Day 1: NORMANDY
Right off the airplane, jet lag and all, DMJ&I headed to Normandy! What a gorgeous day!
We had our toes in the sand while enjoying the amazing sights. There were tents with “antique” military items, tanks, boats, and loads of great war era outfits!
This is our beautiful chateau that J. found- wow! What a fantastic host and place. It was straight out of a magazine…
Day 2: 70th D-Day Memorial Ceremony
Never mind that the bus to take us back was OVER 3 hours late.. oh dear! Not a great ending to such an experience.
Day 3: Beaches, Le Mont St. Michel, & Rennes
A couple that we met on the bus to the D-Day ceremony, suggested we visit St. Michel. It was on our way- and what a sight to see! The history here is pretty awesome- but I won’t try to recreate what I read up on this spectacular piece of land, I would do it injustice.
Rennes- we did some walking and ate a delicious dinner with some much needed WINE! Yummy!
Day 4: Beautiful
Day 5: Market Fun
M&D needed to experience a Belgian market- Peer market with the delicious waffles, scarves, food, culture, and fun! We had a relaxing day after all the driving- there may of been a few games of Rack-O, to which I may of been a sore loser. Here’s to the 90’s board games that I stole from home when I moved away…
Day 6 & 7: Relaxation
Day 8: Brussels
..here’s to taking a train to Brussels. What a fiasco! An experience for all of us- to which we probably won’t do again. But, yay for taking a TRAIN!
What another gorgeous day here in Belgium! Brussels is always a hit- there’s so much to see and do, and what a great cultural experience. Mannequin de piss, Brussels centrum, Hard Rock- fun!
Day 9: Brugge & Sunshine
M&I did a quick Bree market tour! Brought delicious breakfast rolls home for the guys and headed to Brugge to see the sites.
We were able to see the beautiful center, did some shopping, but were too late to tour some of the other sights. A fun day just walking and shopping.
Day 10: Bastogne
The memorial is in memory of the 76,890 American soldiers killed, wounded or missing in the Battle of the Bulge, in the shape of a five-pointed American star. What an exceptional place to see- a complete historical immersion.
Following our historical walks- we headed to Germany to prep for a big Fathers’s Day Rhine River cruise.
Day 11: Father’s Day
For Father’s Day we wanted to take an adventure to Germany…
Our first stop- the Burg Rheinstein Castle. Beautiful way to start the VERY early day. I didn’t mention- to get to the castle was a very intense walking trek! We got our morning work out for sure!
..next was the Rhein River cruise- a quick trip around the Rhein and with a yummy authentic German lunch meal.
A stop that we made was to a little wine shop- where we tasted, chatted, and enjoyed more sunshine.
We were able to tour a local town off the Rhein- while D&J experienced a torture museum [apparently it was best kept as a walk-by and not a visit type place], M&I sipped some wine and people watched.
We asked the hotel attendant for the BEST local German restaurant… she delivered.
Day 12 & 13: Rest & Relax with Belgian Futbol
We had a long drive home- and it was nice to be home again, rest and relax for a bit.
Eggs, cake, beer, goals, food.
…so the hard-boiled eggs are a fun “game” that the Belgians play. You crack the egg, BUT one of them isn’t boiled.. so you could end up messy! There was cake, just because. FREE beer every time the Belgians scored- we were fit to be perfectly happy!
Until our next adventure M&D- we had a blast! So thankful that ya’ll were able to visit, and that our adventure we got to share with you! Memories!
Until our next adventure.