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The boys running wild through Pointe du Hoc, up and down crater holes carved by the fierce bombardment from years ago, and in and out of what is left of the damaged German bunkers. The boys may always remember this as the greatest play date ever!
**A little history behind this play date, the boys go to school with two brothers, one in Zoli’s class, one is Shea’s class, and we seem to always be vacationing in or around the same area as their family, our travel plans so randomly cross paths that I think in a past life we must have traveled in a covered wagon caravan together across the great plains. Needless to say when I found out they were going to be in France not far from us, I was not all that surprised, very happy about it, but not totally surprised!**
This morning, we left our serene country cottage, or Gite as they say in here, in the heart of Frances Brittany Peninsula and drove up to Normandy where we would meet up with the Hanson Family.
First stop Pointe du Hoc. Of course in true Brady fashion we were late…. I would like to blame it on the kids, but I’m not really sure I can this time around! We easily found our friends, remember I told you we have this weird travel connection thing.
**Quick little history lesson, see how educational this blog is 🙂 , Pointe du Hoc is the location where the newly formed United States Army Ranger Group had to scale 100 feet cliffs in order to destroy the German guns that were in striking distance of both Omaha & Utah Beach, and would threaten the landing of allied forces on these beaches.**
Of course much of this history was lost on the boys, but they loved running around with their friends. I think it was their best day of our trip/move so far!
After the boys ran around for a while, we left Pointe du Hoc so that we could stop by the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum. Once again I am sure much of the significance of the museum was lost on the boys. However, they were pretty enamored by the “big guns” that they saw, I don’t know what it is about boys, we are certainly not a “gun loving” household and yet they are still in awe of tanks, and canyons and anything that blows up or causes a big boom. It’s possible I will just never understand this fascination. I will admit that I thought the museum was really well put together and to be honest very moving. Reading the stories and reflecting on the sacrifices made by so many men, I couldn’t think about it too much or I would have been a crying mess. It is a place where it is easy to let your emotions overcome you!
After the museum we took the boys down to Omaha Beach where they had a blast playing in the sand,the surf, building sand castles (that were being defended by plastic army guys, thanks museum gift shop) and they even had their first glimpse of “Naked Girl On French Beach”
Much too quickly, our play date in Normandy had come to an end. Thanks so much Hanson Family, it was great to see you guys and get a little “taste of home”! Enjoy the rest of your vacation!
“For all those who have kept their child heart or want to find it” ~ La Vallee Secrete
Just shy of 40 miles from Quebec City at the entrance to St-Raymond you will find a spellbinding valley. La Vallee Secrete or the Secrete Valley where an enchanting forest filled with gnomes and other tiny treasures is just waiting to be discovered.
Exploring this valley was one of the highlights of our summer in Montreal. One weekend we took a side trip to Quebec City and detoured through St.-Raymond to go gnome hunting. I remember when we were adding the extra drive time with three squirmy kids in the back seat I was thinking to myself, is this really worth it! We could be in Quebec City by now! Oh WOW, was it ever worth it. everything about this valley is absolutely delightful. I have never been in a place that exudes the feel of magic like La Vallee Secrete does. From the moment we put on our gnome hats, throughout the entire time spent solving clues in order to gain access into the magical world of Tinnini Nain the boys remained spellbound. La Vallee Secrete truly embodies the magic and wonder that we all need more of in our lives.
Open from April to late December
Call ahead to check hours & make a reservation
Remember to dress for the weather
Bring a snack or picnic lunch to enjoy in the forest
And remember….it’s a secret……. shhhhh