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Maureen and I had a long-awaited honeymoon in France...touring with friends, the second half.

25 May 2007 to 30 May 2007

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24 May 2007

We're finally on the road away from Paris in a rented Ford Galaxy that barely held our stuff and ourselves.

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The port town of Honfleur. We had lunch at L'Hippocampe.

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No shortage of cathedrals in France.

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More town scenes.

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Dinner at Le Pommier in Bayeux.

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Bayeux has its own Notre Dame cathedral. With similar sculpted art.

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25 May 2007

The Caen Memorial, a museum of peace. Lots of artifacts from WWII and the years just before and just after.

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This wedding dress was made out of British Sgt. Emeny's parachute, who was shot down in May 1944. The wedding took place Sep 1947.


Detail map of the D-Day invasion, showing the beach section codenames.

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The Nobel Peace Prize gallery in the back of the memorial.

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The grounds in front of the building.

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Mont Saint-Michel is an island whose surrounding water is tidal and whose land is a single mountain. Lots of climbing.

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This terrace is in front of the abbey of the island.

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Yikes! A long way down, visible from this grate.


I wouldn't get that close to the edge.

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The Abbey has many pictoresque rooms.

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A rest after all that exploring.


It's all downhill from here.

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Dinner at La Confiance.

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Château Bellefontaine, our temporary residence in Bayeux.

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26 May 2007

Normandy D-Day sites by van tour from the Caen Memorial. Not many words can describe this.

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The American Memorial, the cemetery of which was filmed in Saving Private Ryan. Ditto on indescribability.

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The actual beaches and the surrounding area.

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After such a solemn day, we relax at the beautiful Château Bellefontaine, where we've been staying. Okay, now that we're in a less solemn mood, our van tour driver looked like a French version of Jeremy Piven (so I of course referred to him as such with a French-ish accent ("zher'-eh-mee pi'-venh")).

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27 May 2007

Chartres has its own famous cathedral named Notre Dame, this one featuring a relic -- the veil of the Virgin Mary.

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Only Maureen was brave enough to climb the tower, with a good view of the town.

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Only a one-night stay at Château d'Esclimont in Saint-Symphorien.

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Modern sculptures adorn the grounds. The apparent tuft of hair (made of twigs) was not actually part of the sculpture (I think).

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Dinner was kinda pricey but good and good-looking.

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Ben psyches himself for dessert.

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28 May 2007

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, the town where Chocolat was filmed. My running joke this time was the "Ozerain" was a French-accent pronunciation of "other rain" (as in "not this rain, but the..."). When will I learn to quit?

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Interesting window graffiti. I saved this for my sister-in-law.


We had an excellent and inexpensive quiche lunch at the local café, La Grange.

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Our last major stop before returning to Paris was Beaune, in the Burgundy wine region. Excellent dinner at Le Conty.

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29 May 2007

Wine tasting at Marché aux Vins in Beaune.

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More wine tasting at Patriarche Père et Fils in Beaune.

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Maureen practices her tap routine. Check out the GIF animation on her stage page.

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30 May 2007

Back in Paris, we had a quick lunch at Quick, a fast-food joint like McDonalds. I had to try the currently featured "Spider-Man" burger, which had an imprinted web on the bun and extra-stringy cheese.


Our last dinner before returning to the States was at Leon de Bruxelles, a chain specializing in moules frites, mussels and fries.

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Last visit to the Eiffel Tower. We missed the last elevator again, this time only just. "Missed it by that much!"


Maureen finally does her long-awaited tap routine in front of the Tower. Again, check out the GIF animation on her stage page (second one).

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