I am sitting in a hotel room in Paris France and have never posted from a foreign country before so thought this might be fun. I have been in France for 10 days and have nothing but good things to say. Contrary to popular opinion, the people here seem polite and courteous. I have spent much of the trip along the coat from Normandy south through Brittany and then up the Loire Valley. Being an American in those area brings a certain pride and status. Visited the D-Day beaches and the American Cemetery. Tough place to keep from getting choked up. We sat in a small hotel in Bayeux (the first village liberated by Allied troops on D-day) and watched Saving Private Ryan on my computer. It was certainly powerful to watch the film from the area where the events took place. There are monuments to American soldiers erected everywhere.
After that we toured(on our own...no tour busses for me) some ancient Cathedrals, Castles, and Château's. Then on to Paris for the usual sites. I will add some pics but need to post this as I belive I have a time limit on the connection.
Mont St. Michel (probably spelled that wrong). This was started about 1600 years ago. Surrounded by water but dry when the tide is out (as in the pic). The tide comes in very fast here. This place was amazing! There is an entire village inside. We climbed all the way to the Chapel but coundnt get in due to a service.
Great Pict's. Sounds like you are on the move. The picture of Omaha Beach is just incredible. A site that should be seen by all Americans to remind us where we came from and the sacrifice for freedom. Thank you.
An example of carved stone at the church in Charetres. That is all hand carved. One mistake and years of work was destroyed.
Many of these cathedrals and churches were constructed over periods up to 800 years which give some idea of the scale. Pictures do no justice and its something everyone interested in the origins of western civilization should experience....religious or not. Many of these were damaged during the countless wars. All are constantly under some type of reconstruction.