Grand Hotel du Luxembourg
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Today we had a bit of a lay in coz we can coz we are on holidays;-) We headed into the large metropolis of Bayeux to do some grocery and wine shopping and I was so surprised to find the wine we had at my end of 39th year birthday dinner at this little posh French restaurant in the Emporium in the Valley however that was in 2007 and it cost my darling husband $72.00 at the time, yesterday it cost €9. I think I have found my drink for France as it is ...
... either . We eventually made it to our B&B a quaint place with the youngest part 200 years old run by a wheelchair bound ex lieutenant-colonel and his wife, both Poms. We were running a bit behind schedule & after a cuppa and a long chat we only had time for the tapestry all 70 meters of it driven by a warp speed audio guide . A quick pre dinner and ok meal at number 14 and a quick 20 min walk back to our B&B . Mine host is a bit Basil F awltyish , ...
... by about a mile. Juno was the second worst landing sector with about 2,000 casualties for the Canadians. The Gold and Sword followed after that with a couple thousand casualties combined from the British sectors. All in all, around 150,000 troops landed on this coast on June 6, D-Day.
The tour began at a place called “Pont du Hoc”, which is actually a point on a section of cliffs between the Utah and Omaha Beaches. This area of the coast was incredible to see ...
... before the anniversary (and 30 days before we leave Europe), we set out on a battlefield tour to see the beaches and other important locations of the battle for ourselves.
We decided to do a full-day tour with Overlord Tours, and while they were pretty expensive, it was worth it. We went to a ton of different sites scattered across the various beaches and battlefield areas, and Alain, our tour guide, was fantastic.
... from and they said "Omak" to which we responded "We're from Grand Coulee". She then said "Do you know Peggy Portch?" Well, yes, she's our neighbor and one of the first people we met when coming to Grand Coulee! The woman we were just meeting (Karen) is first cousin to Peggy and Karen actually grew up in Grand Coulee.
It turns out that Karen and her husband, Butch, were on a similar trip to ours, finishing up their Europe vacation ...