S: Jewels of France 2012
FC: FRANCE 2012 | Paris Giverny Rouen Honfleur Deauville Landing Beaches Bayeux Mont St. Michel St. Malo Rennes Amboise Blois Chartes
1: March 31 - April 8, 2012 Chris, Jane & Jenn Cosmos Tour Jewels of France | Dominique (Bus Driver) Riccardo (Tour Director)
2: Giverny Monet's Gardens
3: Jane, Jenn, and Chris | 1 Avril 2012 12 | Monet's House
5: Rouen | A modern city steeped with History.
6: Joan of Arc led the French Armies to victory at the siege of Orléans. She admitted to having visions of and hearing God's voice. She was burned at the stake.
7: Cathédrale Notre Dame de Rouen Roman Catholic Gothic | The tomb of RIchard the Lionhearted His heart is buried here. | Chapelle de la vierge | St, Julien's stained glass window
8: Honfleur | Honfleur is located on the south bank of the Seine across from L'Havre, near the English Channel
9: St. Catherine a wood church | Samuel de Champlain, founder of Quebec, Navigator & Explorer
10: DEAUVILLE "Queen of Norman Beaches" A wealthy seaside resort town
11: Deauville's beach bathhouses are dedicated to famous actors and movie makers that have visited.
12: AMERICAN CEMETERY NORMANDY | 2 Avril 2012
13: OMAHA BEACH | On the beach looking up to the AMERICAN CEMETERY
14: OMAHA BEACH looking down towards the English Channel
15: on OMAHA BEACH
16: Near the village of Arromanches, a German bunker, a German gun, and some Allied troops disembarking their landing craft.
17: GOLD BEACH Mulberry Harbor 'B' The Allied constructed a floating harbor to unload heavy equipment like jeeps and tanks. Big pieces of the mulberry still remain.
18: BAYEUX The tapestry, displayed inside this museum, depicts the story of William the Conquerer. Statue of Eisenhower in round-a-bout. | L'addition s'il vous plait!
19: Mont St Michel
20: MONT ST MICHEL is the 2nd most visited place in France, after Paris
21: Mont St Michel sits on an island
22: Inside Mont St. Michel | Our hotel room, a triple, was HUGE! It had separate room for the toilet versus the shower & sink. Note the dormers - very charming!
23: SAINT-MALO is a walled port city in Brittany on the English Channel Chateau de St Malo | Saint-Malo has the biggest tides in Europe | 3 Avril 2012
24: Native to Saint-Malo, writer, Francois-René de Chateaubriand is buried on Grand Bé island per his request. | Saint-Malo is notorious as home of French privateers or pirates. Statue is of Robert Sucraft 1773-1827 | Jacques-Cartier sailed from Saint-Malo and is credited with the discovery of Canada. The plaque on the floor of St Vincent's depicts where Cartier received a blessing from the Bishop of Saint-Malo before he set sail.
26: Henry II gifted Chateau de Chenonceau to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. King Henry's wife was Catherine de' Medici.
27: CHATEAU de CHENONCEAU
28: Henry & Catherine's initials intertwined form the letter "D". | The Butcherie | Jenn at Chenonceau on the river Cher
29: Diane de Portier's garden | Chris & Jane at Chenonceau | 4 Avril 2012
30: Monmousseau Winery Taste sparkling wine | Labyrinth of Chalk Cellars
31: AMBOISE Chateau Royal | Notice both Gothic style (left) versus Renaissance style The guards' ramp to the chateau.
32: St. Hubert Chapel | Leonardi da Vinci tomb | Leonardi da Vinci statue | Jenn inside a hollow tree just outside St. Hubert Chapel
33: Chateau d'Amboise
34: Amboise & the Loire Valley | City scene in Amboise | The Loire River is the longest river in France.
35: BLOIS and the Loire Valley | 5 Avril 2012 | Flax is grown throughout Normandy
36: CHARTES | Cathédral Notre Dame de Chartes facades adorned with sculpted figures illustrating theological themes
37: North Rose Window The Glorification of the Virgin | South Rose Window The Glorification of Christ | West Rose Window The Last Judgment | Stain Glass on East facade
38: Musée de Louvre The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world.
39: Relics of Art Mona LIsa Winged Victory of Samothrace (Nike) Venus de Milo | 5 Avril 2012
40: PARIS | Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame Cathédral
41: L'Hotel des Invalides Tomb of Napoléon | Moulin Rouge | Statue of Joan of Arc | Place du Tertre | Sacre Coeur | Arc du Triomphe du Carrousel | Place de la Concorde | Shakespeare & Co | Opéra
42: Pont Alexandre III over the Seine River | Most ornate, extravagant bridge in Paris. It is a historical monument. | Winged horses, cherubs & nymphs adorn the bridge | Jane, by one of the many Art Nouveau lamp posts.
43: La Sainte Chapelle | in the centre of the Ile-de-la-Cité
44: Soupe a l'oignon Escargot (snails) Canard roti, courgettes, pommes de terre | Profiteroles (cream puff) | Galette complete
45: Au | Au Revoir!