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En Vacances

In this category you will find snapshots and muses of my annual holidays.

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I quite found these pictures by chance, while transferring some photographs from an iPad 4 to  a Voyager Air 2 network drive. The photographs were taken with an iPad 4 at the Musee Memorial d'Omaha Beach on the Avenue de la Lib√©ration, St Laurent Sur Mer, Normandie, France, while on holiday last year. Anybody, who is anybody and has seen the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan, which is regarded as having the most realistic opening sequences to any film , ever, must visit one of the many museums in this area of France.

Although aimed at tourists a lot of the memorabilia found in  the museums bring home the reality of war and given the current standoff between NATO and Russia why we cannot afford another one. In total about 3881 American soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing on 6th June 1944 at Omaha beach alone. I took a lot of photographs of the radios of the time, as we will eventually be hosting a series on Software Defined Radio (SDR) on this website.

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Our next stop was to see Le Chavliers de la Table Ronde or The Knights of the Round Table. This was quite a good time for us to attend this show, as quite recently a series, called Merlin, has been broadcast on British TV on Saturday evenings. This meant that we were relatively familiar with the characters, as well as the material that was on display.

I've always wondered what they would have been called if they sat at a conventional rectangular dining table! Le Chevalier de la Table Rectangulaire. Quite fortunately for them they didn't and the table was round according to the legend, because all the knights were deemed to be equal once they had proven themselves to be chivalrous. This blog post chronicles the start of the knight's adventures, as told by the actors and actress of the show at Puy du Foy.

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Puy du Fou is a popular historical themed park in Western France. It is particularly good for parents who wish to sneak in a history lesson or two, in the pretext of a day out, to their unsuspecting kids on their summer holiday. The shows or history lessons depending how you see them, which includes The Three Musketeers, The Vikings and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table amongst others, are all acted out in sweltering temperatures to appreciative audiences. We were part of that audience this summer and pictures from one of the shows we watched, The Secret of the Lance, are the subject of this blog post.

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The bulk of our summer vacation was spent in the town of Saint-Jean-des-Monts on the west coast of France. We liked it so much last year that we decided to go back again this year, immediately after our stopover at Clecy. As usual we took our mountain bikes with us and had a thoroughly good time. Why do we like it so much? Well, that is what this blog post is about.

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This summer, like last summer, we decided to go to Saint-Jean-de-Monts on the west coast of France for our annual vacation. However this time we broke the journey between Calais and Saint-Jean-de-Monts in half and spent the night in Clecy. In the morning we planned to have a quick look around the town before continuing on our journey. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that there were quite a few things to do in the town, so we decided to stay for most of the day. What we got up to is the subject of this blog post.

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