What would the Beach say if it could talk?
Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
47Trip End Oct 08, 2008
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Simon Chambres d"Hote
It was the "Shortest LONG Day of my Expedition!", the alternate title to my entry. I made a stop in the village of St. Pierre and walked around a little. It was amazing. The buildings were so close together and the alleyways went in every direction. Pictures cannot show what this looked like. From there I hit the small fishing village of Barfleur. Then I followed the coastline where Allied Forces landed on D-Day...June 6, 1944, stopping every few kilometres.
As it was late and I hadn't made any accommodation reservations in Caen I decided to stay in town and come back and actually visit the museum in the morning. There was no reason to rush through. I had been talking to Rebecca from London, Ontario (all the guides are Canadians) and asked her for a recommendation. She gave me two. One next to the other. That is how I ended up at Simon's Chambres d'Hôte, or B&B.
Simon retired last year and started the B&B. He has beds for 16 people but I am his only guest this evening. I drop my things off and we sit and chat. He is a very interesting individual. After that visit I walk into town along the seashore and find a restaurant for supper
I had breakfast tomorrow (I'm not going to change the date I posted the title and where I am) and chatted more with Simon. He is a man of "Quality". You can see it in the way he runs his business and in his philosophies about life. A man, Robert Pirsig has written about in his book and states that there are very few of. Simon has, more or less convinced me to stay a second day and visit the nearby beaches of Normandy. I first had to see how a change in plans would impact where I would be stopping. I've already booked a hotel room in Luxemburg for 2 nights before arriving in Frankfurt next Wednesday.
At the Juno Beach Center yesterday afternoon I was talking to Rebecca about the research they had done on the first French Settlers. As previously indicated, my ancestors came from Dieppe in the mid 17th century. Rebecca indicated there's a museum in Tourouvre, west of Paris, that did this research and has the info I may be searching for
So tomorrow I spent the morning at the Juno Beach Center and then rode along the coast through awesome French towns and visited Second World War history. There's nothing about the war that I can write that could do any justice to the sacrifices made so all that I am providing are pictures.
"Lest We Forget!"
At breakfast, Simon indicates that he has called Rebecca to thank her for recommending his place to me. He has also purchased her a box of chocolate in gratitude. Simon is an atheist and is living the Law of Attraction without even knowing what it is. He will be extremely successful in his endeavour because of it. He offered me the use of his computer to check for emails even though the computer is in the residence part of the building. He is a man of "Quality" and whenever you decide to visit the beaches of Normandy, make sure you stay there for the best experience you will ever have in a B&B.