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About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne

Music Monday . . . Nina Simone . . . . Brown Baby

Nina Simone was an American song writer, pianist, arranger, and Civil Rights activist. She was classically trained at Julliard School of Music and was an accomplished  in classical , jazz, blues, folk, R&B and pop. Nina lived from 1933 -2003 … Continue reading

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D-Day Conneaut, Ohio

If you love history and want to learn more about this definitive battle of  WWII, I strongly recommend a visit.  In fact, we are going for our second year.  My friend Eric Montgomery, who was so  helpful in my journey … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Day in the Life of An Old Paratrooper

Here are Eric Labourdette’s  own words about his jump into La Friere Bridge zone in June 2017.   https://talesalongtheway.com/2017/08/11/eric-labourette-guide-extraordinaire/ ” I wanted to jump to honor and remember the sacrifice of all those paratroopers who gave their lives  for our freedom. … Continue reading

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La Fiere Bridge

Our paratroopers had many challenges when they jumped early in the morning of June 6th beside the darkness, fog, and inclement weather.  The Germans had invaded France several years before so were familiar with the the ancient hedgerows which were … Continue reading

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My Number One Favorite Rock Song–Music Monday

I love rock ‘n’roll!  Well you might say that is because that was the time  I was in high school and college.  And you would be right to some degree.   Funny thing is that I was much more into … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday from Buca Di Beppo’s

Katie and Henry have  birthdays in August and today seemed the perfect opportunity to celebrate .  At the last minute Chris and his family were unable to join us and we missed them  but  a good time was had by … Continue reading

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Eric Labourette, Guide Extraordinaire

Our sightseeing days in Normandy were Saturday and Sunday which made it possible to have Eric Labourdette available to  be our guide.  On our visit  in 1999 , we had no guide.  All we saw was St-Mere-Eglise , the Airborne … Continue reading

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