On the road again, starting in Normandy
May 30, 2016
Jack and Marcia Schnedler are gallivanting once more as roving travel correspondents for Blood Dirt & Angels. They’ve embarked on a four-week trip that will feature celebration of Jack’s 73rd birthday in Paris and Marcia’s 73rd birthday four days later in Iceland.
They’ll be serving up mostly photos this time, with just enough text to put the pictures in focus. They’re starting in Normandy, best known to Americans as the site of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, starting point for the movie Saving Private Ryan.
The town hall in St. Sulpice de Grimbouville is housed in a picturesque building with a thatched roof. (photo ©JackSchnedler 2016)
Outside the town of Caudebec-en-Caux, a cliff-side memorial honors famed polar explorer Roald Amundsen. He and five others flying a rescue mission that had taken off from Caudebec disappeared in Arctic waters off Norway. The circumstances of their deaths remain unknown. (©2016 Marcia Schnedler)
On the grounds of Jumieges Abbey, one of the most impressive ruins in France, are a chess and a checkers set for outdoor play. (©2016 Jack Schnedler)
Those are Jack’s hands seen with a stupendous dessert served at La Gastronome restaurant in Le Bouille. (© 2016 Marcia Schnedler)
A stop at Auvers-sur-Oise, a bit west of Paris on the way to Normandy, included paying respects at the graves of Vincent Van Gogh, who died a probable suicide in Auvers in 1890, and his younger brother Theo, who died later that year. (©2016 Marcia Schnedler)
Jack photographs the ruins of Chateau-Gaillard, a fortified castle built by order of Richard the Lionheart at the end of the 12th century when he was King of England and Duke of Normandy. The massive ruins at Les Andelys overlook the Seine. (©2016 Marcia Schnedler)