The First Half of 2020

Maison Sauvage wisteria

Getting halfway through the year has never been something I’ve paid attention to before, but suddenly there are reminders all over Instagram and I’m writing a blog post about it. 2020 is full of surprises I suppose! While I certainly wouldn’t have expected pretty much anything that the first half of 2020 has brought, I have learned quite a bit.

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Granville: La Haute Ville

View from the top of Granville La Haute Ville

No trip to La Manche in Normandy would be complete without a stop in Granville, the Monaco du Nord. It’s a perfect Normandy beach town with plenty to see from the port to the picturesque seaside streets, shops, and restaurants, Musée Christian Dior and more. One thing I absolutely wouldn’t miss is a walk around La Haute Ville, the upper city of Granville.

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Musée Christian Dior in Granville

Musée Christian Dior Granville

Musée Christian Dior in Granville is always on my list of places to visit when I’m in the area. The museum occupies Christian Dior’s childhood home in Normandy, Villa Les Rhumbs. The garden recently reopened following the confinement and I couldn’t resist a visit to see the roses in bloom.

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Waverly B. Woodson Jr: D-Day’s Last Unsung Hero

76th Anniversary of D-Day Normandy Landings

Today is the 76th Anniversary of D-Day. I first visited the Normandy D-Day landing sites and memorials with my study abroad program in 2012. The visit itself was eye-opening and profound, especially because at that time I around the same age as many of those who lost their lives. It’s something that I appreciate more and more as the years go by.

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Back to French Paradise in Normandy

French paradise in Normandy swimmers

The best decision we made in the month of May is to come back to Normandy for a long weekend. Paris has been great with perfect weather, and I’m sure it’s even better now with the parks and gardens open again, but for me nothing compares to this French paradise in Normandy.

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