World Cup Fever on the Steinerne Brücke

Germans are getting goofy with their World Cuppery. It’s kind of nice to see them cut loose and blow off some steam.

Not a whole lot of progress on the bridge to report since last time. At the south terminus you can see the nice new interlocking stones forming the base of the future sidewalls.

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So I’ll leave you with a nice scene from the bridge instead of of the bridge.

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A week in Northern France, Part 3: Churches

There are a lot of churches to see in Northern France. We stayed in Saint-Riquier, which has a sizable abbey and a big white church in the center of town. A short drive away is the Cathedral at Amiens. A little further back East is Reims, renowned for the coronations of French kings. Of course, there’s also Mont Saint-Michel, but we’ll have to save that one for a future visit — Omaha Beach was about as far west as we could handle from our gîte in Picardy. Continue reading A week in Northern France, Part 3: Churches

A week in Northern France, Part 2: War Stuff

Just out back from our gîte there was a British cemetery and memorial with graves from both World Wars and several continents. We saw signs for British cemeteries all throughout the region.

We devoted the next day to the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, and the museum in Bayeux. It was a long drive, and it took us through a very smelly section of Le Havre. The trade off was a trip up and down their nifty bridge. Continue reading A week in Northern France, Part 2: War Stuff

A week in Northern France, Part 1: the Region

At long last we returned triumphantly to France!

This time, however, it was not to Provence (surprise!), but to completely new-to-us turf: the north. After a rough week for both of us, we packed into the car early Saturday morning and headed off to Cologne for our first stop on the way to our week in Northern France. Continue reading A week in Northern France, Part 1: the Region