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FC: Tim and Nat's Tour de France
1: FRANCE | PARIS | ARRIVED 13 OCT 2011 | In addition to the usual things a couple needs to build a new home, we asked for one AWESOME honeymoon. Thank you all so much for sending us on this amazing trip! We loved every minute.
2: Here's a guide to our trip to France. We traveled by car from Paris to Normandy, to the Dordogne and Provence, and back to Paris. Vive la France!
3: Paris | 13 OCT 2011
6: Monet's Garden
8: OMAHA BEACH | We visited Omaha Beach, one of the beaches where the D-Day landings took place in World War II. At the top of the hills overlooking the beach is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. A little further along the coast, overlooking the landing beaches is Pointe Du Hoc. Here, U.S. Army Rangers scaled the cliffs to capture and eliminate German artillery positions threatening the Allied landings.
10: MONT SAINT - MICHEL
11: MONT SAINT-MICHEL is one of the most famous monuments in France next to the Eiffel Tower. Religious pilgrims have traveled to Mont St Michel since the Middle Ages in search of forgiveness for their sins.
13: France by Car | OUR DRIVING ADVENTURE BEGAN IN NORMANDY WITH A LITTLE OFF-ROADING. Trying to find a road in Normandy, we ended up driving through some poor farmer's field. Luckily, neither us, our rental car, or any livestock were hurt in the process. From there the adventure continued to Chinon and the Dordogne.
14: The Road To | CHINON
17: Like it's neighbor Lascaux, Font-de-Gaume is famous for its prehistoric cave paintings that date back to 17,000 B.C. These paintings depict bison, horses and mammoths. Unlike Lascaux, Font-de-Gaume's original art is still open for public viewing. Below is a reproduction of Font-de-Gaume's most famous scene, a mother reindeer kissing her calf. | Font -de- Gaume
19: CANOEING ON THE DORDOGNE We spent a relaxing afternoon paddling down the Dordogne River, past beautiful medieval towns and castles.
20: LANGUEDOC AND THE MASSIF CENTRAL From the Dordogne, we hacked our way across the rural Massif Central, home to beautiful farmland, numerous cows, and some stunning cliffs and valleys. The Millau Viaduct is the world's tallest bridge, standing 1,125 feet above the valley floor.
22: MARKET DAY IN ARLES The busiest part of any week in a small town is market day. Vendors line the streets selling fresh fruit, cured meats, clothes, and ready made treats like paella and nougat. Tim and I highly recommend the paella, just mind the squid.
24: VAN GOGH'S CAFE Vincent Van Gogh spent his most prolific years in Arles. The town is the location for many of his most famous
25: paintings, including Café Terrace at Night. Many Roman ruins litter the area, including an amphitheater and an impressive colosseum, still in use.
27: Lyon is France's second city, known for it's textiles, for leading the resistance during the Nazi occupation in World War II, and for it's food. Lyon is said to have restaurants to rival any in Paris, and at much more reasonable prices. We took full advantage of this during our trip and went to La Mere Brazier, a restaurant with 2 Michelin stars that has been in Lyon for over 90 years. We've added some pictures of what we had to eat that night, but they just don't do the meal justice. | LYON
28: Back to | PARIS