Translation: A Week in Normandy Part One:
Way too many pictures and memories for one post. I know that isn’t a very exciting way to begin a post and pull in the reader, but we had such an incredible week in the Normandy region of France that it is going to take at least two posts, and a very special third post dedicated solely to the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and how our visit to Omaha Beach, the American Cemeteries on Omaha Beach and in Brittany, deeply affected us all, even the smallest of our two boys. But I digress…..
Let’s talk about Honfleur! We stayed at a French resort just outside the coastal village of Honfleur. It has become my absolute favorite place we have visited to date. It is definitely a holiday destination for the locals. Very little English is spoken there, but if you know a little bit of French and at least try graciously to communicate, the people of this village are warm and friendly and are genuinely pleased that you are visiting their beautiful home. We loved this village so much that we spent our first and last days walking around and enjoying it.
Day two we went to another coastal town, this one quite a bit bigger than Honfleur, known as Deauville. Deauville is a summer playground of the rich and famous. The beach is beautiful with a nice boardwalk and some incredible 5-star hotels, the Grand Casino, a horse racing track, vacation homes right on the beach and an international film festival. The boys really enjoyed the beach, although it definitely isn’t beach weather in mid-February. Digging in the sand and picking out interesting seashells is never boring to ten and six-year-old boys.
Day 3 was our exploration of D-Day monuments and historical locations and that day will get its very own post in the near future.
Day 4, 5, and 6 will be in the next post, but let’s get to what you really want to see – the pics!