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Trip: Europe 2016

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New Definition of “You Need A Haircut”

FRANCE | Thursday, 7 Jul 2016 | Views [290]

I've seen thatched roofs before but can't remember one that has so much grass growing on it!

Chateau St Germain de Livet

FRANCE | Thursday, 7 Jul 2016 | Views [275]

It is amazing what photography can do to a building! The brochure makes the chateau look quite large. It is lovely,with a surrounding moat, but not on the grand scale of a chateau in the Loire Valley. The most interesting feature is the combination ... Read more >

The "Bonbon" Capital of Normandy

FRANCE | Wednesday, 6 Jul 2016 | Views [308]

The weather today wasn't cooperating so we decided to stay close to home and explore two of the close by beach towns. The first one,Villers, we had driven through on our way to Houlgate (It had the huge dinosaur topiary and we even found a baby dinosaur ... Read more >

Wow! Something That Really Lived Up to Expectations Part II

FRANCE | Tuesday, 5 Jul 2016 | Views [238]

  I didn't realize that Ed took a couple of photos of me on the climb up the cliff. I was glad to had a souvenir of the experience. We also discovered that the town itself , like most of the others along channel, was subject to the Nazi regime.... Read more >

Wow! Something That Really Lived Up to Expectations

FRANCE | Monday, 4 Jul 2016 | Views [351] | Comments [2]

Since we have been coming here to France for some 20 years, there aren't many sites that we haven't visited. Today, we decided to drive out to one that has been on our “must see” list for quite awhile. We drove out to Etretat and it was ... Read more >

Has anyone seen Monet?

USA | Sunday, 3 Jul 2016 | Views [234]

We went back over to Honfleur today to explore a very large park that we had never visited before. It's claim to fame is a garden within the park that pays tribute to all the famous people born in Honfleur or who chose to live and work there. The park ... Read more >

It Looks Like a Nice Day for a Medieval Fair

USA | Saturday, 2 Jul 2016 | Views [314]

The little town just next to Deauville, Touques, was having its Medieval Fair last weekend and we decided to attend. We had a blast. Although we have been to some of the most famous ones in France, this little town really did quite a fine job. First, ... Read more >

A Solemn Day

USA | Friday, 1 Jul 2016 | Views [266]

You just can't be in Normandy and not visit the beaches that bear witness to the remarkable courage of the allied troops fighting against Nazism. We started our journey where the Canadians landed at Sword Beach and slowly we made our way up the ... Read more >

Villa Strassburger

USA | Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 | Views [277]

This majestic home is a “must see” in all the guide books, so of course we went to see it. To sustain itself now, people can rent it out for marriages and other fancy affairs. As we approached it, we read a plaque that was prominently displayed.... Read more >

Plus Beau Village

USA | Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 | Views [505]

Another Jewel and Which One Sparkles More According to the French Tourist Association? And which one would you choose? Beuvron is another one of those charming villages which makes you think you have been transported back in time. The shops even offer ... Read more >

Finding a Little Jewel

USA | Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 | Views [329]

This morning we headed off to the quaint little town of Beaumont. Guidebooks say not to miss it. And they are correct. The village looks like it could be used in a movie set. I have written before about the 100 Plus Beaux Villages en France. To recap, ... Read more >

Deauville Beach

USA | Monday, 27 Jun 2016 | Views [294]

Deauville's beach is internationally famous. In September, the Deauville French-American Film Festival is held here. And the winners of the Festival not only receive an award but they get a piece of a fence named after them. There are the fancy changing ... Read more >

SOOOO French

USA | Sunday, 26 Jun 2016 | Views [232]

Among other things, the French are on a health kick! This morning on my favorite French morning show, they did a whole segment on eating more healthy by cutting down on fatty meats and eating more fruits and vegetables. They showed a woman in the butcher ... Read more >

SUPER Supermarkets

USA | Saturday, 25 Jun 2016 | Views [297]

Once upon a time, not too long ago it was hard to find many products here in France that we consider staples- like mayonnaise, peanut butter, and ketchup. Today, however, a few of the French chains make Publix look like a mom and pop store. They also ... Read more >

Boudin Exhibit - Monet's BFF

USA | Friday, 24 Jun 2016 | Views [256]

Eugene Boudin, born in Honfleur, loved to paint in nearby Trouville and Deauville. To honor him this summer, the town decorated its dock with reproductions of some his most famous works that were painted on it. It's fun to stand where the artist did, ... Read more >

Trouville-Sur-mer Normandie

USA | Thursday, 23 Jun 2016 | Views [303]

The town next to Deauville is Trouville with a river running between them. We crossed the bridge and walked through the center of town to their beach. It is very wide and there is a large section just off the boardwalk with a giant “play”... Read more >

WHAT? A Beach Day

USA | Wednesday, 22 Jun 2016 | Views [356] | Comments [2]

We visited a pretty little beach town a few miles away yesterday called Houlgate. The beach was easily accessible so we took a peek. Amazingly, it was pretty crowded for a very cool and mostly cloudy day. It turned out the hordes were the local school ... Read more >

How Much Alcohol Did You Say This Contained??

USA | Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 | Views [296] | Comments [1]

If you are in Normandy you have to have a taste of Calvados! So, we decided to visit a famous Calvados factory. We were the first ones there and we were told if no French people arrived that the tour would be in English. Of course, two minutes before ... Read more >


USA | Monday, 20 Jun 2016 | Views [243]

As most of you know, I travel with some exercise equipment. It makes me feel less guilty when I indulge in the local goodies. The weights are simple to assemble; they just need to be filled with water. The exercise ball, however, needs to be inflated ... Read more >


USA | Saturday, 18 Jun 2016 | Views [320] | Comments [1]

No matter how many times we visit this little jewel, it still enthralls. We are much closer than we have ever been in previous years so we really had time to explore many of the side streets that we had to forgo in the past. We found the oldest part ... Read more >

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