|04-27-2012, 07:51 PM||#11|
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Mid TN
The best part of foreign travel is putting your own life in perspective. Having been a chef and restaruant owner for decades, my orientation is food. The French and Italians have some good food, but at very high price. We eat better than europeans on a day to day, month to month basis.
If you have seen the Grand Canyon, The Tetons and had someone drive you down the Pacific Coast highway, you can enjoy the Alps and Adriatic coast, knowing we have more spectacular scenery.
The purpose of this trip was to spend some time with my Daugher and her family in Belgium. We had a great time and will likely make one more trip to see them in a year or two. However, having spent so much time in Europe, I had rather blow it out one last time and see Australia and NZ again.
|04-28-2012, 04:39 AM||#12|
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: N/E Ohio
We were in Normandy two years ago, and photos, movies and the like just can't do it justice. We were lucky enough to have hooked up with a private guide whose father and uncle were in the Resistance during the war - his father being arrested by the Gestapo and going to Dachau. He grew up in the area, played on the beaches as a child, and provided a personal touch to all we saw. Inspiring to say the least, all those grave markers facing west - and home.
The people in Normandy were beautiful, but a train ride away in Paris was a different matter. Even the French Military Museum carried guide brochures in a half dozen languages - but not English. There's still animosity, jealousy, something. Not by all, but enough that we'll never go back.
|04-28-2012, 05:05 AM||#13|
Join Date: Jun 2009
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|04-28-2012, 08:13 AM||#14|
Join Date: Aug 2011
Many years ago President Kennedy and French premier Charles de Gaulle were at a state dinner in France and de Gaulle commented that he wished that President Kennedy would remove all of the American soldiers from France and send them back to the US. President Kennedy commented "Even those who are dead?".. de Gaulle said nothing more for the entire meal... George M.
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