Tom Dorsey

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Tom Dorsey

I am a retiree with an unlimited interest in travel. I am fortunate to have a wife that shares my interests. We will try to keep you posted on our travel adventures. Hope you enjoy.



North America » United States » Georgia August 9th 2012

Our big adventure this summer was another European vacation and car pick up. But that was not all. There was plenty excitement after we returned in August including the Presidental election and travel to Aruba.... read more
Morgan Falls Park
Morgan Falls Park
Jackie does toes

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 6th 2012

Monday – Day 21 This was our last full day in Paris. We planned to return to Atlanta tomorrow morning. So, we wanted to have an easy day with only a little sightseeing. After all, we were now on the first day of our fourth week. So, we decided on two sights. The first was the Deportation Memorial, near the Notre Dame. We discovered its existence when we were here on Sunday but decided to skip then and come back if time permitted. The second thing we wanted to see was the Arc de Triomphe, at the start of Champs-Elysees. We now considered ourselves subway veterans. So, we headed that way and were quickly at the St. Michel Station. We walked across the bridge and made our way to the Memorial. To our great disappointment, the ... read more
Notre Dame
Beach on the Seine
Notre Dame

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 5th 2012

Sunday - Day 20 We had big plans for the day. After all, the entry to the museums would be free. Well, that all changed when we got to the first museum on our list. We arrived about 9:30am at the Louvre. It took about ten minutes to get to the end of the line. About half way to the end I saw a notice that said that it was a “two hour wait from this point.” Now, I know how important this museum is. I want to see the real Mona Lisa, too. But I think I could paint another one before I would see it on this day. So, we quickly changed our plans. Next stop, Notre Dame. After all, it is Sunday. Surely we would be able to enter and see this notable ... read more
The Louvre
Nortre Dame
Notre Dame Church

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 4th 2012

Saturday - Day 19 This was our first full day in Paris. Before going to sleep we researched the Rick Steve’s guide book for ideas. The first thing that you see under "Sights" is info on the purchase of a Paris Museum Pass. We learned that on the first Sunday of each month, the major museums have an open house day. So, we thought we were lucky given that this Sunday (tomorrow) would qualify. We then decided to go Versailles today and the big museums tomorrow. To get to Versailles we took the subway to the RER-C train for a 30-minute ride to the town. Then we walked about ten minutes over to the King's residence. Well, it was for about 100 years until the French revolution in 1789. In 1837, this palace was re-opened as ... read more
Chateau de Versailles
Chateau de Versailles
Chateau de Versailles

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 3rd 2012

Friday – Day 18 We got an early start today to try to complete our agenda. Our first stop was in the small village of Giverny. Jackie had the home and garden of Claude Monet on her ‘bucket list’ for a long time. It was his home for 43 of his most productive and creative years, from 1883-1926. I took many photos in the garden. I know that it is impossible to capture the beauty in this blog but I’ve tried by including more photos than usual. After the stunning tour of the gardens, we programmed the address of our hotel in Paris in our GPS and headed that way. The drive went well until we got to the famous Arc de Triomphe. If you have been there you know that there is a circle around ... read more
Monet Garden
Monet Garden
Monet Garden

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Villerville August 2nd 2012

Thursday, Day 17 Well, on Friday, we had to say goodbye to Jackie's new car. So, we decided to use this day to prepare her car for the delivery at the drop location in Paris before we did anymore sightseeing. We discovered that in the nearby village of Trouville-sur-Mer, there was a self-service car wash. So, after breakfast we drove over and after a few tries, we found the wash and cleaned the car ourselves. Our finished product was more like a "detail job" than a routine car wash. It looked great. After cleaning the car, we drove over to the nearby town of Honfleur. It is located on the south side of the Seine River, across from Le Havre. There is a lot of interesting history here with plenty to see. And, thanks to Rick ... read more
Honfleur, France
Honfleur, France
Honfleur, France

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Arromanches-les-Bains August 1st 2012

Wednesday-Day 16 We decided on a road trip today from our hotel in Villerville to the D-Day beaches, museums and cemeteries. Our first stop was the village of Arromanches-les-Bains, considered 'ground-zero' of the D-Day invasion. It was the site of one of two pre-fab artifical harbors that were built in the days following the invasion. The basic facilities, including 115 football-sized, concrete blocks, were build in England and hauled over during the early days of the invasion. As part of the harbor, over 20 ships were intentionally sunk to create a sea break. Over 54,000 vehicles and 326,000 troops landed here in the weeks following D-Day. We visited our first D-day museum here. We also visited the nearby Arromanches 360 degree Theater. It includes a well produced slide and video presentation of the Normandy area, then ... read more
Arromanches
Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery
Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Villerville July 31st 2012

Day 15 When we got up on Tuesday, we wanted to see a few sites in Dieppe before driving over to Villerville. We started with the German gun batteries above the Dieppe castle. It provided great views over the beaches. It was here that the Canadians were beaten back in 1942 when they invaded the city during WWII. The attack was known as a "raid" which was felt necessary by the Allies to learn how the Germans were defending the French and Belgium ports. Unfortunately for the Canadians chosen to attack, it was a big disaster. Many thousands were killed and captured. It would be more than two years before the Allies invaded Normandy with a serious attack. After a short tour of the area we drove along the coast towards Le Havre and Honfleur along ... read more
Dieppe, France
Dieppe, France
Dieppe, France

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Dieppe July 30th 2012

Monday, Day 14 We started this day in Reims and drove north to the port city of Dieppe. It is in the eastern side of the Normandy coast. We wanted to visit here for a special reason. The Dorsey family has an interesting history. My cousin, Jimmy Dorsey, has a coat of arms that indicates the family came by way of Dieppe. His father and my uncle, Sanford Dorsey, gave it to him years ago. Jimmy visited the area 15 years ago and brought back a post card of the castle ruins. I have wanted to visit this area since I saw his postcard. In addition to this history, we also have information that the Dorsey family had roots in Galway, Ireland. Jackie and I visited Galway four years ago (2008) on our first European car ... read more
Dieppe, France
Dieppe, France
Dieppe, France

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims July 29th 2012

Sunday-Day 13 Finally we did not have to wake up and jump in the car for another road trip. We would be in Reims all day, leaving tomorrow for Dieppe. Our plan was to tour the city including its cathedral, the schoolhouse where the Germans surrendered to the Allies (Eisenhower) and then tour one of the large champagne caves. We really liked this stop. We had a spacious hotel room, with a good parking arrangement. The town environment was upbeat with lots of tourists and good weather. We walked a few blocks to the Reims cathedral. We learned that 26 French kings were coronated here. The construction on the church began in 1211 and is an example of Gothic architecture. Even Joan of Arc came here in 1429 to encourage Charles VII to first be crowned, ... read more
Reims
Reims
Reims




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