We took a couple of days of R&R in France and Belgium.
Who can identify the cross and this location on the French coast?
My next economy truck. It fits a person and a dog, or a person and a child or two dogs or two children or…
Cool looking church with a pipe organ in the balcony.
Here we are hiking up a belfry, that was a jail and now is a tourist site.
Jail door. I want one. This thing is solid for being 500 years old.
View from almost the top.
This young man is one of the Syrian refugees who came over in one of those massively overcrowded boats six months ago. He has an incredible story, but he doesn’t see it that way. He is happy to be alive and sorry he can never return to his home country.
Still on the belfry, church in background getting a complete renovation. Another Syrian refugee trying to learn French. He already speaks English, Arabic and Persian. He risked his life trying to get to freedom. Ten of thousands are trying the same thing. Freedom is worth risking ones life for.
This is near the top of the belfry. Its a “key board” for playing the bells. They are all connected by cables. It has been modified to computerized electronics for pulling the cables, but can still be played by hand from this seat.
Finally, at the very top of the belfry. Well… there was still another 50 foot of pointed roof.
The little item at the very top was a winged golden dragon about 18 inches long. Totally unidentifiable from the ground.
Friends we stayed with in Belgium, Paul and Lauren.
The loan red tulip. and Judy’s purse in the background. That purse helped us get our lost luggage back. A great story for another time.
This is the North sea, Judy and Jim and our trusted GPS, Joan. Yes, the car came with a name, or at least the talking GPS did. There was a button on the steering wheel that is suppose to allow one to actually speak to Joan, but the artificial intelligence of Joan had already learned how to turn that feature off. She had many similarities to the talking computer, “Hal”, in the film 2001 a Space Odyssey. She was very much an independent thinker, who frequently took us on short side trips off the main route. Once, randomly she did a circle around a stone quarry. We don’t know why… I am starting to suspect she was testing how far she could go in dealing with these stupid humans. But, she was always polite and rarely showed emotion when I made a wrong turn. Not like the McDonalds menu computer. They actually programed in a cartoon girl who appears on the screen when you make a mistake ordering. At first she is pleasant and helpful, but progressively gets an attitude. The third time attempting the same mistake and she shows an attitude and tells us to go over to the counter and get help. Technology…
It was a tiring blast! Thanks for praying. We are currently in Asheville, visiting our grandkids and their parents.