Background: Dan has enjoyed three trips to France, two with our silly Car-Dan Tour Company, and one when he was invited by his company to join a few other workers at the annual management conference abroad. The locale that year was Normandy. He went with his Dad.
I. Recap first trip
FIRST TRIP -- Car-Dan Tour Company (Carol and Dan)
2. Northeast to World War I site areas:
Beauvais, Amiens, Abbeville, Arra, Perrone, Le Sars
3. Start to follow Joan of Arc: West to Rouen
4. Circle for Medieval and World War II themes: Lisieux, Caen, Bayeux the tapestry), Coutances, Avranches
5. Traditional French and historical: Mont St. Michel, Rennes
6. South and west to start on Castles and Cathedrals: Angers, Saumur, Tours, Vendome, Blois, Orleans
7. South to find the Romans and Vercingetorix: Auxerre, Tonnerre, Chablis, Dijon
8. North to World War I sites (my father's family involved) Metz, Verdun
9. North again to castle at Sedan
10. South and east: Joan of Arc again at Reims
11. South to Champagne country at Epernay, Meaux
12. West to Paris.
Daniel and his father, Normandy area (Dan was invited by the company he works for, to join the annual managerial conference. They kindly include several workers each time. Dan is a front-end customer service clerk at a supermarket)
THIRD TRIP - Car-Dan Tour Company (Dan and Carol)
Begin in Spain, at Barcelona.
1. From Puigcerda, Spain, and Andorra: Cross to France and Montsegur
2. East to Carcassonne; then Narbonne
3. North to Beziers
4. Northeast to Aigues Mortes and East to Saintes Maries de la Mer
5. North to Saint-Gilles
6. East to Arles
7. North to Avignon
8. West to Vers-Pont-du-Gard
9. West through Ales to La Couvertoirade
10. East to Albi
11. Southwest to Toulouse
12. West to Auch
13. Southwest to Lourdes
14. Northwest to Pau
15. Southwest to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
16. Southwest to Roncesvalles, Spain.
Continue this regional trip at Spain Road Ways http://www.spainroadways.blogspot.com
Recalling World War II: especially pertinent for a trip to France
WWII Memorial, Washington DC
The caption here, at our Washington D.C. memorial for World War II reads:
"The heroism of our own troops...was matched by that of the armed forces of the nations that fought by our side... They absorbed the blows...and they shared to the full in the ultimate destruction of the enemy." President Harry S. Truman. Photo spring 2007.