Sunday, April 30, 2017

Prom 2017

 Austin's last high school prom.
His date is Chloe, friends since kindergarten, his first girlfriend.
 The "corsage" is a bracelet and ring made of roses.
And a few family photos before.
 Austin and Peyton
 Austin and Kaitlyn
Fun pre-prom dinner at our house for 14 BCHS friends.
 I will return to blogging about the final days in Paris of spring break 2017.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring Break 2017 - Day 5 - Normandy, France

 Our rainy morning on April 4th began with bus ride to the 
amazing Caen-Normandie Memorial Museum in Lower Normandy.

My favorite parts of the museum was an outside underground German Bunker 
and the movie "D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy."
The numerous exhibits and photos were very impressive.  
I hope the teenagers understood the significance of the World War II battles
 of June 6, 1944 through July 24, 1944 in the immediate area.
My dad served in England and France during WWII,  and
Glenn's dad served in England, France and Germany. 
He was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart. 
After the museum, we visited several D-Day beaches 
where bunkers and concrete barriers are still located. 

Glenn and I enjoyed lunch at the beach front Hotel De Le Marine
in Arromanches-les-Bains, France.
 Glenn enjoying the "French" bread at lunch.
 My delicious gluten free fish and chips below.
 The BCHS guidance counselor, Eef and senior English
and theater teacher, Jody with Glenn and his new hat purchase.
Austin and friends explored the pretty town. 

Upper Normandy Overnight and Cuppa French Tea

 We arrived around 11:00 p.m. at our overnight accommodations in
Grandcamp-Maisy on a "resort"  beach in Normandy,  
but too dark and late to explore.
And, the resort hotel was nothing like American resorts.
Believe me, overnight accommodations are not the highlight
of school group  EF Educational Tours. 
I was glad I took gluten free crackers
and peanut butter from home for several breakfasts because except for the
first two mornings all breakfasts were "continental" cereals, breads, and jam, etc.
The Dammann Freres Breakfast Black loose leaf tea in a sachet
was quite good with my PNB breakfast.
According to their website: "Dammann Freres Tea was established in 1925
by two tea-loving brothers, Robert and Pierre Dammann"
I enjoyed my first "French tea" while in France.
Are any blog readers familiar with this tea?
After breakfast we loaded our luggage on the bus and departed to
drive to tour lower Normandy.  This was the only one-night stay of the trip.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Picturesque Honfleur - Day 4

After a long day, we arrived in upper Normandy and stopped for dinner
at Honfleur, a very picturesque port on the Seine.  
Our group split up into small groups to have dinner at various
 restaurants and sidewalk cafes. 
Above: Glenn, Austin and I were joined by Susan, Ty and Carmen. 
 My gluten free dinner below. 
Everyone wandered around and explored
Below: Ty Austin, and Carmen. 

The lovely port has been painted many times by artists
including Courbet, Boudin and Monet.  

As you can see from my blog posts, traveling with teenagers
on educational tours = very, very long days!  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ferry to France - Day 4

Continuing from Canterbury to Dover, we arrived at the ferry
at our appointed time to take the "Pride of Kent" to Calais.
The cliffs of Dover at the dock.
Our bus took us to the dock where our luggage was loaded onto
small carts and stored.  We walked onto the boarding area.
Most ferry travelers were in cars or trucks.
Beginning with the Ferry, Austin, Glenn and I embarked
on travels we had never experience before. 
Prior to this trip, Glenn and I had only been to Paris for one day.
The adventures for us began here... 
Snacks and beverages helped with our energy level. 
Packaged Madeleines were in all the shops in France. 
We had lunch on-our-own on the ferry in the nice cafeteria.
Izzy, Candice, Ty, Sam and Austin exploring the ferry. 
When we arrived at Calais, we boarded a bus.
Franz, the driver, was from Belgium (as was the bus).
Franz, after several days of touring, delivered us to our Paris hotel.  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Canterbury Teatime

I was determined to find a cup of tea in Canterbury.
After little sleep and a very early morning,
I was so happy to find this delightful tearoom
just off the town square and entrance to the Cathedral. 

I was the only morning customer and to my delight they had
one gluten free item on the menu -
a gluten free Victorian Sponge Cake. 
Thanks to international phone service, I promptly called Austin to join me.

Austin is very thoughtful and ordered "take-away" orders for
Glenn and Mr. F, the other GF traveler in our group. 
Although I don't have a photo, Glenn and Mr. F. joined us
for tea and cake. They were happy, happy, too!

The three tiered server below would be a lovely afternoon tea. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Canterbury - Day 4

We departed our London hotel very early on Monday, April 3
and drove to Canterbury to tour the cathedral and enjoy the
pretty little town.
Major renovations are in progress at Canterbury Cathedral.
This was our family's second visit to the Canterbury.
The above is a military burial site, therefore the wreath of poppies. 

 The town of Canterbury is a delightful place to visit.

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