And Day 2 started with the ever magical Mont Saint Michel! The weather was BEAUTIFUL, blue sky dotted with clouds, sunny and breeezyyyy.
Imagine, 1000 years ago, someone said, let’s go build on that island that can be only reached in low tide.
How on earth did they drag all that stone and machinery and tools and all the materials
all the way to the island only in limited time slots, and still drag it up there!
how magical is this place… archways and all….
what a feat to built this, to remember the architecture, twists and turns, calculate the mathematics, design!!!
I can’t help but think of the book Pillars of the Earth.
the land around it is mostly dried up. but twice a month, it still gets covered completely by water.
the government is now channeling the water from inland to the canal, which will bring it to here,
and then it would be surrounded by water always…. I think.
and then you would only be able to reach it by one bridge.
for the 70th Anniversary, a non-profit organization organized for the veterans to fly in for the celebrations.
the veteran on the right had some kind of sickness that was misunderstood as tuberculosis
so the American army rejected his registration.
So he went and registered himself in the Canadian army to fight in the war.
This is Phil Nicastro. We started chatting with him and his family.
Every veteran had their old photo in army uniform and name on a card around their neck.
Phil, instead, had a picture of him and his wife on their wedding day.
How sweet is that? They are married over 60 years.
He was 17 (!!!) when he was called to the army. He also served a dual role as a cook.
He was among the FIRST WAVE on the Normandy landings.
That means the very first ship/batch to arrive.
To clear the way for more troops.
the chances of surviving in the first wave was very very slim.
His 2 daughters were with them.
They shared with us that he actually NEVER talked about the war until 2 years ago.
And the war is why he hates firecrackers
2 yrears ago, his son in law was reading a book about the war and then, suddenly, he started talking…
One simply cannot imagine what a 17 year old must have gone through in that situation.
And that too, among the very first troop to land.
We went into town…everything was closed…so we went into the first busy restaurant we saw.
And splurged on a 3-course meal at almost 30 euros each (which is v cheap for Belgian standards)!
Tom enjoying his OYSTERS!
hot apple cake with ice cream – DELICIOUS. Apple was cooked so evenly to just the right degree.
and a “Normandy” Sunday with coffee, coffee icecream, vanilla ice cream, caramel…yumm
And of course. whipped cream.