I haven't been in a writing mood lately but I really want to re-cap my amazing weeklong trip around Normandy with my parents. So this post will be mostly pictures.
|Sunday morning in Paris, walking to Gare du Nord|
I went to Paris on Saturday for a day on my own in the city, and I stayed at a really neat hostel right at the bottom of Montmartre, with a view of the Sacré Coeur. Met a bunch of interesting people. A nice start to my vacation.
Sunday morning I went to CDG airport to pick up my parents! It was so nice to see them, and I couldn't wait to show them all around France.
|Fancy Starbucks salon!|
|Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor - looks like the one-man-band is on his break|
|Lovers' locks on the bridge|
|Me with my Starbucks fix at the Louvre|
|Somewhere around Louviers|
|There it is!|
|Ma famille :)|
|The Cloister on the Mont|
|Sunrise on the Mont (careful, there's sheep!)|
|(Image from arthistoryspot.com)|
|Funny translation of the day - stupid chile!|
Then we went to the D-Day Beaches, which was one of the most eerie experiences I've ever had. We went to Omaha Beach as well as the American Cemetery and the British Gold Beach at Arromanches-les-Bains. It seemed fitting that we visited when the weather was cold and cloudy. Such a powerful feeling to stand on those beaches, I can't begin to explain it...
|Mom on Omaha Beach|
|The American Cemetery|
|USA Tank at Arromanches-les-Bains|
|Remnants of the artificial port at Gold Beach, Arromanches-les-Bains|
|Neat lights at Les Enfants Terribles, where we had a great dinner in Rouen|
|Probably won't see this again - ABWN on a license plate|
Friday we returned the car in Evreux, hopped the train to Paris (we rode between trains! what fun. good thing it was only an hour) and checked into our neat little hotel called the Langlois, close to St. Lazare. What a nice place - I would definitely stay there again!
|The bathroom was just about as big as the bedroom. I loved it!|
|This guy was doing amazing tricks up by the Sacré Coeur|
We walked and took the metro all around the city for the next couple days... we saw Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, Jardin des Tuileries, Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe.... it was lovely.
|Mom and me|
|Another great restaurant!|
|Papa and I shared tarts at Paul Bakery - sooooo good!|
|Typewriter for anyone to use at Shakespeare & Co.|
|Disney! On Champs Elysées!|
|At l'Arc. With my new earmuffs.|
|France's own Statue of Liberty on the left there, along with la Tour.|
I'm glad this weekend is giving me a couple days to recover from the amazingness of les vacances de Toussaint! hahah. I loved every moment. :)