Friday, October 02, 2009

Family in France

Zev's parents, Dave and Judy, are visiting us at the moment, and so last week we took them on a road trip to France. I am learning so much more about French culture, customs, food and traditions just by visiting different parts of Paris, and of course through our sweet French friends here in Stuttgart, Adele and Romain. We drove to the Champagne region and toured the incredible underground cellars of Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin. Apparently just in the Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin Cellars, there are approximately 28 kilometers of underground chalky caves that house the chamagne bottles as they age and mature. We spent the first night in Reims and then travelled on to the Normandy region in North West France. We visited the D-Day sites, including of course Omaha Beach and Point Du Hoc. We also toured the American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery which was elegantly laid out, and a very good memorial and education on this important day in June, 1944. We stayed in the adorable quaint medieval town of Bayeux in a traditional French Bed and Breakfast. We then traveled on to Paris and had a fun, sunny afternoon exploring all the major sites- what a pretty city! It is really neat to show Dave and Judy the beauty of Europe, especially as this is their first time to this great continent. We just thank the Lord for this opportunity.

Who knew that Paris was so beautiful!? I love Paris in the Springtime AND the Fall (that's when we went).

Some of the champgne bottles stored in the cellars of Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin. Apparently every single bottle of Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin comes through these cellars.

The American Cemtery at Omaha Beach, Normandy. The picture speaks for itself.

Zev exploring the battle site at Point Du Hoc, where the Army Rangers scaled the seemingly impossible cliffs.

These amazing photos were taken by Zev- he has a great eye for detail. Don't you just love the picture below of the Arc De Triomph? We really had a lovely time in France.


Laura and Ryan said...

Sounds like fun! I'm sure Paris is much more enjoyable without snow...we will have to go back one of these days!

Lindsey said...

Is it wrong that I am jealous of your travels! I would love to be able to hop on a 2 hour flight to another country! So cool Fiona!!