Utah Beach, Normandy – 75 Years Later

Remembrances, monuments, and honor to those who fought in the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in Normandy.

Historical Postcard of Hotel Cour du Corbeau in Strasbourg

We have stayed at the Hotel Cour du Corbeau in Strasbourg a couple of times. Just a couple of weeks ago, I ran across this historical postcard, showing the building in its former stage.

It might be safe to assume this postcard is from around 1930, because this was the year the Cour du Corbeau was listed as a historic monument.

Cour du Corbeau, Strasbourg, ca. 1930

For more about its history, visit MGallery Cour du Corbeau

For a more contemporary one, you can read my blog post: 24 hours in Strasbourg

Rental Home ‘Maison Bleue’ in Josselin, Brittany

We had a lovely rental home in Josselin. It is the one at the end of the lane with the blue door, hence the name ‘Maison Bleue’. It is a typical Brenton stone cottage, and is fully renovated and well equipped.

Maison Bleue in Josselin, Brittany

The first thing I did, after we arrived from Cancale, was to water the flower boxes in front of the house. A neighbor lady observed me doing this, gave me a thumbs up, and called across the lane ‘C’est très gentil!’

We had 30C (86F) almost every day during that week, and so watering the plants in front and back became a daily thing to do, which I like doing. I also enjoyed sitting in this little courtyard in the back on most mornings and evenings.

Over the years, we have also learned to bring an electric fan on every trip.

An Afternoon Visit to St. Malo, France

While vacationing in Cancale, we drove over to St. Malo. It was well worth it! I’ll let the photos speak for themselves this time.

Emerald Coast of St. Malo

St. Malo, France

Walled part of St. Malo

Charly’s Bar in St. Malo

We would like to spend a few days here next time.

24 Hours in Strasbourg, France

We usually go to Strasbourg once a year, and our highlights remain staying at the 4-star Hotel Cour de Courbeau, and then visiting the flea market on Saturday morning. Again this year, we got there on Friday around 3pm, and left the city on Saturday shortly after lunch. It is enough time to pack in quite a few things, such as a visit to the Alsatian Folklore Museum (about a minute walk from the hotel), visit a few restaurants, shop at the flea market, stop for some coffee and a pain au chocolat, and much more. We usually park at the Austerlitz Car Park, which is a minute from the hotel, has clean facilities, and the rate for one day is just under euro 20.

This is always our first stop – the bridge overlooking the River Ill.

Boat touring the River Ill

This is an ad for the city’s upcoming plans – to build a floating jetty, across from the Historical Museum.

Floating jetty for Strasbourg

This is the courtyard of the Hotel Cour du Corbeau. Built in 1580, it has served as an inn (or hotel) for most of its time since then.


View from our room onto the balcony. Last year, we were able to sit on the balcony late in the evening. This year, a Siberian wind made it impossible.

Some of the interior was renovated to reflect its original half-timbered building style.

This is what I found at the flea market – a sewing table, with a painting by Louis Bollinger (a.k.a. BOLL or BOLI).

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