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Old Nov 17th, 2012, 01:22 PM
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The next morning, after visiting with our host and the other guests over breakfast, it was time to say goodbye, donkeys, geese, cats and all, and head to our next destination. Before we did, Regis informed us about a little known American cemetery, close by in the town of St. James, with about 5,000 WWII American veteran graves. Having never heard of an American cemetery other than that at Colville, we were eager to go and pay our respects. Regis assembled a freshly cut bouquet of hydrangeas from his garden for us to place on the grave on his "adopted" American soldier, Sgt. Theodore Fettinger, who died in the war on Sept. 17, 1944. We were honored to have this opportunity. The cemetery was beautiful, and really so peaceful. An interesting note...the French have deeded to the U.S. the land on which the American graves reside. So, when you visit these cemeteries, you are really on American soil. Who new???

We drove about an hour to Caen and spent the next 4.5 hours at the Caen Memorial Museum. Wow! What an amazing place! It is an incredibly comprehensive, "user friendly" museum covering the war and geopolitics, both before and after 1945. We were fascinated, and ran out of steam before running out of exhibits. This museum is an absolute must, and, I believe, a perfect precursor to visiting the D-Day sights.

It was on to Bayeux, and the new, luxurious Hotel Villa Lara. http://www.hotel-villalara.com/en/#/index.php This should have been a 20 minute drive, but we got lost (again) and took the scenic route (again).

The Villa Lara is brand new, opened in May of this year. 25 rooms, I believe. We had their standard room, about 150 euros, which was well put together, richly appointed and spacious. Marble bathrooms are quite large and the location is perfect, on the Place du Quebec. We also had a lovely view of the Bayeux cathedral from our room. The service is top notch; friendly and accommodating, without being intrusive. I am sure they will do well.

By the way, this is D-Day country, and the hotel plays the movie "Saving Private Ryan" on a 24 hour loop in all the rooms. The movie becomes even more meaningful after you visit the sites.

I had dinner reservations in Bayeux for each night but this. We took a short walk and tried to get in to L'Alchimie, but they were booked. We were hungry and tired and settled for a casual dinner of pizza and (duck) salad at the family friendly Brasserie Reine Mathilde.

Another beautiful day in paradise.
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Old Nov 17th, 2012, 01:37 PM
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Old Nov 17th, 2012, 02:11 PM
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Enjoying this so much!
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 09:12 AM
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Happy Anniversary! Enjoying your report. Glad you had such a wonderful anniversary trip.
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 10:39 AM
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I'm glad you loved the Memorial in Caen. I tell people until I am blue in the face that it is an absolute must, but not everybody believes me.
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 11:24 AM
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kerouac, it's so hard to pick a "favorite" part of our trip, as we had such a great time, but I will say that the Caen Memorial is right up there near the top. I learned so much about the history of the world. It's embarrassing to admit how much I learned!
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"Yes, we went to P'tit Resto, on our anniversary. As a gift, they spilled a glass of red wine on Bill! Better him than me

Will report all about it below."

AND????????????????

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Iregeo...so glad I happened upon your report. Romance, humor, helpful information--it's got it all !! We've had some wonderful trips to France over the years, but never yet for an anniversary--you've inspired me to start lobbying now for next years' celebration in early February.

I wanted to comment on your sidetrip to the Brittany American Cemetery in St. James, a place which, as you note, receives very little mention. Having an uncle (who was killed before I was born) buried there, I have been blessed to visit several times---among the most memorable experiences of my life. Thank you for recounting the story of your visit. Your hydrangeas brought a tear to my eye, as I am told they always grew in abundance in my grandparents' yard when Uncle K. was growing up.

A lovely report--thanks again !
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Old Feb 16th, 2013, 08:16 PM
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Will try to make the time to finish this report.
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Old Feb 16th, 2013, 10:14 PM
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I cannot rest until I hear what happened at P'tit Resto.

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Let me first off my congratulations .
We too are going to Paris in May.(This is our 9th visit.)
This will be our first visit to Bayeaux, we are taking the train, and spending 2 nites there.
Thanks for the tips.
We are looking forward to it.
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Old Mar 30th, 2013, 06:29 AM
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Thank you, lainie 2285. I hope you have the trip of a lifetime!

Hi Tom. I haven't been closely following your post, but I do hope that you are feeling well.

I hate to disappoint you, but our story at Le P'tit Resto is not an exciting one. I had booked this restaurant for our anniversary dinner. As you know, the space is tiny. I don't recall what we ate, but recall that it was very good. What I recall the most is that our server spilled a partial glass of red wine on Bill. Somewhat coldly, she said she was sorry, and it was over. It did "color" our experience! (No pun intended.)

We much preferred our dining experience the next evening at La Rapiere. Again, I don't recall what we ate, but that it, was excellent. (Good bet that it was fish, duck or lamb!) The service, however, was warm and friendly and the space classically french and attractive...more to my liking. The manager and server were particularly initerested in me, as they honestly thought that I was someone famous! I don't know who they thought I was (people often tell me I look like Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) but I enjoyed the friendly attention! Overall, it was a lovely evening.
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Great report, would love to read more when you have time to post!
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