Friday, April 24, 2015

Brussels


The men had a full day of meetings in Brussels at the EU, so I had the day to look around! I did some walking by the hotel. 

Husband saw this neat modern building which incorporated old window frames on its glass face.
A strawberry crepe seemed like a great idea for breakfast, and it WAS! 
I cabbed it to a nearby shopping area. Lovely old buildings and cobbled streets.

I can't resist ornate doors and old churches.



Beautiful food. I did not try any of these, but I did have an afternoon snack of these:

I found an antique store. O Happy Day! Bought a few carefully selected small things to bring back.

I plan to make some kind of necklace with my antique Brussels buttons.
The bread is just stacked in a carrier like this and people grab one and carry it out after buying it. I saw one lady put her groceries in the hatch back of her car and throw her bread in afterwards. No wrapping and they all seem fine. Take note USA.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Paris TTIP


Saw this crazy car on a rainy Paris morning when we got to the office where husband was to speak on an international trade issues panel.
Prepping with David G.and polishing presentation.


A farmer's perspective on international trade issues.
Eight speakers and moderator. 
After the Q and A finished around 6, we gathered our luggage and headed to Brussels where the men had more meetings the next day.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Paris Morning

The next morning, we packed our bags and headed to meetings. 
First we went to the American Embassy and met with USDA foreign Ag Service officers.

 Doug, David S. (FAS officer) and Woody
After the meeting we walked to the Talleyrand building for a quick tour. This is the building that Marshall used.



View from the Talleyrand. This is the square where the French Revolution beheadings were.
A cool pink Paris cycle we walked by.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Paris

We pulled into Paris in the evening and enjoyed the historical buildings as we drove to our hotel. Our great driver Frank did a drive-by of the Eiffel Tower and also took us through the tunnel where Princess Diana died.









Supper with the guys a block from the hotel. Husband, Woody, Doug David was prepping for meetings the next day.

 These types of roofs with the chimneys reminded us of Mary Poppins.

Sainte Mere Eglise

After our tour of the cheese co-op, we bought lunch at a bakery in the small town of St. Marie Eglise. This was the first town liberated by the Americans after D-day. We ate in the sunny towne square near the famous church where a paratrooper was caught and hung for hours, feigning death, before the Germans cut him down. This story was told in the movie "The Longest Day."




This stained glass window shows St. Michael along with the insignia of the various Allied units that fought near the village in WW II.

We had a quick look through the airborne museum before leaving for Paris, where we had meetings the next day.