I am very passionate about history! I love it and I was actually a history major before switching to international relations. The main reason I wanted to go to Northern France was to see the Landing Beaches. I did not get to go to Juno (the Canadian landing beach) however I really valued and appreciated the time I had at Omaha and Gold beach.
Deauville is such a beautiful town! I did not know this, but apparently Deauville host a film festival each year and attracts a lot of Hollywood celebrities.
After Monet’s Garden we were on the road again further making our way to the Northern Coast. Our next stop was Rouen to see a lovely cathedral, you know my obsession with cathedrals.
I like lists. I make lists for just about everything and while I may not have a ‘bucket list’ I do have a list of goals I wish to accomplish. I also have a list of places I wish to visit, which includes just about every place on this planet. My list is quite long and includes probably every UNESCO site, however that would take me forever to write out here…
For our first stop outside of Paris we went to the beautiful Monet’s Garden in the town of Giverny. Even though it was chilly there were still plenty of flowers that had bloomed in the garden and it was so beautiful to walk through. I am not a huge fan of poetry but that garden and those flowers made me want to compose a poem. It is clear to see…
Before embarking on our tour, we had one more night in Paris. I discovered new loves for the city, like that ice cream car and the Late Quarter. I made a mental note to explore this area more, the next time I find myself in Paris. I also made a note to eat more cheese plates because they are amazing!
After I completed the 2 week program I decided to stay an extra week and go with Cosmos Tour Groups on an adventure in Northern France! ! I had planned, when I arrived in Paris, to spend the whole day exploring but since I was up at 5am, by the time I got to Paris I was very tired and decided to take a nice nap in my hotel room. After the tour group meeting I ventured a little down the road…
While studying and visiting the different institutes of the European Parliament, we also had a few cultural days what let us explore and learn more about Belgium. One of the trips took us to the Flemish countryside where we went on a very muddy hike ( it had just rained) through an orchard which was also roaming with sheep.
We got to spend a day in Brugge, which is a city I would really love to go back to and spend more than a day there. It is the famous medieval city in Belgium, where buildings are older, countless chocolatiers line the street, vendors set up in the square and where transportation via canals still exists.
One of the historical sites we went to was Fort Breendonk, located outside of Antwerp in Belgium. This place, as the name suggests, was used as a military fort during wars until it was captured by the Nazis and turned into a concentration camp.