Thursday, July 14, 2016

FRANCE JUNE 24-JULY 11, 2016

On our Way to the Airport June 14, 2016



Flight From SLC to PARIS



In Flight Meals 
First View of France From Airplane





TRAVELING THROUGH FRANCE
Heading North from Paris to St. Quentin

ST QUENTIN
June 25, 2016


First Stop.....Saint Quentin France 
This was Jamison's second area where he served for 4 months

      Our Visit with Pascal who helped Jamison so much while he was serving as a missionary.We wanted to be sure to visit Pascal and thank him for his kindness during the 4 months Jamison served. We had a wonderful lunch and spiritual thought with Pascal and the missionaries. 

Visiting a beautiful park in St. Quentin and waiting for Jamison's dear friend Tierry.


Jamison and Tierry



Jamison's Missionary Apartment in St. Quentin

St. Quentin Cathedral located right next to Jamison's aprartment


LILLE
June 25-26, 2016




From St. Quentin, we headed up North to Lille. It is located right by the border of Belgium and France. This was Jamison's first area where he served for 6 months. 
Bell Tower in Lille located next to Jamison's friend Dieter

View From the Top of the Bell Tower in Lille


Visiting Dietier in Lille



Walking through the park close to Jamison's apartment in Lille


Jamison's apartment in Lille. Jamison's name is still on there with the other original missionaries.



CHURCH IN LILLE
June 26, 2016


We went to Jamison's ward in Lille where we met many of the wonderful members. They loved Jamison and it was fun meeting all the people he associated with for 6 months at the beginning of his mission.
 
Abby talked with the Sister Missionaries. The one in the middle is from her mission in Lyon

Abby and Jamison in front of the Lille Chapel



GOUTTIN FAMILY


Jamison introduced us to the Gouttin Family at church who invited us for dinner. They live right by Lille in a city called Billeul. They spoke English and and we visited with them for 4 hours.  Paul went to Tahiti on his mission, Claira is 18 and Joseph who went to Lyon on his mission will  be married in 2 weeks in the Madrid Temple.


The amazing dinner made by the Gouttin Family.

Creamy Cheese puffs, salad, rice, curry chicken and dessert with chocolate.

Spending the evening with the Gouttin Family: 
Claira, Eliza, Jamison, Madeline, Abby, Paul and Joseph




BILLEUL BED AND BREAKFAST


We stayed in this charming Bed and Breakfast in Billeul. 


Here is the view from our room. There were beautiful live plants and flowers in the window and the bells were ringing from the church in the morning. 





Inside the Bed and Breakfast Billeul

Breakfast in Morning



Everything Fresh!


Beautiful view From the Breakfast Table





DOWNTOWN LILLE



Downtown Lille during the Euro Cup:  France and Ireland were playing in Lille






Mimi's  Favorite Store ...."Repetto"




Celebrating after France wins!  Notice the guys celebrating in the background.


VICORY OVER IRELAND...


Downtown Lille...people were all dresses up for the Euro cup.






Jamison went to the train station in Lille to visit his good friend Remmy




                                                        NEXT ADVENTURE
   THE COAST OF NORTHERN FRANCE
                                                     June 27-29, 2016





                        ETRETAT
                         A Beautiful City along the Northern Coast of France


                              Etretat







                             
                                                                Continuing to
                            NORMANDY AND BAYEUX




BAYEUX FRANCE



DOWNTOWN BAYEUX




                                          THE CATHEDRAL IN BAYEUX



                                CHATEAU SULLY
We stayed here for 3 nights during the time we toured Normandy, Bayeax & Mt. St. Michel
                                                    




                         On a walk in the morning by our hotel: Chateau Sully


Chateau Sully's towers: one was a chapel and the other homed pigeons

Inside Chateu Sully



The Chateau had a Michelin Star....  Hydrangeas were growing all over Northern France 

                  
                   NORMANDY
                        June 28, 2016


OUR TOUR WITH JAQUE


NORMANDY MUSEUMS AND BEACHES




                                         LUNCH WITH JAQUE AT LA POINTE DU HOC










Chateau de Sully with Madeline, Jamison, Abby, Jacques, Mimi and Eliza after the Normandy Tour on Tuesday June 28th

                            
                          BAYEUX

WE MET WITH THE KASTELLERS FORM SLC. KOLTON SERVED A MISSION WITH JAMISON IN PARIS. 
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FRESH FLOWER SHOPS EVERYWHERE!


