Honoring the “Greatest Generation” at D-Day Commemorations in Normandy

Today, we commemorated the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. In the village of Arromanches, we met a witty British veteran in his nineties with a love of Louis Armstrong and the foxtrot. He was an extraordinary conversationalist. On this day designated to pay tribute to him, he took time to ask questionsContinue reading “Honoring the “Greatest Generation” at D-Day Commemorations in Normandy”

Memorial Day in Normandy

It was a fitting day to pay our respects at the American Military Cemetery in Normandy, France. Red, white and blue American and French flags adorned every snow-white marker in the cemetery. Clouds made scarce appearances in the sky. Mother Nature had rolled out her best weather. It was Memorial Day 2010. As we walkedContinue reading “Memorial Day in Normandy”

France’s Magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel… Ever since high school French class, this name has brought to mind images of a majestic abbey cloaked in fog, of tides ever-shifting around its formidable mountain base, and of crashing waves. Over the Labor Day weekend, Shawn and I traveled four hours west of Paris to see this legendary 1,100-year-old abbey. Our firstContinue reading “France’s Magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel”

Photo du Jour: Morning at Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel, an abbey built between the 11th and 16th centuries, rises from a rugged island on an overcast day. Located in France’s Normandy region, the Abbaye du Mont St-Michel, as it’s known in French, was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979. It is dedicated to the Archangel Saint Michel.