Today is a National Holiday in France, and they are really "Celebrating"!
The C-E is closed and the parade is majestic. I can see a lot of activity from my hotel room, nd will be out in the activity later. There are many French that share their "Fondness and appreciation" to America, and other countries who have helped them. This is the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion as well.
Hope you can see the huge French Flag under the AdT! The roads are blocked and their is a lot to be happy about here in Paris! Loud singing and I am sure the celebration will continue!
If you have memories or experiences to share about V-E Day, please share! "Les't We not Forget"!
Awesome! So where you heading to next? I know you had quite a list of dining locations, but perhaps you should add this one...
It's in Lyon, but I hear Lyon is the epicenter of French Gastronomy. That restaurant is definitely on my bucket list!
Been to Lyon, but have not had this dining experience! Coming back in December, and will be looking at this place for a "Dinner trip". Lyon, is not that far (283 miles), that you could take the TGV to and from Paris, dine and return.
Thanks for the suggestion and information. However, keep in mind, there are so, so many fine places to dine in the Paris area!
Paul Bocuse is a legend of French Gastronomy. His restaurant serves seldom seen classics. Check this out:
Never been to Lyon, but now I'm dying to go! All that wonderful, amazing traditional French food. Even the humble peasant-y food looks AMAZING!
Thanks for your comment More than even a "Memorable Day"! A real day of "Appreciation" for freedom!
BTW, I don't know about dinner but the lunch at "L 'Abbaye" at Hautvillers, France, was phenomenal. This was the home town of Dom P.
Will have more to share later!
Thanks for the note! We do try to get around and need a little "Medicine" every now and then for one of my many "Illnesses", it's tolerable, but has to be dealt with in "Small doses", you maybe have heard of it, it is called:
"Lazy eye, Syndrome"!
There are NO cures, but certain med's alleviate much of the pain. One such, I found "The Abbaye Restaurant in Hautvillers, France. Just North of Epernay, France, the rural French setting allows one to forget their "Aches, pains, and problems"! Local "Med's" is the specialty and it sure cured my infirmaries yesterday. A few photo's will support my "Cure, but only for the day"!
Sledchick, I did not want to stop, but our driver insisted that he could help with the "Pain" in my bad eye! We stopped here and it was a "Healing Oasis"!
I finally regained full vision while enjoying a beef filet followed by allowing myself to "Take my medicine", here's a photo:
The morel mushrooms had just been picked and really "Perked" me up!
Likewise, there was some special local liquids that seemed to abate other problems:
The next thing I new, everything was fine, and we headed down the road to Epernay!
It was a "Miraculous" recovery! Laurent, Lady Coin, and myself, celebrated this "Miracle"!
We then went down the road to continue searching for a cure!
Sledchick, it was a "Miracle", but I did suffer for the rest of the day!
However, tomorrow may bring on more "Pain and suffering". Oh too find a cure!
Yes, in many places!
I finally made it back to the central square in Epernay, France to take a photo, and pay my respects to this well maintained monument!
Likewise, the area is full of "Tributes" to sacrifices made by many countries, like the US. Here is a wonderful one, just outside of Epernay, on the drive back to Paris:
This is a tribute to WW!, in The Marne Valley, here's how the large monument looked, compared to our car!
There is the names of famous WWI Battles atop this monument! Wonderful experience!
Driving up the C-E, toward the AdT, it was lined with a huge number of flags. Beautiful, especially on a windy day!
Lastly, The AdT, was aglow with color and activity.
Hope you enjoyed these!
As I watch METV and one of my favorite shows, "Combat", I have tremendous respect for parents like yours!
I hope you have had the chance or will to visit their "Wedding Chapel"!
Thanks very much, Jerry!
I have had the opportunity to visit Notre Dame and the specific chapel that my parents were married in on a number of occasions. The most memorable was a trip with my mother and a sister where my mother was "reliving" her WWII locations in France and England.
A number of years later, that sister was engaged at the same chapel in which my parents were married.