Thursday, 2 July 2009

Back Again

It has been so long since I last posted and I have been sadly lacking in the 'leaving comments on other people's blogs' department too. I think we all have phases like this when life is just so busy and blogging comes way down the list.

One excuse is that we have been on holiday to France. Our first stop was at a the Mont Royal Chateau, Chantilly which was just wonderful. Our room was the top one on the left of the photo with a balcony.

We visited Chantilly Castle which had so many treasures to look at.
Did you know Chantilly lace is always black?

We also stayed with friends near Toulouse and relatives in Brittany. I did manage to do some buying, mostly linens but couldn't believe the high prices of everything - higher than we actually sell on the website! I was thrilled to find a monogrammed sheet with my initials 'RT'. But I shall have to completely redecorate the bedroom to match it!

On the way back to the ferry at Le Havre we visited Omaha beach, the museum and cemetery. Sadly we didn't have enough time and plan to revisit very soon. There are 9387 graves here, row upon row upon row of white crosses and stars of David. 3881 soldiers died at Omaha beach. Some graves had pebbles on them - does anyone know why? My guess is that each pebble represents a relative who has visited a particular grave.


  1. INCREDIBLE HOTEL - is that a pool in your room?????

    The stones, I believe it is a Jewish custom to place a stone on a grave you have visited.


  2. OH my goodness look at all the loveliness!
    Hope you had a wonderful time.

  3. A holiday in France sounds (and looks!) lovely!!
    That is a beautiful monogrammed sheet!!

  4. Sigh...what a wonderful place to stay. I'm so envious!

  5. Hi Ruth
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I know what you mean about the prices in France. It was tough to get a real bargain!
    Lizzie x

  6. Oh Ruth
    What a lovely holiday! Love the pictures. You must have come back feeling refreshed!
    Isabelle x

  7. Wow, what a fantastic hotel - I'm jealous!

  8. Such elegance... beautiful place.
    The placing of stones or pebbles is to symbolise the life of a loved one..
    My father landed on one of the Normandy beaches just before D Day. He was an officer in the Royal Signals and went over before the big invasion to lay the radio lines..

    Michele x

  9. That's some hotel! How lucky to discover the monogrammed sheet too. No I didn't know Chantilly lace was black. You learn so much from blogging. Like you, I just wish there was more time for it. It must have been moving to visit the graves. Nice to see they are well tended. x

  10. What a lovely place to visit for a holiday. We often talk about taking the van over to France and doing a little tour. Your pictures are great.
    Interesting about the lace.
    Is the beach you show at Le Harve?