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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 ...
... Klein, a German prisoner that helped bury the German dead wrote, "At a time like this, when human life has completely lost its value, we must still preserve the individual identities of the victims. It is however, strange or absurd as it may sound - like the proof of our humanity." (Bob, hardy soul he is, walked to the British cemetery. The Brits buried all of their fallen soldiers in Normandy - none were allowed to be shipped home. The graves were marked as at the US cemetery, ...
... Nose) that was very strategically important during WWII. Then down to the beach where Anna had a swim. We drove on to Calais and filled up with diesel and LPG before waiting at the port for our ferry crossing to Dover at 12.30am. They put us on an earlier sailing which was a first and good to not have to wait so long. Everyone is looking forward to going back to England for the food and being able to speak English again, but will miss the ease and friendliness of travelling in a ...
... the block twice. Now finding printouts. I've now named the GPS unit "Blondie", because it doesn't have a clue. Anyway, after a year I can probably drive this in my sleep. Time for my bucket list days. Our first stop on my Normandy tour is Pegasus Bridge. This was taken by British paratroopers in the early morning hours of D-Day. It was a very cool stop with the original bridge, and all kinds of military *********** display. I started asking Donna as soon as we left the car if ...
... 8211; “she keeps talking until she thinks of something to say”. While very true – her inane questioning did extract additional interesting information from Magelic.) We hopped in the van and started our tour. Driving to the first stop I immediately got the impression that there are very few roads in the area and most of those are narrow and two lanes. Huge fields with flowers (for oil or synthetics), hedgerows, and buildings with ...