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: texas | Trip of a lifetime
2: wonder world park
3: we are having WAY too much
4: wonder cave
5: In the year 1983, wonder cave was discovered by a farmer who was drilling for water. This cave was, opened in 1903, making it the oldest commercial cave in texas.. This cave is a dry cave, that was formed by an earthquake and lies within the 300 mi long Balcones fault zone. This cave is tight, which is really interesting because it helps one realize that you are indeed in a crack of the earth. This cave has a stairway that leads down to the deepest part of the cave, where the visitors can see the waters of Edward Aquifer. Fossils covers the ceiling of the cave in intricate designs of the past. The Balcones fault line is visible in the ceiling, allowing one to see the underside of the line. The deepest part of the cave is 160 ft, called the wishing well.
6: tejas observation tower | k | u | r | b | y
7: Tejas Observation Tower Exit Wonder World Cave by our “Stratavator”, from the bottom of the cave. The shaft was created for the exiting of the cave and for the viewing of the many geological strata formations. Travel 190 feet upwards into the Observation Museum in the Sky to see spectacular views of the dramatic shifting during the Earthquake and the formation of the Balcones Fault Line Cave. Look over the escarpment’s breaking-off points that reveal the location of the fault line below. See the Hill Country’s uplift and the Gulf Coastal Plains dividing points that are the major distinguishing geological landmarks of Texas.
8: were an intergral part of Aquarena from its inception. | Handmade Glass-bottom Boat Endowment | A glass bottom boat is a boat with sections of glass below the waterline allowing passengers to observe the underwater environment from within the boat. The first glass bottom boat at Aquarena was a converted paddle boat that Paul Rogers built to show his family and friends the San Marcos Springs and the abundant animal and plant life living in Spring lake. Encouraged by the enthusiasm of his viewers Paul went on to develop the area around the headwaters of the San Marcos river and Spring lake into an amusement park using Glass Bottom Boats as it's main attraction. Between 1945 and 1994, 8 glass bottom boats were built using the same design, experiencing few alterations other than replacing the canvas top, enclosing the boat with windows, installing doors in the bow and squaring off the pointed bow for easier loading and unloading of passengers.
9: Aquarena is Rich in History The area surrounding the headwaters of the San Marcos River is a portal into Texas history. Archaeological discoveries of Clovis points and Mastodon bones indicate that this area has been inhabited over 12,000 years. The Tonkawa Indians were one of the earliest native Americans to live in the area, followed by the Apache and Commanche Indians. The first recorded history of non-Indian habitation was when the Spanish explorers found the bubbling springs over three centuries ago. Fransican Monks looking for areas to establish their missions came upon the river on St. Mark's Day, thus naming the waters the San Marcos river. One of the founders of the city of San Marcos, General Edward G. Burleson, built his home on the grounds at Aquarena Center in 1848 and later built a dam to run his Gristmill in 1851 creating Spring lake and covering up 12,000 years of artifacts.
10: glenrose texas | Almost 113 million years ago, Glen Rose was home to many different species of dinosaurs, which have left their tracks throughout the town, thus earning the title "Dinosaur Capitol of Texas". Glen Rose, Texas also sits on the Barnett Shale, the hottest natural gas play in the U.S, which reaches across North Texas including neighboring Johnson, Hood, Hill, Comanche, Bosque and Erath counties, and has become the largest onshore field in Texas. Glen Rose, the only city in Somervell County, has a population 2,400 and is one of the premier locations for living the "Rural American Life Style." The past several years have seen the demand for property and real estate in Glen Rose rise as more and more people are forsaking the busy city life for the quiet country life. Glen Rose is also fast becoming a popular town for vacation homes and retirees. Somervell County is the second smallest county in Texas. However, our location in the Fort Worth metropolitan region represents a 1.1 million-area population for shopping, services, culture, business and leisure.
11: Fossil Rim Wildlife
16: Chez Laurent & Pascale | July 6th - It feels good to sit, kick our feet up and munch on "cacahuetes"! | Sweet Gabriel | Laurent pours a drink
17: A little stroll through Rouen | Les macarons | Place du Vieux Marché
24: 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
25: == | Pont-de-l'Arche | We took in a leisurely walk where my cousin James lives with his family.
26: La Paella | Au marché | Sotteville -les -Rouen
27: Deauville | Deaville is regarded as the "Queen of the Normanbeaches... fashionable holiday resort for the international upper class.
28: Ouistreham | We stopped for lunch on our way to the Canadian cemetery | David, Jade et Julie | Resto-"Au Coin du Port"
29: 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
30: 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.
31: Le "Mobilehome" | St-Germain-sur-Ay | Oncle Bernard has this cottage (built around a trailer), situated on La Manche in Normandy.
32: Lunch at Auberge Saint-Pierre
33: Le Mont St-Michel | Statue of Joan of Arc | Samuel in the Abbey
34: Saint-Malo | From this port in Brittany in 1534, Jacques Cartier set sail to discover the passage to the Orient and discovers Canada.
35: Chez Chantal | We stayed at my cousin's for a night at her home in Cesson-Sévigné | Delicious pastries !
36: B&B Châateau Chanzé | Faye d'Anjou | Explore
37: Hot Air Balloon | Dreams come true | Champagne Toast
39: Oradour-sur-Glane | Preserved in a ruined state, Oradour offers a glimpse of WW2 devastation. | Martyr village | June 10, 1944
40: Mamie | Beauzelle | Papie
41: 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
42: Carca | Oncle Salvatore et Tante Pierette
43: ssonne | La cité de | Medieval beauty
44: Cap D'Agde | Mediterranean
45: Moules et Frites pour Julie | Chasing crabs | Fun at the beach in Southern France with cousins James et Sandrine | Yoanne et Corentin
46: Aqueduct built by the Roman Empire in 50 B.C. | Pont | du Gard
47: Cucuron | Le Vignoble | Mas La Riaille Charming B&B in the Vaucluse with views of the Lubéron
48: C | u | c | u | r | o | n | Place de l'étang
49: Parcours | en foret | Alex in the vineyard | Accrobranche
50: 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.
53: Fountain in the square | Lavender fields | Valensol | Provence
54: Sacré Coeur - Montmartre | Bateau-Mouche La Seine | Tour Eiffel | Notre Dame
55: Tour Eiffel | L'Arc de Triomphe | Pont Alexandre | Street Crepes
62: Reunited with Béa | We stayed with my dear friend Béa while visiting Paris.
63: Béa's husband got us half price tickets to Parc Astérix | Fabulous show!
68: Windows | & Doors of France | By Julie Forsyth
69: 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.