As a student of history, I always find it ironic that France plays such an important role in the founding of our nation. We started by being sworn enemies during the French and Indian Wars, where ironically, our first President and Revolutionary War general George Washington cut his teeth (they weren’t wooden yet) in battle, while fighting FOR the British. Then when our war for independence from the British was all but lost, Lafayette came sailing in, with a huge contingent of war ships and soldiers to turn the tide to victory.
Some would also say that the British were just sick of trying to keep the colonists happy, and were looking for an excuse to end the war…but the Lafayette story is so much cooler…and ended up being the impetus for us saving France from the Germans (twice), during the two world wars. Enemies, bedfellows, and money make for strange allies. The history of the Middle East would bear that out today.
But as it turns out, our celebration of liberty and freedom this 4th of July actually started with chance to board and inspect the amazingly gorgeous Hermione, a hand-built replica of the battle frigate that brought Lafayette to our rescue. (Details can be found here).
Before we start our travelogue…I want to warn everyone that recent studies about viewing pictures of other people’s vacations leads to depression. I don’t agree…and this isn’t FaceBook…and I will reveal how were were able to pull this off as we go. AirB&R is a GREAT resource!