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The Abbey

Mont Saint-Michel was used in the sixth and seventh centuries as an Armorican stronghold of Gallo-Roman culture and power until it was ransacked by the Franks, thus ending the trans-channel culture that had stood since the departure of the Romans in CE 460.  Before the construction of the first monastic establishment in the 8th century, […]

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The Bridges

You have to admire the architects and civil engineers here.  Someone apparently decided to take a whimsical approach to road works and built these two bridges to look like the road is a part of a roller coaster ride. One is twisted and the other steep like a mountain.  I am sure there is a reason […]

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Mont St. Michel

Road Trip Normandy

This morning we are setting off on a 3 hour drive to the other end of France it seems.  Mont St. Michel is perhaps as well know in France as is the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre.  This will officially be as far west as we have travelled by car from Nuremberg which is almost 1200km. […]

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The Saint-Jacques Church was built between the 12th and 16th centuries, the Saint-Jacques church bears evidence to various epochs. The  1st church was constructed on the remains of the small chapel of Sainte-Catherine, which itself was destroyed in 1195. The church that we see today, dedicated to Saint-Jacques was built around 1283. The church on the sea route […]

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Canadian War Memorial

The Dieppe Canadian War Memorial is dedicated to the Canadian and British soldiers who were killed during the Dieppe Raid in 1942. 944 members of the Allied Armed Forces are interred at Dieppe, of which 707 are Canadian. Other dead from the raid are buried in Rouen, where the Germans took captured raiders, some of whom died […]

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Today we set off for Dieppe.  A small costal city of 32,000 people about 20km from where we are staying.  First recorded as a small fishing settlement in 1030, Dieppe was an important prize fought over during the Hundred Years’ War. Dieppe housed the most advanced French school of cartography in the 16th century. Two of […]

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On our way to France, we stopped in Delft.  It is a small city of 100,000 people located about 35km from Amsterdam.  Delft is primarily known for its historic town centre with canals, for Delft Blue pottery (Delftware), for the Delft University of Technology, for the painter Vermeer and the scientist Antony van Leeuwenhoek, and […]

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Back to France

This morning we are leaving The Netherlands and are heading for France.  This is going to be our first time to northern France.  Off to Normandy we go, but because we are not in a huge rush we are taking it easy with a stop for some sight seeing and breakfast.  If we are not […]

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On the Road

The drive down to The Netherlands was not bad.  The drive through Denmark was easy, and uneventful.  The drive in the initial part of Germany was good too.  The drive on the west side of Germany was excruciatingly painful.  We got stuck in a 5km traffic which by the time we cleared it grew to […]

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All Roads

If it is true that all roads lead to Rome then this is where we are heading this afternoon.  On the way there we  are treated to some amazing and spectacular sites along the way.  It appears that each mountain top has its own town.  Orvieto, Moltepulciano, Fabro, Orte and countless others.   Beautiful day […]

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Weekend Pad

This will be our home – away from home, away from home for the long weekend while we explore Budapest.  So far our impressions are pretty good and we are looking forward to staying here and sampling the breakfast tomorrow morning, and each morning after that.   We are about 10 minute walk away from […]

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Getting There

We are on our way to Budapest, Hungary.  It is a great and leisurely drive, the roads are pretty much empty and there is not a lot of construction.  We made 3 quick stops, two of which were to buy road vignettes – a precautionary measure to avoid unpleasantries with border control like the last […]

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Going North

We are setting off  for a week of holidays.  The children are getting their first fall school break, which is well deserved and earned as they have been working very hard both in school and with Saskia their private tutor.  We are going to be heading up to Denmark and Sweden driving mostly through Germany. […]

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Prague at Night

  We are wasting no time sitting around in the hotel.  About 15 min walk from the hotel is  the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, and Petřín hill. At almost 1100 years old this city is full of treasures which we are eager to find, explore and experience.  It promises to be a great weekend. […]

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Amazing Things

The toll highways in Poland are quite amazing.  Rain or shine there is always someone working on their maintenance.  Always!  The second amazing thing is that, and I never will get tired of this, is that trucks are always and always in the right lane and they are restricted to going 90km/h. How awesome is […]

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To Poland and Back

Today we are going to Warsaw!  For me it is a first trip back to Poland in 29.5 years.  For us, as a family, it is the first trip to Poland.  We are going to be staying in Loziska just outside Warsaw with Anna’s cousin Robert.  The drive itself is about 960km but we managed […]

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