We didn't spend all of our time at Dreux. There was plenty to do in Europe when we were there and with the exchange rate at 5 Francs and 4 German Marks to the dollar, your money went a long way. We took a number of family trips and I'll highlight a few memories below. I'll not bore you with a general travelogue as there are plenty of places to go for history, pictures and general information of the tourist sites. I'll try to relate some stories about trips that I took that were unique to the time that I was at Dreux (61-64) and may kindle a few memories for those that were stationed in France in those days.
Living in France afforded us all an opportunity to get a wonderful taste of French culture (taste is an appropriate description as the French cuisine is world renowned for a very good reason). While there were some Americans that seemed deathly afraid to take a step off the base, the vast majority of us enjoyed exploring all of the towns and villages around the base. Each town had its market day, where vendors would set up in the town square to sell fresh produce and sundry items. Of course, each town also had shops where you could get fresh bread, pastries, meat, etc. We had the good fortune to meet quite a few French families and considered the many invitations that we received to their homes to make our stay in France all that more special. I'll also include some pictures of some of the French friends we met in the local area. Maybe one of them will stumble on the website and we can reconnect after all of these years.
Here are a few pictures from the local area. (Remember to click on pictures to see larger size)