Colville-Montgomery to La Baule
Trip Start Aug 29, 2005
26Trip End Aug 01, 2006
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The weather has been great. Were even in the swimming pool outdoors the other morning at 10h00. Bit chilly in the water, but still more than tolerable, and the sun very warming. For the past two days we have been getting cooler mornings and the smell of autumn has begun and it has Ted itching to go hunting
We took in some of the D day sights and museums here in Normandie and the day we spent on the beaches looking at bunkers and such there was a full bore gale blowing. Huge waves and winds, chillier temperatures. Probably a fitting day considering the day of June 6th , 1944 was a pretty rough and rainy day. The Juno Beach museum is well worth the visit. It is really very sobering throughout much of our travels to see the evidence of the wars, and the reminders. Something we lack in Canada I think, at least we do not have it in our backyards like here. Granted one of the bunkers has been made into a nightclub, but why not - these are incredibly well built structures!
We also viewed the Bayeux Tapestry - a tapestry embroidered in 1074 depicting the invasion and defeat of the anglo-saxons - the battle for the English crown between William the Conqueror and King Harold. Incredible to think of the time if took to create and more so the fact that it still exists in very good shape today. A side trip worthy of spending some time. The cathedral in Bayeux, with its crypts also impressive
Things are going very well here. We play tourists until September 26th when we report in for our one month of language classes in Sancerre. (Ted a bit anxious?? - 'reporting in for duty') Expect the regional wine will only be an asset!
We are currently near Mont Saint Michel. We spent all morning in the fortress and abbey. It was a wonderful example of gothic and renaissance architecture. The kids are getting better at seeing the sights so they tolerated this visit better than past ones. (We are even managing to work around naptimes, amazingly) We are having a good time but it will be good to be settled for a month for the sake of the kids. They...Aidan keeps wondering where we will live next and if he will have new friends, although he seems to claim many. Guillaume (friend in Colville will be missed). Every dog we see (regardless of breed) is Kenzie or Bruce
Language acquisition (reason we are here n'est-ce pas? - aside from the obvious wine, cheese, and bread)- Isla says Aidan clearly, a little parrot when it comes to new French words, Aidan slowly overcoming his shyness with French and beginning again to speak in French.
Many thank yous to all who are sending emails - we love receiving them, will try to respond. Hope once we are in Sancerre we will have better email connections.
p.s. today - 27 sept- I accidentally erased the new email messages I had just downloaded - if anyone sent us an email before 10am france time, if possible could you resend? Have fixed it, so that I cannot do this again without a few steps in between - my apologies