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A Very Happy 2017 to you all!

January 1st, 2015 by Roger in Uncategorized

Another year disappears with frightening speed. Where did it go?

At La Merveille we had a warm and largely successful summer and welcomed guests from many parts of the World. Even a few fellow English managed to escape their ravaged economy to pay respect to Miss Ronald and her Michelin-standard cooking! The French, bless them, have at last recognized that we are here to stay and they seem to be booking in ever increasing numbers.

The animal population grew when two delightful little goaties were engaged to demolish the weed jungle around the boulangerie. Mission accomplished the male decided that the swimming pool was now the place to be. Sadly goats are not good swimmers and the local goat population was reduced by exactly 50%.

Probably the most pleasing reaction from guests in 2014 was to the food. We took a risk and offered evening meals throughout the year and even to large groups. The menu combined the best of local produce with a few fond memories from Angleterre. Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes crossed the Channel to a chorus of approval. The Ronald Apple Crumble has already become a local legend.

For my business partner, Elise, 2014 was the year she chose to get married and probably the last time she can afford to spend so much time at La Merveille where she has always managed to raise my hopes and expectations. It took me four long frustrating years in France to find the perfect partner and helper – but it was well worth the wait.

In 2014 we welcomed many young helpers from all round the world. Once again we were delighted with the enthusiasm and energy that they brought with them helping us to provide a relaxing and enjoyable stay for all our paying guests.

There is an old saying that goes, “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.” I can do more than smile – I can look forward to the future with renewed optimism and a strong desire to make La Merveille simply the best Chambres d’hotes in Normandy.

A very Happy New Year to all those that have visited us in recent years – we hope that you will come again. To the rest of you – what on earth are you waiting for?!!!

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Colleville-sur-mer Where the brain can’t register what your eyes are trying to tell you.

December 30th, 2010 by Roger in Uncategorized

Most first time visitors to Normandy manage to take in at least some of the historical areas associated with the D-Day landings. I have been to many of the  WW2 sites that commemorate the actions of thousands of brave fighting men. When I reached the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer it became almost impossible to comprehend the scale of the madness that these guys were forced into  – where for many it would prove to be the final action of their young lives.

The visitor’s centre at the cemetery includes a short film depicting the life and death of just a few of those that remained behind when the fortunate few returned to their homeland to celebrate peace. The experience helps clear the mind of your own problems and petty grumbles. It is a deeply emotional experience and one that I shall never forget.

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 and the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II. The cemetery site, at the north end of its ½ mile access road, covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 of the military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. On the Walls of the Missing in a semicircular garden on the east side of the memorial are inscribed 1,557 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.

The memorial consists of a semicircular colonnade with a loggia at each end containing large maps and narratives of the military operations; at the center is the bronze statue, “Spirit of American Youth.” An orientation table overlooking the beach depicts the landings in Normandy. Facing west at the memorial, one sees in the foreground the reflecting pool; beyond is the burial area with a circular chapel and, at the far end, granite statues representing the U.S. and France.

It was a time when men were thrust into situations they could not really comprehend – when some soldiers drowned (or were shot) before they ever reached the Normandy shore.  As one D-Day fighter, an American named Albert Nervo, told a reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1965:

Your mind blanks out in times like that. Your brain can’t register what your eyes are trying to tell you.

 

 

The cemetery is open to the public daily except on December 25 and January 1. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 15 to September 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year.

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