. (Brittany). A fortress city with old town within the walls. On our way, we drove on many country roads, narrow and windy with hay bales in all the fields along with many cows. Whenever we came to a docile cow setting, we took pictures. All the cow pictures are great. I know Rob thought it was funny and we had a lot of laughs. Amanda and I share a love of cows. Especially their faces.
|a country house we came across in the middle of nowhere on a country road|
|(I think I took this one)|
|that bird taking flight....in motion, but feet are still on the post|
A charming medieval city, largely reconstructed after WWII. Lots of shops and bistros. A good time was had by all.
The Breton dancers on the square, Notre Dame, in Josselin
ALL IN ALL, IT WAS A WONDERFUL TIME, HAVING AMANDA AND ROB VISIT ME HERE IN FRANCE!!! THESE GREAT MEMORIES WILL LAST FOREVER!! â biebtôt !!
See you at the next post: Beaches at Vannes