PATISSERIES


FROMAGE




                     
                     MONT ST MICHEL
                              June 29, 2016










                            
                              AMBOISE
                               June 30-July 3, 2016

                      HOTEL LE MANIOR LES MINIMES
We stayed here for 3 nights. It is located next to the Amboise Castle next to the Loire River







                        Amboise Castle


Leonardo Da Vinci was buried in this cathedral located next to the Amboise Castle 
                                                           He lived here during his final days. 




Our Favorite Gelato "Amorino" Located by the Amboise Castle.



Our Favorite Patissier, "Bigot" Located in Amboise



                            Eliza with a  beautiful and delicious patisserie 






Leonardo Da Vinci's Museum in Amboise. It was our favorite museam! His works were featured outside in beautiful gardens and forests.

Da Vinci's works inside the museum.

VISITING CASTLES IN THE LOIRE VALLEY


MY FAVORITE CASTLE:  Chateau de Chenonceau  (or Chenonceaux)




Fresh Flowers and Plants everywhere!


Outside by the Castle Chenonceau in the beautiful forest.



                            CASTLE CHAUMONT




MOST ELEGANT PURPLE GARDENS





                             CHAMBORD CASTLE
             Biggest Castle with the double helix staircase created by Leonardo Da Vinci 












                             

                          BLOIS

Blois is a city 40 minutes from Amboise. This was Jamison's last area of his mission where he had served for 3 months with Elder Smith. This is where they met Andrew who was baptized June 17th. It was really fun for our family to go back and meet Andrew and all the people that Jamison had met at church and the city of Blois. People in the stores and cafes knew and loved Elder Jones. We had some run out of there businesses to say Bonjour to him . It was wonderful going to the small branch on Sunday. We met many wonderful and kind people who had served Jamison while he was on his mission. 
                         


Jason, Jamison, Andrew and the new missionaries in Blois. We spent the day with Andrew.
Jason had been there only 2 weeks before as a missionary. 


The new missionaries in Blois. These are the narrow streets in Blois where he would contact





Jamison's Apartment


Mission Memories in Blois







Farmers Market in Blois




ENJOYING THE FARMERS MARKET



SHOPPING FOR FAVORITE FRENCH BOOKS



SPENDING TIME WITH ANDREW IN BLOIS



Jamison became good friends with the people who owned this store. They were very kind to him while he was a missionary in Blois. It was fun for our family to meet them.


The store owner ran out to see us when he saw Elder Jones again. This was a barber shop where Jamison would get his hair cut.


Jamison and Elder Smith loved sliding down these railings

Blois Castle: Jamison originally had a picture of himself here on his mission.


Eglise Saint Nicolas



                    Old Chocolate Factory in Blois: Just like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


THE BLOIS BRANCH
On Sunday July 3rd, we went to church in Blois where Jamison served. It was testimony meeting and we met so many wonderful members like Patrick and Carol and their family. We met many other wonderful members who helped Jamison while he was on his mission. They greeted us all with "bisous" ( 2 kisses for everyone) and Jamison bore his testimony during the service. We loved the feeling from the members.


Saying Goodbye to Andrew at the Blois Branch


Abby met a sister missionary who had served in the New Caledonia mission. That is where Heather Chard is serving and Alysee is from!!


We brought an authentic dream catcher for Jamison's friend, Maggie. It was fun meeting and talking with her right outside of Blois.



Traveling down south from Amboise (by Tours) to Dordonge. We stayed in a little city called Sarlat. It is close to the Dordogne river.




                                                        SARLAT 
                                                     July 3-6, 2016
                         





Eating at our favorite restaurant Le Petit Manoir Restaurant in Sarlat.



