Caen France District Dissolved

Spending 7 months as part of the Rouen Branch meant that, in a way, they become our family, and the Caen District, which covered all of Normandy, became our extended family. Our last week in “France” was actually spent with the District at the Temple in Frankfurt. We knew that District Conference was this last weekend, and we were a little disappointed to come home just before it, but I was very surprised to receive this email:

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Obliterate” Your Ticket — Photo 62 — Project 365

“Obliterate” Your Ticket — Photo 62 — Project 365
Speaking French, one of the things I have to pay particular attention to are faux amis — literally false friends. These are French words that sound like an English word, but don’t mean the same thing as the English word in question. In general, their existence just makes me pay more attention to French words and their meanings. And then sometimes you come across a ‘fake-English’ word used in such a way to be hilarious. This is one of those times. This photo was taken on a bus in St. Malo — “Obliterate Your Tickets Please!”

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Walking Shoes — Photo 60 — Project 365

Walking Shoes — Photo 60 — Project 365
Having a camera means it sometimes gets used because it’s what I have handy. In this case, I was prepping to replace my shoes. But I also like how the picture turned out with the simple background and the flash fade-off in the corners.

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Fly on the Window — Photo 59 — Project 365

Fly on the Window — Photo 59 — Project 365
Insects can be fun to photograph because you see something up close that is usually too small to inspect. The problem I discovered was the depth of field was so shallow (with half of the bug in focus and the other not) that I found it nearly impossible to focus with the camera in hand. But I thought it made a pretty cool photo anyway.

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Ainsi le Retour Victorieux de Nos Cousins Canadiens — Photo 58 — Project 365

Ainsi le Retour Victorieux de Nos Cousins Canadiens — Photo 58 — Project 365
The Second World War marked France profoundly as many of the battles took place here. Not wanting to forget the sacrifice of so many, little signs commemorating those fallen dot France. (Next time you’re in Paris, if you look for them; you’ll probably see several). In this vain, there are a number of plaques memorializing the failed ‘Operation Jubilee’ that brought nearly 6000 Canadian troops to Dieppe of which only half would return at the end of the day to Britain. That said, several have claimed that the D-Day Landings in Normandy two years later succeed in large part because of the lessons learned at Dieppe.

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Reflections on France, Three Months In

So it’s been a little over four months since I arrived here in France. I’m working, but only what I’d typically consider about 1/3 of “full time” and so I’ve had lots of time to unwind and just enjoy myself. Bring newly wed, I’ve also affectionately referee to this time as a “honeymoon” too. That said, there’s a few things that stand out in my mind.

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Front Steps — Photo 56 — Project 365

Front Steps — Photo 56 — Project 365
These crumbling steps were once the front door to a splendid building, dreamed up as a vacation resort for the working class. Things didn’t quite work out that way, with the building used as a hospital during the First World War and being blown up during the Second. Now, only the stairs remain as a lonely testament to that dream.

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Row Houses — Photo 55 — Project 365

Row Houses — Photo 55 — Project 365
Perfect row housing. This is relatively rare in France, where most housing is built around an historic courtyard, rather than parallel to the street. I took this picture because I love the effect of the straight lines and their slight disorienting ability.

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