The most beautiful model in France, Laetitia Casta, is from Normandy.
Aerial views of Normandy:
My distant ancestors were Vikings who conquered Normandy (“Northman-land”) in northern France.
Yours truly in 2004 at the Abby for Men (“L’Abbaye des Hommes”), built by William the Conqueror in Caen, Normandy
At Ã‰tretat in 2004, on the coast, facing the White Cliffs of Dover on the English side
The Normans, bored by peace, went on to conquer England in 1066 — and then conquered and settled Ireland in the 1160s.
Hugh de Nugent built this in County Westmeath; it needs some roof work now.
A relative, Count Laval Nugent, born in Ireland, became a field marshal of Austria and recipient of the highest Austrian medal for valor, the Maria Theresa Order. I bear a striking physical resemblance to him in eyes, head shape and nose.
Count Nugent’s castle in Croatia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubovac_Castle), bestowed upon him by the Austrian emperor Franz Josef after awarding him one of the highest Austrian medals for valor, the Knight’s Grand Cross of the Maria Theresa Order. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Order_of_Maria_Theresa
More photos of this castle: http://tinyurl.com/m3ngfzp
My father James fought at the Battle of Iwo Jima in WWII…. here commemorated in Arlington, Virginia
He was a captain in the Korean War, and finally reached lieutenant colonel.
The warrior is in our blood.
“This world is a place of conflict, and he who will not fight does not deserve to live.”