Being let loose in former battlegrounds
28.08.2016 - 03.10.2016 21 °C
Sorry for the no show for a couple of days
Been really flat out travelling, eating, drinking and generally having a great time.
The first morning of this trip, we went to this beautiful Chateau. Filled with all sorts of antiques and paintings. Apparently there was a relation to Bonaparte involved. The owner of the Chateau still lived there with 2 of her sons. All had private wings of the Chateau along with gardeners who looked after the place. Just amazing places like these still survive really.
In the afternoon we went Monet's Garden. I've never seen so much colour used in ways I could never have imagined. People think I'm crazy about colour, but Monet was positively Psycho. Each room in the house was a particular colour and no other colour was in the room. The kitchen was all in Blue with accents on raised surfaces. Was really a challenge to the eyes I must say. Just all of this blue shouting at you and attacking the eyes. The gardens were beautiful. Of what we could see, anyway, with half the population of France there all at the same time. Everywhere you turned, there were more people and you couldn't get a decent look at anything.
Yesterday, we went to the Normandy battlegrounds and were suitably amazed at the courage and tenacity of the Allied forces and the D Day invasion of Europe. Remnants of the artificial harbour still exist along with some saved pieces of artillery and bunkers left over from the war. We went to a couple of memorials and it just reinforces, in my mind at least, the senseless waste of lives and resources war really is. When the reality is that a few people have decided they don't like what might have been happening in the past, so they crank up the population into following them and next thing, people are being shot, blown up and wounded and ultimately, why?? One thing I did which I never would've thought possible in my lifetime. I actually stood on the Gold beach, Juno and Sord beach. All of these beaches were use as the landings for D Day. Sent more than a few shivers up my spine, but very glad and feel very privileged to have been able to do so.
As the trip out to the battlefields was a whole day affair, the ship sent us off with a packed lunch. More like breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next 3 days really. And of course, we get back to the ship just in time for, you guessed it, dinner!!! Certainly can't complain the quality or quantity of food we've been served. Magnificent is all I can say!!! Sometimes horrified about what I'll need to do when I get home though. Particularly if I want to get into the Red Chinos I bought a few days ago.
Anyhooo..........we are off to Rouen soon.
Bryan and Ron