Strasbourg in late September

On our way to the village Dambach-la-ville in the Alsace, we stopped in Strasbourg for the flea market and a bite to eat.

Ill River Strasbourg
Organ grinder
Strasbourg Cathedral

A quiet corner belonging to some private property – amidst thousands of tourists streaming by.

We had a to-go lunch sitting on a bench by the river Ill, and watched swans and party boats drifting by.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

My friend, Bea, and I share the longest friendship, which goes back to the early 1970s. We both lived in the same Franconian village, and have been friends since junior high. For many years, we only communicated via handwritten letters across the Atlantic.

With the advent of the internet, we started communicating more often again. In the past, we used to have only one day together, before she had to return to the USA. This time, we had three whole days to spend together. We both refreshed our Franconian dialect in no time.

Bea from McAllen, Texas

Vending Machines with Oysters to Go in Normandy

We had just made a short stop at the supermarket, when we saw this vending machine as we were pulling out of the parking lot. This was worth taking a second stop for a closer look.

Oysters to go

There are cubicles for every need. Only need a lemon and an oyster knife? Choose#40 at € 3.

Comfort food at your convenience. The French are good at that.

Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II cemetery located in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. It honors American troops, who died in Europe during World War II.

We heard many different languages spoken there.

Bayeux in Normandy

From our home base in Chettehou, we got to visit small villages, big cathedrals, empty beaches, and full restaurants.

Here we are in the city of Bayeux to pay a visit to the famous Bayeux Tapestry at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

Bayeux Cathedral

It is a beautiful town, and also quite touristy with many gift shops, cafés, and restaurants.

Next is my favorite part of the day – exploring dinner choices. Here I had green asparagus with salmon and mushrooms in a creamy sauce.

We had dinner at the Hotel Restaurant La Chaumiere in Chettehou. This is an excellent place to have dinner, I can highly recommend it. Calling ahead for reservations is also recommended (Tel: 02 33 54 14 94, siret/location code: 408 581 098 00022 APE 551A)

Hotel Restaurant La Chaumiere in Chettehou

Before we went to dinner, we also visited the Normandy American Cemetery, located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. I will share some photos from there in my next post.

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