Sunday in the Parc

Every day we get up and walk in the parc near our apartment. Parc Monceau is lovely and has several paths, statutes and gardens to keep us visually entertained. Most days we also get to see the school children out for recess or P.E. It is a great place to get our daily exercise.

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Sunday we decided to visit a different parc. We rode the Metro to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. This parc is hilly, has lots of paths and steps. It also has a suspension bridge, a waterfall and a cave. All the hills, caves and waterfalls are manmade. It is a really cool parc and I hope we can go back soon. They are really working on renovations right now….getting ready for spring I guess.

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 We saw a wedding photo shoot on the bridge.

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 We get asked to take photos everywhere we go.

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Beautiful waterfall.

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 I loved this knobby tree.

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Manmade mountain.

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 French speaking pigeon.

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Inside the cave.

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.Sunday’s usually end with a video call to our Denver family. It is great to catch up with them and get to see faces from home. Sunday at 7:00PM I have a standing “date” with my EfM class. I am in Year 4 of EfM and did not want to miss this year because I plan to graduate in May! So far the technology has worked fairly well and we spend our time reading and discussing the weeks lessons. I am very thankful they tolerate me!

Happy Thanksgiving Week to all our friends at home!

Time Flies

It is hard to believe we have been here 17 days. The days have flown by at the speed of light. Now I am worried about getting in all the sights I want to see before it is time to return home! Of course we have seen the “biggies” in Paris, but there are so many more sights worth seeing. On our bucket list are several small museums, a parc in the rooftops, and maybe a train trip to Reims. Do you have any suggestions of non-traditional places to visit? Please share…..

My sister and niece have been with us this week and we have been showing them around town. We have been to the Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur, Christmas windows at the large department stores, St. Sulpice, Musee d’Orsay, Marais district, Champs-Elysees, Luxembourg Gardens and done a lot of shopping! Today we are off to Notre Dame and other highlights of the neighborhood.

Here are some highlights of our week.

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The Beaches at Normandy

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 Saturday, November 9th we traveled by van to Normandy. We were up ready to go by 6:30. Most of us nodded off in the van until the first coffee stop.

We visited Pointe du Hoc, and Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beaches along the Normandy coastline.  We then visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.  After lunch we stopped at the Caen Memorial Museum.

Visiting Normandy was hard because of all the emotions one feels. I felt anger, pride, amazement, gratitude, and sadness. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Before the D-Day invasion began, General Eisenhower summed up the mission of the Allies by saying, “You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you…I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.”

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