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... train and the next one doesn't leave for another hour, so now I am enjoying a boxed sandwich and a beer. I guess balancing all the eggs yesterday helped me out. I managed to carry my bag, wheel my suitcase and manoeuvre the food tray with only one near spill. Unfortunately missing the train means I have an hour less to travel around Paris, but that's the way things ...
... is the monument to the missing, those that were never found. An interesting statistic: 10 percent, the most, of all the missing come from Pennsylvania.
Our day was long, there is a lot more we saw, I enjoyed my time with my fellow travelers. The Arizona couple had rented an apt for a month in Paris - that is how I would like to see Paris next time! The Kansas City couple, knew a teacher from my high school who was retiring soon - gym ...
... new. It was weird to see Andrew driving a car in a different country. But they drive on the right side if the road over here so it's not too drastic a change. It's great to see him again and catch up about the last two weeks of our trip. First our driver takes us through Caen and first to the Longues-sur-mer gun batteries. These are the first WWII battlements on our tour today. In particular these are four separate bunker stations with large guns that look out ...
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Next was the west end of Omaha Beach, near the village of Vierville-sur-Mer. Eric parked his rig near some closed beach-type shops (looks like they’d open later in the summer season) and he treated us to another great lecture. We learned how the conditions on Omaha differ from those presented by Steven Spielberg in “Saving Pvt Ryan” and how very, very little went according to plan that ...
... and boys that died trying to push Hitler's ways on the French people and the world.
I know there are tons of details that I'm leaving out. I'll add them at the end of the trip.
Tomorrow we are going to Point du Hoc, the Underwater Wrecks Museum (if its open), the Paratrooper Museum at Saint Mere Eglise, and the Caen WW2 Museum. Then we're going to head towards Brussels, stopping over in Amiens, France to spend the night.