Area residents invited to French sister city celebration

Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM.

Participants will stay with French host families, "including marvelous, home-cooked meals ... plus all the advantages of exploring Noirmoutier through the eyes of a native," the materials state. "You’ll see and experience wondrous things never mentioned in the guidebooks or seen on package tours!"

Participants must arrange their air travel to and from France; once they arrive in Nantes, the closest major city, the Noirmoutier Sister City Committee takes over and expenses are minimal. Accommodations and transportation are included in membership dues, currently $2 for students or $30 for a family.

An optional overnight excursion to Normandy is available at additional cost, currently estimated to be $160. Noirmoutrin historians will escort their Crestview friends to the gothic island monastery of Mont Saint Michel, the "Utah" and "Omaha" D-Day landing beaches, the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches, Pointe du Hoc, and the American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer.

Time permitting, an opportunity to view the famed Bayeux Tapestry, a nine-century old, 230-foot-long embroidery depicting the Norman conquest of England, will be included.

Want to go?

Anyone interested in the June 24-July 3 visit to Noirmoutier can attend an informational meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Crestview Public Library. The event is free, and the Crestview High School French Club will provide complimentary chocolate crêpes. Contact Pam or Joe Coffield, or 682-8437, for information.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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