S: Voyage en France - 2007
BC: The Bride July 19 The Groom | Marc was kind enough to drive throughout the trip. I don't drive a standard! | Samuel faithfully wrote in the journals that I made for him & his brother.
FC: France | Trip of a lifetime | July 2007
1: YYZ-CDG July 5th 2007 | Jet lagged, we argued for a larger car to fit all our luggage & a car seat for Samuel. The boys fell asleep on the terminal floor and in the car while we struggled with the GPS. | Our BMW rental | Samuel & Alex exhausted
2: Chez Laurent & Pascale | July 6th - It feels good to sit, kick our feet up and munch on "cacahuetes"! | Sweet Gabriel | Laurent pours a drink
3: A little stroll through Rouen | Les macarons | Place du Vieux Marché
4: Le Gros Horloge is a symbole of Rouen and was built in 1389 | R | O | U | E | N
5: Ma tante Aurore made us a traditional Portuguese luncheon. with rice, chicken and shrimp. For dessert Melon au Porto | Typical architecture "Style Normand"
7: Alex & Samuel were happy to explore places so rich in history. They were amazed to stand exactly where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. | Place du Vieux Marché
8: Tombe de mon Oncle José | It's always been very important to me to have a bond with my dad's family...it's sad they're so far away. | Marc et Jade | Oncle Bernard et Esteban | Cousin Nicolas et Caroline avec Guillaume, Jonathan et Alexandre
9: == | Pont-de-l'Arche | We took in a leisurely walk where my cousin James lives with his family.
10: La Paella | Au marché | Sotteville -les -Rouen
11: Deauville | Deaville is regarded as the "Queen of the Normanbeaches... fashionable holiday resort for the international upper class.
12: Ouistreham | We stopped for lunch on our way to the Canadian cemetery | David, Jade et Julie | Resto-"Au Coin du Port"
13: Beny-sur-Mer (Reviers) | This Canadian cemetery holds 2049 headstones of our beloved WW2 soldiers. It's enclosed by pines & maples. Symbols of love & respect are present everywhere. | Respect | Lest We Forget
14: Arromanches artificial port (Mulberry Harbour) location of the D-Day landings in 1944 | Alex & Samuel were treated to huge cotton candies by mon Oncle Bernard.
15: Le "Mobilehome" | St-Germain-sur-Ay | Oncle Bernard has this cottage (built around a trailer), situated on La Manche in Normandy.
16: Lunch at Auberge Saint-Pierre
17: Le Mont St-Michel | Statue of Joan of Arc | Samuel in the Abbey
18: Saint-Malo | From this port in Brittany in 1534, Jacques Cartier set sail to discover the passage to the Orient and discovers Canada.
19: Chez Chantal | We stayed at my cousin's for a night at her home in Cesson-Sévigné | Delicious pastries !
20: B&B Châateau Chanzé | Faye d'Anjou | Explore
21: Hot Air Balloon | Dreams come true | Champagne Toast
23: Oradour-sur-Glane | Preserved in a ruined state, Oradour offers a glimpse of WW2 devastation. | Martyr village | June 10, 1944
24: Mamie | Beauzelle | Papie
25: We | We stopped in Beauzelle to visit with family and pay our last respects to my Oncle Fernand who passed only a month before we had a chance to see him. | B | a | l | d | o | The art of eating
26: Carca | Oncle Salvatore et Tante Pierette
27: ssonne | La cité de | Medieval beauty
28: Cap D'Agde | Mediterranean
29: Moules et Frites pour Julie | Chasing crabs | Fun at the beach in Southern France with cousins James et Sandrine | Yoanne et Corentin
30: Aqueduct built by the Roman Empire in 50 B.C. | Pont | du Gard
31: Cucuron | Le Vignoble | Mas La Riaille Charming B&B in the Vaucluse with views of the Lubéron
32: C | u | c | u | r | o | n | Place de l'étang
33: Parcours | en foret | Alex in the vineyard | Accrobranche
34: One of my favorite photos is of a captured moment when Alex & I shared a morning walk in a vineyard in Provence. He noticed a void in the vine and said: "Mama look!" I snapped this picture.
37: Fountain in the square | Lavender fields | Valensol | Provence
38: Sacré Coeur - Montmartre | Bateau-Mouche La Seine | Tour Eiffel | Notre Dame
39: Tour Eiffel | L'Arc de Triomphe | Pont Alexandre | Street Crepes
40: Reunited with Béa | We stayed with my dear friend Béa while visiting Paris.
41: Béa's husband got us half price tickets to Parc Astérix | Fabulous show!
46: Windows | & Doors of France | By Julie Forsyth
47: In the past when I've visited France, I took certain things for granted. During this trip, I made certain to soak up all the beauty which surrounded us.