Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Better Late Than Never!!!

I am finally getting around to posting about the trip I took while my parents were here back in late June and early July. We spent the first five days they were here in France and Belgium. We started the trip in the most obvious French city. Paris was beautiful and the public transportation is simple to use once you get the hang of it. Thats a good thing because traffic sucks!!! I am certain that the French leave their brains at home when they get behind the wheel so they don't risk damaging it in an accident. That being said it was wonderful. Next we headed for the French coast. We saw Mt St Michel (City in the Sea) It is an abbey that is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean during high tide. I believe that the oldest parts are over 1000 years old. What a magnificent place. Then we moved north up the coast to Omah beach and the US WWII cemetery. WOW!!! This will make pride swell up in any American. We must never forget the price that was paid for freedom. When you see the beach and the German bunkers that riddle the hills overlooking the beach you get a glimpse of what those men saw when they landed on the sand. You have to wonder how any of them lived. Then you go to the cemetery and realize just how many didn't. It is a beautiful and somber place. We left there with renewed pride and headed for Antwerpe Belgium. The image of a tower is the church tower in the center of Antwerpe.We spent the next morning there before heading up into the Netherlands for a stop at Valkenburg. The drawing in the photo is of FDR. It was done in a cave in the city of Valkenburg during the end of WWII. American soldiers were liberating the Netherlands and used the caves (guided by locals that were living in the caves at the time) to scout German defenses. One of the GI's sketched the image on the wall. He returned some 20 years later and wrote an inscription under the sketch. All in all an awesome trip that I will not forget. I doubt my parents will either.