Thursday, April 30, 2009

April 30, 2009: Road Trip

Hello, again!  I was just going to say that today is Friday, but indeed it is NOT!  It is only Thursday.  It feels like Friday because tomorrow is a holiday here in France.  Their version of labor day.  With a long weekend available, we decided to take a long road trip.  We debated between ferries to London, plane rides to Amsterdam and train rides to Lyon.  But in the end we decided to use our CTA bus to further explore Normandy while the crowds are still under control.  This time we will be heading to the Alabaster Coast, Dieppe and the Pays de Bray.   We can't wait to see the infamous cliffs that painters such as Monet have been captivated by for centuries along the Alabaster Coast, visit Dieppe known as being France's first bathing resort, Le Treport for consuming it's well-known seafood delights, and Neufchatel known for - you guessed it - the cheese!  

As far as day to day life around here in Caen, things remain pretty steady and normal.  I attended my pilates class today which was nice.  Yesterday I planned our road trip and worked on hotel reservations, etc...  Also, the girls and I spent most of the day yesterday at la Colline aux Oiseaux, a local but huge and beautiful park here in Caen.  We had a great time, playing on playground equipment, exploring their various gardens and looking for the center inside the very large maze made of boxwoods.

The apartment has been a little odd lately due to a pigeon that is stuck between two walls.  Andrew and I are not sure how it got there, but clearly it is. We hear it flapping it's wings, scratching it's claws on the wall no doubt trying to get out!  Truth be told it sounds to me like someone scratching their fingernails on a chalkboard which so happens to be one of the worst sounds in the world, in my mind.  So today I will be calling our contact to please take care of this situation.  If we don't get it taken care of, the bird will probably die and then rot in the wall and stink really bad, right?  Ah, pigeons.  If they aren't looking in your window trying to snoop then they are trying to sneak into your house and get direct observation.

Now I am off to organize for our trip, finish the laundry and clean up the house before we leave this evening.  We can't wait to share with you the adventures!

Pictured above: Phote's of the girls and scenery from our day at la Colline aux Oiseaux

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