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.


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