Monday, September 8, 2008

Hi NORMandy!

As our summer officially comes to a close (the kids go back to school tomorrow morning), I thought it best to put the wrap on another brief trip report.

It's been a few weeks since we've been back from Normandy, France, a marvelous region with great scenery, quaint towns, quiet country roads, and lots of relaxation.

We weren't just a family of four this time around...our numbers doubled to 8 with the delightful addition of Stacey's mom, brother, and his two kids.
The four kids had a blast together, making up for lost time since we last saw them almost a year ago.

The first half of our holiday was spent inland in Normandy near the village of Coutances. Our residence was the guesthouse of a chateau that was built in 1632. "Extraordinary" doesn't come close to describing this incredible place. Our hosts, an American couple and their children, were the best we could have asked for.

What would one of our holidays be without some antics from our resident monkey boy? Here's a clip of Cole herding sheep--one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time:
video

For the second half of our holiday, we ventured to the west coast of Normandy and the town of Agon-Coutainville. For some geographical and historical perspective, the D-Day landing beaches are on the north coast of the province. At the close of our holiday, we drove to Omaha beach and visited the American cemetery.

Like most of our vacations, I could go on and on with details about the adventure. This time around, I invite you to let the photographs tell the story...

Click HERE for a link to all of the vacation photos. Enjoy!