Fois Gras (Goose Liver) and white fish fresh from the region 




 Making Breakfast in our apartment in Sarlat before going to the Dordonge river July 4, 2016


The Dordonge River Adventure July 4, 2016. We were about to see many Medieval towns and castles. It was spectacular!! A perfectly sunny day!


















Spending the 4th of July in Sarlat. We stayed right in this medieval town for 3 nights. It was amazing!




Shopping in Sarlat

My Favorite little store. This man made beautiful dishes that reflected Sarlat.  He decorated and painted little ducks, poppies and other things on the dishes. 




                   PADRIAC CAVE
 Located 40 minutes from Sarlat. We visited this incredible cave called the Gouffre de Padirac. 







Eating Crepes in Rocamadour (right by Padirac Caves)


Famous Foods in Sarlat






Making our way up to Paris. It took about 7 hours to drive from the Dordogne region to Paris


First Signs of Paris!


                   PARIS



We stayed close to the the Notre Dame Cathedral on Ile de St. Louis. 
Jason dropped off our car close to the hospital and we followed Jamison around while he guided us through Paris on the metro and RER.  It made everything extremely helpful to have him speaking fluent French and guide us around the city. It helped that he served in Cergy and Torcy as both cities were so close to Paris and he'd go there on his pdays. 





We went past the Notre Dame Cathedral every day!


Arc de Triomphe



            CHAMPS ELYSEES


Champs Elysees




Summer Sales


                       THE LOUVRE
                               

The Louvre




















             
               CHOCOLATE TOUR 









                                                                VISITING 
                              CERGY

This was the area Jamison served in after St. Quentin. He served there for 4 and a half months with Elder Hansen, Elder Gunn and Elder Harris. 
A wonderful family the Mejia family helped Jamison while he served in that area. They asked us to come to dinner at their home. Regina spent all day preparing a delicious meal for us. We were very grateful to their family for serving Jamison and having us in their home that evening. 


The Jones and Mejia Family: Joseph, Regina, Christie

A delicious dinner


Jamison playing the piano with Joseph and Madeline


We watched the Euro Cup at their home. France won! There was a huge celebration!



THE RER IN CERGY


Walking home passing the Notre Dame at night


Passing the Esmeralda Cafe by the Notre Dame


Paris at Night



Going to our Apartment on the Isle Saint Louis


Passing the spooky Marionette Shop on the way home



Our Patisseries from the Chocolate Tour from Jean Paul Hevin

                        
                   VERSAILLES











                                         VERSAILLE GARDENS 















                     EIFFEL TOWER

Incredible View of the Eiffel Tower before we  made our way to the top!



Elevator to the top..                                View from the top


























         NOTRE DAME TOUR
                        





                  
                  ORSAY MUSEUM







            PARIS OPERA HOUSE
                    GARNIER PALACE 1898
























                 
                 LOVE LOCKETS
                    PARIS 2016







                                  






DINNER LA BOUSSOLE

          
              EIFFEL TOWER AT NIGHT 
                       JULY 9, 2016


OUR VIEW FROM THE TRAIN

















CHURCH IN CERGY PONTOISE

Waiting for the RER to take us to the Cergy Ward. We passed the Oise River where Jamison told us about his favorite story about the boat church. The story is located on this blog.




The Floor in the RER looked like Mexican Jumping Beans.


Walking from the RER to Church in Cergy
We loved this Ward. The people were so kind. We had the Pettitt family interpret for us. Nadja and Hugh were so gracious. Their kids helped interpret during Young Women's as well. It was an amazing day with the members. Jamison gave out gifts: Tab Choir CD's, Pancake mix, beef jerky, peanut butter and pop tarts. One 14 year old boy asked how long we needed to refrigerate pop tarts:)

Our Favorite Place to eat in a Paris Market Place. 










Famous Gelato Place by our apartment on Isle St. Louise. "Berthillon"



Georges Pompidou Museum



Celebrating the Euro Cup at a Cafe in Paris




Last Night ....Fondu Restaurant 













Beautiful Sunset for our Last Night in Paris!






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