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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Travel

Posts on getting there, being there, and getting back home again. Oh, and also some tips on the logistics of travel as I discover new things that make travel more enjoyable.

Sacré-Coeur, Paris

Sacré-Coeur

I would highly recommend a visit here if you’re in Paris and if you can handle the stairs. It’s a good workout so in addition to seeing a magnificent place of worship and incredible views of Paris, you can also justify eating that extra croissant or pain au chocolat or having that extra glass of wine. Enjoy!

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Caen, Normandy

Abbaye aux Hommes Caen

On our last day in Normandy, we took the train to Caen. It’s a quick and easy trip from Bayeux, about 20 minutes. Caen is much bigger than Bayeux but unlike Bayeux, it was almost completely destroyed in bombing raids as part of Operation Overlord (the Battle of Normandy). Fortunately, a few historical things remain, including part of William the Conqueror’s Ducal Château and two abbeys: Abbaye aux Hommes (men’s […]

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Bayeux, Normandy

Bayeux Normandy

I’ve written about our tours to various D-Day spots and Mont St. Michel, but here, I’ll write a bit about Bayeux, the charming city we stayed in while we were in Normandy.

Bayeux was the first city to be liberated during the Battle of Normandy (aka, Operation Overlord, which includes but is not limited to D-Day) and because it was used as a headquarters of sorts, it miraculously escaped destruction via the bombing raids that the Allies completed throughout the region.

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Magnets from Normandy, Paris, and Bruges

For several years, we’ve been collecting magnets during our travels. They make great souvenirs since they are inexpensive, small, and easy to bring back home even while traveling carry-on only. Plus, we can revisit our trips every time we look at them displayed on the sides of our fridge. However, several trips ago, we ran out of room on the fridge so we’re trying not to go overboard with adding […]

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Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France

Mont St Michel

The day after our D-Day tour in Normandy, we took a guided tour of Mont St. Michel. If you have a chance to visit Normandy, I would put this as a must-see on your travel itinerary. A Visit from St. Michel: If you build it, they will come Mont St. Michel is about a 1.5 hour drive from our base in Bayeux through the Norman countryside. Along the way, you […]

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