Taking my father, Les Ryan, to Paris and Normandy for a well-deserved vacation. Going to see the Normandy invasion beaches, American cemetery, Bayeux tapestry, Caen, and more.
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  • Jun30

    Bayeux, Normandy, France

    June 30, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    I think the Saturday Market in Bayeux might have been Dad’s favorite sight of the whole trip. Here he is in front of a paella stand. Dad thought that with his wheelchair he might be able to pick up a few euros selling flowers! Had to stop at the fish monger stand. Note the shark on the scale.Read more

    John Shriver

    I’m so glad you made it to the Bayeux Market. Kathy & I really enjoyed it.

  • Jun29

    Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy, France

    June 29, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    At Arromanches on Gold Beach, if you look closely you can see remains of the Mulberry Harbor off the beach. Dad really enjoyed today. Feeling good, getting great sleep, really enjoying having Erin and Jon along. He is also enjoying being pushed around in this chair-perhaps a little too much but, all is good as all three of us take turns. Tomorrow, we visit the Farmer’s Market in Bayeux then onto the Caen Museum. Catching a train later in the day back to Paris.Read more

  • Jun29

    Sainte Mere Eglise, Normandy, France

    June 29, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Erin and Dad at the Airborne Museum in Ste. Mere Elise. Dad really enjoyed this! Erin found a highly questionable dive restaurant for lunch. See dead plant and dirty floor-but, 12 oysters for 12 euros! Ended up ok, nobody got sick! Dad and I at a huge German Battery-very coolRead more

  • Jun28

    Colleville-Sur-Mer, Normandy, France

    June 28, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    American Cemetery at Omaha Beach. Dad really enjoyed visiting Omaha Beach. Reminiscing about people who he knew from his childhood who died during WWll. Next was Pointe du Hoc-the location where the Army Rangers scaled a 90ft cliff on D-Day. The Ranger Monument and Dad overlooking the cliff where the Rangers attacked. Less popular with Dad was the Bayeux Tapestry. He is not into William the Conqueror and medieval history. Tomorrow is Sainte-Mere-Eglise and Juno Beach.Read more

  • Jun27

    Bayeux, Lower Normandy France

    June 27, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Look who we found in Bayeux! Later, onto dinner- Dad LOVES the oysters and wine. I think we are over the jet lag!

    Laurie Ryan

    Take it easy on Pappy!!! Is that TWO bottles of wine??!

    Laurie Ryan

    I think Jon is the adult in that room...........

  • Jun26

    Paris, France

    June 26, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Dad sleeping and eating well but, still having a little 2nd day “jet lag”. Some work (conference) for me in the morning and then off for site seeing in the afternoon. An absolute mandatory pic-“Eiffel Tower”. My French colleagues and I at our booth at the World Nuclear Exhibition. After a few meetings, I snuck out to go hang with Dad. On Dad’s bucket list was some European history with the tomb of Napoleon at Invalides. Also strolled through the French military museum, Dad loved this, especially the suits of armor and weapons from the tenth-sixteenth centuries-pretty cool. Dad is really enjoying the cafe culture in France. We have been eating our meals at sidewalk cafes. He is amazed that people just sit there for hours, smoking cigarettes after ordering one stupid cup of coffee. In the US, they would chase them out, or maybe arrest them if they weren’t white.Read more

    Laurie Ryan

    Great picture----Beautiful weather!! Look at that sky!!

  • Jun25

    Paris, France

    June 25, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Finally, arrived in Paris very early this morning,grabbed taxi, off to hotel for some sleep. First, tourist photo of the day begins just down the street from the hotel-Notre Dame. Then, grab a little dinner at a cafe on the Left Bank-tres chic! After dinner, catch a little entertainment-street performers “break dancing”! Yea-think Dad is getting rested and into the groove now!Read more

  • Jun24

    Charlotte, NC Airport

    June 24, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    What is it about the Ryans’ -why does everything turn into an ordeal? So just as Dad gets all settled into his luxury first class cabin-the plane decides to fly around for a couple hours to burn fuel so it can LAND AGAIN in CHARLOTTE. Something with an electronic malfunction and it was not permitted to fly overseas! So, back to Charlotte for a new plane. Dad is hanging in there but, is pretty darn hungry by nowRead more

    Laurie Ryan

    He needs some groceries.