First few days in Caen!
Trip Start Jan 05, 2010
12Trip End Jan 27, 2010
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After the Pointe du Hoc (I will try to upload a photo of the map of all the beaches) we went a
I didn’t take that many pictures today (the 16th). We went to a few other beaches and some really cute French villages. I wouldn’t mind retiring there someday and spending my summers in a beach house on the channel. I should probably focus on graduating from college before I think about where I want to live when I retire though. Oh well. After the beaches we went to a Canadian cemetery. I didn’t think that this one would be much different from the American one, but it definitely was. The main difference was that, for a small per letter fee, the families could write a short, personal engraving on the grave stone. Many of them said things like “To our only son, rest in peace. Mom and Dad,” or “You will be missed by your wife and baby Rosalie,” and “If love could have saved you, you would still be here. Mom and Dad.” It was absolutely heart breaking and I could not stop crying the entire time. Most of them were 20-25 years old. It’s a horrible tragedy, I can’t imagine having to raise a baby at this age after losing my husband in a war, it just doesn’t seem fair. We had a good conversation about it tonight at a nice French restaurant. A lot of the guys in our group were crying as well, it was hard not to after reading some of the engravings.
France so far has been a fun experience. The language barrier can be tough to get through, but we survive by pointing and making hand gestures. I would really like to learn French and come back here someday. Languages are so fascinating to me, I can’t wait to study in Mexico and use the language that I’ve been studying for the past 7 years or so. I’ve heard that other romance languages, like French, Italian, Portuguese, etc., are easier to learn once you’ve mastered one of them. I have seen some similarities between French and Spanish. I don’t see how French people aren’t all obese because crème brule and croissants are amazing. I could eat those two things exclusively and for the rest of my life and I would be content. Today I had a croissant with a piece of chocolate inside. It was basically like a chocolate bar sandwich. It was very glutinous, I won’t be ordering that again for the well-being of my waist line, but it was a nice treat. Tomorrow we have class at 1 for a few hours, then we’ll have the day to ourselves. I come home in about 11 days!