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Published: November 10th 2017
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Well, we left good old Sacramento on time and arrived in Dallas early. We had a 4 hour layover until our departure for Paris. Just before boarding, they said that something was wrong with the plane and they were attempting to fix it. I saw a guy with a can of WD-40 and a big hammer, working on the flaps. After an hour they decided that everything was OK and we were off to Paris, with our fingers crossed! We got our car, a Renault Megane Coupe Sport. They were out of the standard 110 hp car and offered us the Sport model for no extra cost. It has larger wheels, red seat belts and 265 hp. This thing is a rocket! Fuel mileage is lousy, but if I can keep my foot out of it, it might be tolerable.
We headed out to Chartres to see the Chartres cathedral. Oh my God(pardon the expression) this thing is huge! The ceiling must have been a hundred feet above the floor. It burned down in 1194 and was rebuilt during the 12th century. They must have had thousands of people working on it to get it built in
After checking out the church, we headed toward an old chateau in another village. We searched around, used the GPS, asked some people and still couldn't find it. Oh well, on to Rouen, our first nights stop. Good thing, because I didn't sleep that well on the plane and was starting to get tired. We arrived in Rouen, checked in at our hotel, had a little rest and headed out to see its cathedral. Its called the Notre-Dame cathedral of Rouen. It is also an impressive church. Lots of very intricate columns, probably 60 or 70 feet tall and very long. We also another spire a block away and visited the Saint-Maclou church. Another very old Gothic style church. It was closed so we couldn't see the inside. The entire block around it had old houses that were built in the half timbered style. Really cool.
We went out to dinner and walked around a bit waiting for 9:30PM. The guy at our hotel told us that there was a light show on the front of the cathedral. That was one of the coolest things that I have ever seen. I still don't know how they
half timbered house in Rouen
Too much wine during the construction of this one.
did it. With all of the curves and angles on the walls of the church, the projection looked like it was all flat. It went on for 30 minutes, with scenes, light and music. Look at the pictures, it was amazing.
We got up the next morning and went back to the cathedral to go inside. After that we checked out of our hotel and headed over to Honfleur. Its on the coast, where the Seine river meets the English channel. What a beautiful town. We walked around and had lunch. Next on to our hotel in Luc-Sur-Mer, which is right on the coast near Sword beach of the D-Day landings. We stay here for 3 nights. Tomorrow we will be going to as many beaches and museums about D-Day as we can fit in.
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