Travel

Tom has a dirty little secret

By on September 6, 2016

Another busy day today.  But first let me tell you about the cute little apartment we rented.  It’s located on the second floor and its 3 times the size of what we had in Paris.  It’s super charming and very comfortable.

The view from our window this morning.

The view from our window this morning.

First thing this morning we visited the Bayeux Tapestry museum.  If you’re an Amazing Race fan, you will remember this from the show.  Or, if you’re Tom, you already know everything about it and can’t wait to see it in person.

Basically it’s nearly 1000 years old and tells the story of William the Conqueror.  I would say it’s somewhat interesting….especially for those over 75 years old.

We were told many times not to take pictures.  #rebel

We were told many times not to take pictures. #rebel

The big event was the visit to the D Day site at Juno Beach.  Tom was like the star pupil and I was his photographer at every monument.

Front seat nerd asking all the questions and answering them too if the teacher, I mean tour guide didn't know the answer.

Front seat nerd asking all the questions and answering them too if the teacher, I mean tour guide, didn’t know the answer.

A monument that says thank you to the Canadian soldiers.

A monument that says thank you to the Canadian soldiers.

We were on a tour with 2 other people and our guide was excellent.  We also hit the Juno Beach museum and Canadian cemetery in France.  This was heavy stuff and really gave us the perspective on how many died and what they had to do get France from under Germany’s thumb.

 

Another monument that says thank you to the Canadian soldiers.

Another monument that says thank you to the Canadian soldiers.

And while it was all very interesting and good, it did sorta feel like an all day social studies class.  Turns out I haven’t matured much since high school and I napped while the teacher was talking and if Tanya was there, we probably woulda ditched to go swim in the ocean.

Suns not out, but guns are.

Suns not out, but guns are.

toms dirty little secret

At the beginning of the tour, it was asked if we had any family or anything that fought in the war.  One girl had a couple great uncles but everyone else said no. (This is where someone will tell me that of course someone in my family was in the war and I cant believe you didn’t know that)

However Tom is GERMAN.  And his grandfather died in the WAR.  FIGHTING FOR GERMANY.  It took me about half way through the tour to realize this.  There is a lot of ‘those German bastards’ and ‘can you believe those Germans did that’ in this tour.  And I would just look at Tom and whisper, ‘yeah, can you Tom, CAN YOU?’

Just doing some espionage for ze homeland.

Just doing some espionage for ze homeland.

We finished the day by going out for a real French meal.  I had a galette which is a savoury crepe.  Delicious.

a nice light French dinner at a reasonable hour.

a nice light French dinner at a reasonable hour.

Tomorrow we have another long social studies class then we are on our way to Nice for beaches.  Or at least that’s what I’ve been told.  We will be taking the night train to Nice, so that might be chalk full of interesting stories.

And for those of you wondering about how Tom might be doing with French-He started earlier this week with ‘Mercy’ and today he pulled out ‘Marci’. Somehow he is getting worse.

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12 Comments
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    Donna

    September 6, 2016

    So glad that you, Kerri, and I have an equal enthusiasm for history. Tom sure seems to be in his element, much like Robert would be on that same trip.
    I’m enjoying every word of your blog (and the pictures, too)!

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    Robert Siddall

    September 6, 2016

    I have a history degree. One of my uni essays was on the Battle of Hasting depicted in the tapestry that are inaccurate and used as propaganda by William I. As well, when we did a search of our genealogy it turns out that we are related to William I. No lands or money though.

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      Kerri

      September 6, 2016

      What? The winner of the war portrayed themselves in a better light?Mais non!!

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    Auntie Sheila

    September 6, 2016

    Wow, great blog and what an adventure. So, Tom came from one of THOSE Germans! Amazing.

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    Mom

    September 6, 2016

    Well that all looks very interesting, especially to a history buff like Tom. Loved the pictures and glad you like your little apartment. Isn’t there any shopping around there?

    Also, just to let everyone know that below the posts is a section that shows exactly what time it is where Kerri and Tom are compared to my (Alberta) time.

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      Donna

      September 6, 2016

      Love Monica’s comment about shopping. My seeesta is in the same headspace as me.

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      Kerri

      September 6, 2016

      Mom-the streets areLINED with cute boutiques. We have to walk by them to get to all the boring stuff. I will say I saw a lot of old ladies in the gift shops buying stuff. I wanted to tell them not to-that it’s not fair on their kids when they have to move it all.

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    Mary

    September 6, 2016

    Hi Kerri!

    I love your blogs! You are an excellent story teller and I’m looking forward to following you and Tom on your journey! You sure make me laugh!

    Mary

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      Kerri

      September 6, 2016

      Glad you are enjoying it Mary!

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    Karen Olson

    September 6, 2016

    I love how enthusiastic and interested Tom is in all the history. And you’re a good sport!

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    Annette

    September 6, 2016

    I agree – you are being a great sport and skilled documentarian of said historical tour! So funny about Tom’s dirty little secret!!!

  8. Reply

    Melissa

    September 8, 2016

    Your whisper to Tom made me truly laugh out loud! Sounds like an excellent adventure so far!

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