27 May 2009

France Trip 2009!

To make up for my lack to blogging, here are some sweet pics from our France Trip 2009!

Eiffel Tour


Climbing the tour! So many stairs!


Chelsea reading the Metro map


Chelsea's first REAL pastry!


Walking through the catacombs-spooky!


The most famous rue in the world


Arc de Triomphe


The Tomb of the unknown soldier under the Arc de Triomphe


The Louvre


Climbing MORE stairs toward Sacré Coeur


Our hostess Noelle! A member of the Paris Lilas ward. She was kind enough to let us stay chez-elle


Our French/American (it was a Ford) rental car


Chateau Pierrefonds near Compiègne


Exploring inside Chateau Pierrefonds


The Joly family


A great family in Compiègne-Alexandra, Alexandre, and Samuel


Centreville Compiègne



Chateau Chantilly


Chelsea really wanted a picture with her finger in the deer's nose


Doing Laundry after a long drive south into the Loire Valley


Chateau Chambord


Chateau Cheverny


Chateau Chenonceau


Chateau Chaumont


Chateau Amboise



Hanging out with the Haakes in St. Malo near Rennes-Esther, Beau, and Lidie


On the surrounding fortress walls of St. Malo


Utah Beach in Normandy


An awesome little village in Normandy- 73 inhabitants


Le Mont Saint-Michel-the pride of France


Old WWII German bunkers


The American Cemetery on Omaha Beach


On William the Conquerors castle in Caen


My old missionary apartment in Caen


Chelsea and our good friend Thierry eating lunch before our trip home


On our way back to Paris, and eventually home, on an overcrowded train-we didn't have seats so we sat in the baggage hold!







9 comments:

Kelly said...

Whoa, I am jealous. It looks like you had an awesome vacation. Did you bring back berets for all your family?

Nickell said...

I'm way jealous as well. How fun! I bet Chelsea was in HEAVEN!

Dan said...

Mmm...Millefeuille Nice choice for the first pastry.

Lindsay said...

That's a lot of chateaus, Riley. I want to see the village Nay!

jax said...

When did you serve in Compiegne? I love the Jolly family!

The Meyer's said...

Fun pictures! You two looked like you had a blast. Good luck in Wisconsin, Nays!

Tiffany said...

Looks like you guys had a great trip. Good for you! Thanks for sharing the pictures. (Glad they got the baggage home safely:D.)

The Ortons said...

I love all the pics.
we miss you guys.
cant wait to see you.

Erin said...

That looks amazing! Did you go to every chateau in the Loire valley? It looks like it. Amazing. I love France.