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Today, Josh and I took a 3 hour journey, by train and bus, to visit Normandy.
Obviously today was a bit more sombre than previous days of our Paris holiday. We both really wanted to see Normandy, and it was definitely worth the long trip.
We expected to see Canadian memorials at Juno beach, but what really caught us off guard was driving by just regular city parks, and seeing Canadian flags flying ...
... a know-it-all. I grant that there is some merit to this suggestion, but on the topic of D-Day, there is none. I had a crash course in the D-Day landing and its significance by way of documentary video supplied by my much better informed bro-in-lo, Phil.
I watched, horrified and entranced, as men, Allies in this case, once again launched themselves virtually blindly into the jaws of war. Especially the Americans who suffered the ...
... another village on the Normand coast which offers historical interpretations of the D-Day invasion. We saw the 360 degree movie, "The Hundred Days of Normandy". Let me tell ya folks, I've seen a lot of the footage and films on the D-Day invasion, and even the movie "Saving Private Ryan" didn't bring me to the emotional melt-down that I experienced after viewing this 20-30 minute film. I guess it just presented it in such a manner that really made ...
... but Gwen did a great job describing the invasion and showing us the German bunkers in the hill. There is a nice point at this beach where the germans occupied a bunker and could clearly see the thousands of americans heading for the beach on June 6, 1944. The entire day was quite impressive and educational. In addition to the D-Day Invasion, we also learned about the local yellow flower, the Canola Flower, used to make Canola Oil. Very pretty and a ...
I small prize for the quote, which is there to fill space while our intrepid travellers battle for wifi access. So still no photos I'm afraid.
We have picked up all the messages from family and friends and will relay the messages at breakfast tomorrow so don't be discouraged from posting comments.
Today the group visited a market in the ...