A 2014 vacation to France, covering Paris, Loire Valley and Normandy

Pre-prep: Writer’s Intro

Initial planning and basic itinerary

Pre-Prep: Final Frenzy

Last minute change in plans!

Day1: Groundwork and Gruntwork

Arrival in Paris and first impressions

Day 2: Walking Woes

Walking to Sacre Coeur and then down the Champs Elysees

Day 3: Serene on the Seine (not yet published)

A boat cruise on the Seine and then Le Tour Eiffel

Day 4: Mona’s Museum (not yet published)

A visit to La Giaconda, aka Mona Lisa at the Louvre and up the Arc de Triomphe

Day 5: Vast Versailles

Versailles, it’s gardens and the Hall of Mirrors

Day 6: A Couple of Cathedrals (not yet published)

Notre Dame and Saint Chappelle, two beautiful cathedrals

Day 7: Weapons of War (not yet published)

Les Invalides, Napolean and reminders of war

Day 8: Loitering around the Loire Valley

The chateau at Chenonceaux and a piece of history

Day 9: The Monastery at Mont St Michel

A visit to a fascinating monastery off the coast of Normandy

Day 10: Normandy Notes 1

Vire,  Saint-Côme-du-Mont, Ste Mere Eglise and a French savior!

Day 10: Normandy Notes 2

Ste Mere Eglise, where the paratroopers landed to kick off D-Day

Day 10: Normandy Notes 3

Omaha Beach, Normandy, site of the American D-Day landings

Day 11: Lazy Le Mans

A trip to Le Mans, the Museum (and Asterix, the Gaul!)

Day 12: Last Look (not yet published)

A last look at Paris, a walk around Les Halles