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.

May 14 Arrive in France, make our way to Normandy

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

We had coffee every morning in a little sitting area off my sister’s room. I loved seeing the cathedral.

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 craters from the shelling at Omaha Beach were very impressive.

 

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

LaDuree — the macaroons are amazing.

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.

 

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14 thoughts on “A Brief Recounting of Our Trip to France

  1. I think it’s wonderful that all of you went to Normandy, and Paris wth your father, Sally. And Bayeux is wonderful!, too Now you and Bud must make a trip all your own; will you go back there?

  2. We went to Normandy and Omaha Beach (and all the other beaches as well) some years ago. What an incredible experience! What’s ephemeral about vacations to me is how once you get home, in many ways it feels as if you never went!

    janet

  3. One WEEK!!! Oh! Truly not enough time, I am sure. No wonder you were exhausted!! How exquisite to take your Dad with your Bud, Brother, and meeting your sister and husband there!! I am so glad for you dear Sally!!

    Lorna xo with love

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    • I was worried that longer than that would be even more exhausting for my father. It was really hard to guess how he would tolerate the trip. As it turned, one week was perfect. Exhausting, but perfect.

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  5. So interesting to read about your trip! I had the chance to visit parts of France & Belgium a few years ago as part of a study tour for teachers. Seeing & walking these sites was an unforgettable experience. For you to share this with family was wonderful, I’m sure. 🙂

    • I had never had any interest in going to France, but my father really wanted to go. Now I think everybody should go. It was truly wonderful.

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