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The View of our Last Month

May 16, 2015

Finally, pictures!!!  Our little adventure across France last month, plus a few photos of other things.  And flowers…

Geneva and Normandy

At the Reformer's Wall in Geneva.

At the Reformer’s Wall in Geneva.

These were our absolute favorite fruit in Congo, so it was fun to see them in the store in Normandy.  But, not for that price...we'll wait until they are in season in December...

These were our absolute favorite fruit in Congo, so it was fun to see them in the store in Normandy. But, not for that price…we’ll wait until they are in season in December…

It is a bread vending machine.  Because, France.  (Sadly, it didn't give us this last loaf and we were without bread for the evening. Bummer.)

It is a bread vending machine. Because, France. (Sadly, it didn’t give us this last loaf and we were without bread for the evening. Bummer.)

At a museum in Normandy, a B-26 Marauder, one of the only one of these planes left.

At a museum in Normandy, a B-26 Marauder, one of the only one of these planes left.

At the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, this was a group of American service members and their spouses being given a tour.

At the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, this was a group of American service members and their spouses being given a tour.

On our walk from the beach on our anniversary, this church had a green glow in its bell tower.

On our walk from the beach on our anniversary, this church had a green glow in its bell tower.

Giverny, at Monet’s Gardens

Monet's Gardens were fantastic.

Monet’s Gardens were fantastic.

These two frogs were making a lot of noise, and in my efforts to capture them with a lot of zoom power, I didn't realize what they were doing!  Oops, sorry frogs!  But, yeah, I'm sharing it with all of you.

These two frogs were making a lot of noise, and in my efforts to capture them with a lot of zoom power, I didn’t realize what they were doing! Oops, sorry frogs! But, yeah, I’m sharing it with all of you.

Family Portrait, with Monet's house and garden in the background.

Family Portrait, with Monet’s house and garden in the background.

Monet liked copper.

Monet liked copper.

This stove.  Want.

This stove. Want.

I couldn’t stop taking photos of the lovely and unusual flowers.  Plus, it was fun practice with the good camera.  Here is a small selection (if you click on one, it becomes a slideshow).

Paris

At Musée d'Orsay, with a real Monet.

At Musée d’Orsay, with a real Monet.

These two guys and their pants.  I wanted to photograph every interesting person I saw, but these two passed while my phone was already out.

These two guys and their pants. I wanted to photograph every interesting person I saw, but these two passed while my phone was already out.

Driving by Notre Dame, thankful not to be stuck in those crowds!

Driving by Notre Dame, thankful not to be stuck in those crowds!

Ladies, he can use chopsticks.

Ladies, he can use chopsticks.

Brothers reading books in Paris.

Brothers reading books in Paris.

Breakfast in Paris.

Breakfast in Paris.

I posted this on Instagram and several suggested we get it printed to hang in our home.  So, it's being shipped right now!  Thanks for the suggestion!

I posted this on Instagram and several suggested we get it printed to hang in our home. So, it’s being shipped right now! Thanks for the suggestion!

Axel, under the Eiffel Tower, having the best time ever, chasing pigeons.  And screaming.  Did you know loud sounds echo under the Eiffel Tower?  They do, indeed.

Axel, under the Eiffel Tower, having the best time ever, chasing pigeons. And screaming. Did you know loud sounds echo under the Eiffel Tower? They do, indeed.

Buying some souvenirs under the Eiffel Tower

Buying some souvenirs under the Eiffel Tower

Driving this famous roundabout (Matthew, not me)!

Driving this famous roundabout (Matthew, not me)!

Versailles

The wind was fierce and blew the spray while the sun hit it just right.

The wind was fierce and blew the spray while the sun hit it just right.

You know you've made a popular product when it's banned at Versailles.

You know you’ve made a popular product when it’s banned at Versailles.

King Louis's bedchamber.

King Louis’s bedchamber.

The Hall of Mirrors.

The Hall of Mirrors.

So many things to say about what is going on here.  Axel is laying on the floor, in the War Room of Versailles, while his sister kneels over him, and all of it being photographed by very sweet, very excited Asian tourists.

So many things to say about what is going on here. Axel is laying on the floor, in the War Room of Versailles, while his sister kneels over him, and all of it being photographed by very sweet, very excited Asian tourists.

Matthew at Versailles, lookin' good.

Matthew at Versailles, lookin’ good.

The Gardens at Versailles.

The Gardens at Versailles.

The fountains!

The fountains!

A picture with me in it!?!?  What?!

A picture with me in it!?!? What?!

Oh, here's another one!

Oh, here’s another one!

The buildings were so huge, and the gardens were even bigger...

The buildings were so huge, and the gardens were even bigger…

Beautiful and extravagant!

Beautiful and extravagant!

Turin, Italy

Axel pondering the wonders of the Italian Alps from our cabin.

Axel pondering the wonders of the Italian Alps in front of our cabin.

Our sweet cabin just outside of Turin, Italy.  These brothers are so great...

Our sweet cabin just outside of Turin, Italy. These brothers are so great…

Watching Daddy buy a lightweight (heavily discounted) Italian suit for important business meetings Congo.

Watching Daddy buy a lightweight (heavily discounted) Italian suit for important business meetings Congo.

This weekend we were gifted a lovely visit from our Dutch friends.  We’ve been to visit them, in the Netherlands, twice (here and here), but it was really great to have them come to us and explore Albertville.  We had fun outside, we went to the medieval city up the hill in the rain, and the market in the sun today.  We are so glad our kids are such great friends, too.

These friends are awesome.

These friends are awesome.

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