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!


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.