Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Reflections Upon France

          At each final dinner on a Bond Tour, Mr. Bond invites anyone who wants to say something to stand and speak.  I wrote a short speech down that afternoon, reflecting upon our adventures we had, and things we learned.  Thus, here below is my speech as written, with some pictures to illustrate.

Bond Tour Speech

          Good evening, friends. I had to write down what I am planning on saying or else I'll forget it all. Nerves, you know. So here goes:

 "Mr. Bond, Ladies and Gentlemen, my friends. 

          "I speak to you now at the end of our time together, reflecting upon how quickly the time has gone, and yet how much we have experienced as a group during the past ten days.

          "We have explored many historical sites; we have been sobered by the loss of life during both World Wars; and yet we, I, have been encouraged by the reminders everywhere of the hope, freedom and peace of the Gospel, recognizing our death-bringing sinfulness but also the wonderful glory of eternal life to come for those who trust in Christ.

          "My most memorable places visited this tour included Vimy Ridge, where Canada proved herself as a valiant nation under fire over 100 years ago; and walking amongst the myriads of German crosses at St Vaast, reflecting upon the horrific death of so, so many young men on both sides of war. I also look fondly upon the memories made with a wide group of new friends, whether down in the dark Wellington Quarry, or high up the windy Eiffel Tower; and of course being encouraged by Mrs Bond to dance along the river Seine - something which I never thought I would do, but will remember forever.

          "Thank you Mr. Bond for the wealth of information you have taught me. Thank you Mrs. Bond for the work you put into helping plan the accommodations - both for food and rest. Thank you Luuk for your driving of the coach and the many places you suggested we visit. And thank you to every person seated here - every Bond Tour is unique not least because of all the people who make it so.

          "I wish safe travels to everyone and may the blessing of God our Father, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit go with you as you travel home.

"Thank you."

Paris - As seen from the Eiffel Tower
Exploring Paris with friends

Inside John Calvin's parish church

Arromanches - Seaside town in Normandy

Arromanches - Mulberry Harbour sections from WWII rise from the sand

La Cambe - WWII German Cemetery

At the Vimy Ridge Memorial

Thiepval - British & French WWI Memorial and Cemetary

Sunset over the English Channel

My two brothers and sister along with only a 
few of our wonderful friends at the final dinner.

It was truly an amazing adventure, shared with wonderful friends. I shall always remember fondly the fellowship, food, and fun shared with my older and younger brothers and sisters in Christ.

Written and Posted by William A. Moore


  1. William, what beautiful words in your speech, and what an amazing experience the whole trip surely was. You'll definitely never forget it, and how wonderful to have been able to share it with your family. Table talks for many years to come, me thinks :)
    Anne x

    1. Thank you, Mrs. Morrison.
      Every time I travel with Mr. Bond and friends and family is better than the last.

      True, I'll never forget it.

      William (x) :-)


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