So, dievca has been at a caffeine loss since Scandinavia. The French coffee is not as strong.
dievca was forced to seek alternative coffee and espresso filled the bill.
Thank goodness for the Italians!
(and a heck of a lot of them are wandering Normandy and Brittany)
the sundeck would be jammed.
Not a bad place to take a good beer, right?
Château de Caen – William the Conqueror built the Castle c. 1060
Then dievca spotted this at the supermarché…what?
“Sex in a Canoe” Beer
(all the way from outside Dallas, Texas)
Photos: dievca 08/2018 Caen, France
Pieces of Bayeux
The Bayeux Tapestry; French: Tapisserie de Bayeux [tapisʁi də bajø] or La telle du conquest; Latin: Tapete Baiocense) is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England about William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. It is thought to date to the 11th century, within a few years after the battle. It tells the story from the point of view of the conquering Normans.
According to Sylvette Lemagnen, conservator of the tapestry, in her 2005 book La Tapisserie de Bayeux:
The Bayeux tapestry is one of the supreme achievements of the Norman Romanesque …. Its survival almost intact over nine centuries is little short of miraculous … Its exceptional length, the harmony and freshness of its colours, its exquisite workmanship, and the genius of its guiding spirit combine to make it endlessly fascinating.
The designs on the Bayeux Tapestry are embroidered and not woven, so that it is not technically a tapestry. Nevertheless, it has always been referred to as a tapestry until recent years when the name “Bayeux Embroidery” has gained ground among certain art historians. The tapestry may be seen as a perfect example of secular Norman art.
During the Second World War, Bayeux was the first city of the Battle of Normandy to be liberated, and on 16 June 1944 General Charles de Gaulle made the first of two major speeches in Bayeux where he made clear that France sided with the Allies. The buildings in Bayeux were virtually untouched during the Battle of Normandy, the German forces being fully involved in defending Caen from the Allies.
Thank you to wiki and Photos: dievca 08/2018
dievca is getting good at unpacking and packing.
The Dieppe Raid was an Allied assault on the German-occupied port of Dieppe, France on 19 August 1942, during the Second World War. The main assault lasted less than six hours until strong German defenses and mounting Allied losses forced its commanders to call a retreat.
Over 6,000 infantrymen, predominantly Canadian, were supported by The Calgary Regiment of the 1st Canadian Tank Brigade and a strong force of Royal Navy and smaller Royal Air Force landing contingents. It involved 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British troops, and 50 United States Army Rangers.
The Allied air operations supporting Operation Jubilee resulted in some of the fiercest air battles since 1940.
And now, Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Mer:
dievca should have gotten photos….
she didn’t think fast enough.
Wandering into the centre of Lille, dievca passed the French chain store NAF NAF. Years ago, when she was in Paris for the first time, she bought a great T-shirt at NAF NAF and has fond memories.
About 28 years later, dievca walked into another NAF NAF store. It’s similar to a “Morgan” or a “Zara” – a lower to mid-level young persons’ store.
dievca did the fast pass just to look at the fashion, avoiding a huge tulle dress and finding a beaded linen, v-neck t-shirt. she bought one in white and one in forest green. Success!
She and her friend made their way down two levels of stairs to pay for the tops.
In line, there was a Mamma and two daughters (around 12 and 16) with three of the poufy tulle dresses in hand. Two of the Pink and one of the Blue:
Apparently, the Mamma was going to wear one pink dress, the older girl was going with the pink dress and they were trying to get more at 70% off for a wedding party. The younger girl and others were going with the blue.
Incredibly tacky, but maybe a lot of fun.
The checkout was chaotic. The sales Lady was on the phone trying to get more dresses, the daughters were wandering around, the line was building up behind dievca. Then they opened a new line and before dievca could get around the store furniture, everyone cut in front of her~ dievca’s friend was being very patient.
dievca moved into the new line, her friend stayed behind the poufy dress chaos and they waited. And waited. Fascinated by the process of the Sales Lady stuffing these Big A** dresses into shopping bags. The lady was encapsulated by the tulle, she almost got eaten. They were so fascinated they forgot to take a photo. You will have to use your imagination.
dievca was finally able to buy the t-shirts in the original line and the flustered Sales Lady forgot to desensitize the tags. dievca managed to set-off the alarms for the next store.
You know, thinking about it….the poufy dress might have been fun as a Presentation Outfit!
Diversity, dievca, Diversity!