A Brief Recounting of Our Trip to France
I confess — I had to look up the meaning of evanescent, this week’s photography challenge. It means “soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.”
That’s describes my trip to France, I thought.
Life is already crowding out the moments I thought I would savor for a long time.
To hold onto the memories a little longer, I put together a two picture per day summary.
May 13 — Travel day
British Airways took very good care of us. At the urging of a friend, I upgraded both my father and my brother to each have a “Biz Bed”. Because we were traveling with someone who needed assistance (my father was in a wheelchair), we also got special treatment. I’m not exactly sure what all the little dots meant, but they were good. My brother and father got to eat in the British Airways lounge before the flight, while Bud and I had a quiet dinner in a little airport restaurant.
It was pouring when we left Newark. This was my view out the window.
My sister and her husband met us at the airport.
When we finally arrived at Bayeux, we were tired and hungry. I had Croque Monsieur for the first time in my life at a little cafe a stone’s throw from our hotel.
May 15 Normandy
We loved everything about our hotel in Bayeux, the Villa Lara. This rabbit guarded the stairway door.
For our first day with our guide, he brought us to the Pegasus Bridge and the Canadian cemetery. Colin had so many stories to tell, but I think my favorite of all of them was here, of the bagpiper who played for the British troops.
May 16 Normandy
Among the places we visited this day was Sainte-Mère-Église where a paratrooper had gotten caught on the church steeple.
May 17 Normandy — then travel to Paris
The view from a German bunker at Omaha Beach.
Then we drove to Paris.
May 18 Paris
We walked around Paris. Old and new stand side by side.
Dinner cruise on the Seine. The Eiffel Tower is pretty spectacular.
May 19 Paris
Impressive art at the Petit Palais.
May 20 Travel day
The return trip. Waiting at the airport.
I’m easily amused. I thought “Salad Sauce” was funny. The flight home felt a thousand times longer — I looked for entertainment where I could find it.
May 21 Collapse
This was how we all felt the next day.