We ended our visit with Jen's parents with a quick tour of the Loire valley, where we spent 2 full days visiting renaissance chateaus.
For another day-trip, we decided to visit Mont Saint-Michel. Everyone had been there before except Jen, but it was cool enough that it was worth the long trip even to see it a second time.
What makes Mont Saint-Michel spectacular is the view you get of the abbey as you approach it from the road. From far away, all you see is a giant church on top of a little mountain in the middle of nowhere... breathtaking.
One of our our day trips was to a pretty costal town called Honfleur. We took a nice stroll around the cute town, window shopped and bought some yummy (and rather expensive!!) local-made dried fruits, and ate lunch at a nice restaurant... what more can you ask for? .. it was a great day! :)
We managed to meet up with Jen's parent at the Paris train station and proceeded to Roen where we rented a car. We then drove to a timeshare that they rented in Connelles, a really small village South of Roen. We enjoyed a week of relaxing in the really nice, spacious timeshare while working and doing a few day trips from here.
We were happy to indulge in some home cooked meals.. especially Jen's parents who had been living off of ham sandwiches and Kit-Kat during the previous week after experiencing some major price shock in Switzerland :) We decided to treat them to their first-ever "make your own pizza" night ;)
Isn't this one of the cutest tomatoes you've ever seen...?? We bought it at the street market, 2 blocks from our apartment.
They're called heirloom tomatoes, and they are really tasty! ...Just look at how wanting-ly Jen cradles it! ;)
One of the popular sites in Paris is the Catacombs. They were created after people complained of sanitary problems around the nearby cemeteries. Abandoned quarries were converted into the biggest necropolis in the world. Now the remains of around 6 million people, lay to rest here....