Day #162 in lockdown in Mumbai, India hotel…

Day #162 in lockdown in Mumbai, India hotel…

On this date in 2014, we were traveling to Normandy, France on a private small-group tour from the ship. Tom was especially interested and passionate about visiting this historic site. At the time, I was less interested in touring Normandy than Tom. However, once we arrived at the location, everything changed and I found it impossible not to be captured by the powerful message and presence of this important cemetery and part of history.

Photos posted today are from this date in 2014 from this link.

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.

Our small group of 12, riding in a van from the port, were less friendly than most small group tours in which we’d participated in the past. As a result, we mostly toured the vast site on our own, later meeting with the group. The tour lasted over several hours, as we walked from area to area, emotionally moved by everything we saw.

Tomorrow, we’ll share several more photos from the Normandy tour but on this particular date on September 1, 2014, we’d posted only a few photos, for whatever reason, as shown.

With hotel rates increasing with more and more business people arriving from throughout the country, we’re currently booking for shorter periods when it seems we can’t book for weeks at a time. It appears the rates are much higher for long periods, as opposed to short periods, as much as US $25, INR 1820 per night, We keep checking daily in an attempt to lock in better rates.

The region of Normandy is rich in history and charming for its appealing French architecture of the century’s past.

Of course, it would be great if we could negotiate a better rate with the hotel. But, after attempting to do so, their prices weren’t as good as we could get through on our site, after factoring in the “one free night with every 10 nights” they provide. We did the math and we’re ahead using the website. However, the hotel provides us with a 30% discount on meals which helps.

Also, we receive a small commission when booking through our own links on our site. We appeal to all of our readers to use the links on our site for your Amazon and travel needs. The pricing for you, using our site,  is exactly the same as you’d receive if you go to these sites on your own and we’re provided a small commission to offset a few of our website expenses. This is so much appreciated.

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The fog rolled into the Normandy region as shown in our early morning two-hour drive

Otherwise, everything seems to be working well on our site. Our developers continue to work in the background on a few issues that don’t impact your reading the new daily post. I have a lot to learn about using WordPress while I spend at least an hour a day going back through the 3,000 old posts, making corrections.

There are a few items I can’t correct which are images of particular items we’d purchased from time to time. We’d copied the ads from Amazon or another site to illustrate what we’d purchased. Now, those images are gone on the retail site and I can’t seem to delete them from past posts. You may notice these from time to time. Please move past them, knowing there isn’t anything we can do to resolve this issue.

As in many other areas of Europe, many of the homes and buildings are attached, each with its own definitive front.

Mainly, these images were posted in the first few years of our world travels, in 2012 and 2013. It’s unfortunate that Blogger had so many issues over the years that require me to go back over every post. As mentioned, this process will take many months, doing a batch each day. In the interim, you can still read old posts without interruption.

I’m behind today due to a few tasks that kept me busy; paying off the credit cards which we do the first of each month; heading downstairs to the reception desk to pay the current bill which took more time than it should have, and working on the corrections. I should have been done with today’s post an hour ago.

The area is filled with tourists from all over the world.

Have a safe and fruitful day! (I’m reminded of the word “fruitful” when last night when I couldn’t sleep, I used this word when playing Scrabble with other online players). I won the game with this word!

Be well.


Photo from one year ago today, September 1, 2019:

The greenery, the cliffs, and the white sand beach create a stunning scene at Swanpool. For more photos, please click here.