Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dreaming of France -- Memorial Day Commemoration

Please join this weekly meme. Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.
Maybe we can all satisfy our yearnings for France, until we get there again.
Since we're celebrating Memorial Day here in the United States, I'm posting a couple of pictures from Normandy Beaches that Tucker took during his trip in April. The first one is a panoramic view so if you click on it you should get the full impact.
 They visited a cemetery and memorials to the servicemen who died there.
 This cemetery full of crosses is so sad. I just imagine all of the youth and vigor of the men who poured out onto those beaches, so many of them never saw their sacrifice pay off.
But our life today, our Memorial Day Sales, and picnics and bicycle rides are all thanks to what they and their families gave up.
My novel The Summer of France includes one of those American World War II soldiers who never returned because he fell in love with a French woman. Summer is a perfect time to pick it up if you haven't yet. It's in paperback for $14 or on Kindle for $3.99.


Jacqui Brown said...

Hello Paulita, I have linked to a post from the beginning of May when we celebrated Victory in Europe and liberation in France. Have a good week.

Louise said...

Moving photos Paulita. We went to the D Day beaches on our first trip to France in 1998. Those huge cemeteries full of grave markers are overwhelming, so many young men lying dead.

Jackie McGuinness said...

We went to the Canadian museum, Pegasus and graveyards last August in Normandy. Very moving!

Jackie McGuinness said...

Yes, Paulita, I read Chocolate and loved it!!!

Virginia said...

I loved the Normandy photos. I really must get there one day.
Bon lundi,

Esme said...

The cemetery is sad. While it is no consolation to the families that lost loved ones, they have done a nice job with the cemetery.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I really want to make the trip to Normandy as my dad came to France through Utah Beach. Wonderful remembrance, Paulita.


Sim Carter said...

So sorry Paulita I wasn't able to play along today; my son is moving back to NYC so we've been packing up his place.
The picture of the cemetery is so moving, so many lives, so many YOUNG lives:(
Ah yes, summer is the perfect time to read Summer of France! A great book to take to the beach or outside on your patio if you have one, for a croissant and a cafe au lait in the morning sun and pretend you're in France - I've been breakfasting al fresco with Jess Walters "Beautiful Ruins" but alas that takes place in Italy - er, mostly.

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