26 July 2016 : France Geography Lesson

We are all profoundly saddened by the attack in Normandy today inside of a church. Melinda and I were just trying to make sense of it but it is so hard to do. To call it senseless, while in so many ways seems true, is to perpetuate misunderstanding and, perhaps, contribute to the continuation of violence. To find a way for these kinds of acts to make sense feels crass and almost sounds like a condoning. It’s so hard.

Given Melinda and I are in France and have recently returned to Nantes from Normandy, I thought it might be of interest to place ourselves on a map. I’m guessing that at the very least our families in Seattle will find this interesting.

You'll locate Nantes in the lower left. I've marked it with a red pin. The other red pin above and to the right is Auvillars in Normandy, the location of Bernard's parent's house.

You’ll locate Nantes in the lower left. I’ve marked it with a red pin. The other red pin above and to the right is Auvillars in Normandy, the location of Bernard’s parent’s house.

So I enlarged this map to zero in more on where we stayed and visited in Normandy. Auvillars is the red pin on the left. And Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, where today's attack took place, is the pin on the right. You'll also see Honfleur and Deauville, places we visited last week. When Bernard drove us to Paris last week, it was along the A13.

So I enlarged this map to zero in more on where we stayed and visited in Normandy. Auvillars is the red pin on the left. And Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, where today’s attack took place, is the pin on the right. You’ll also see Honfleur and Deauville, places we visited last week. When Bernard drove us to Paris last week, it was along the A13.

On a more upbeat note, here is Melinda in our living room just a few minutes ago. We are creating a debrief document of this year's trip and she is being the scribe.

On a more upbeat note, here is Melinda in our living room just a few minutes ago. We are creating a debrief document of this year’s trip and she is being the scribe.

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