Chateau du Baffy
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... I also grabbed a little bottle of French Champagne to cheers my birthday friends. After shopping we headed to Longues Sur Mer which is where the 4 big guns are left from the Normandie landings, part of the Atlantic Wall built by Hitler as a last line of defence against the Allies. Quite a sight to behold. Next we headed to Colleville where the American Cemetery is located. What a sombre time. There are just over 9,000 graves at this site and it ...
... and supplies from ship to shore, an amazing feat given the circumstances and timeframe. Unfortunately the weather was really not on our side today and it started to rain, so we jumped back in Fifi and sought out the nearest camping place and tonight we live like kings and queens, we have showers, toilets, electricity and wifi. Doesn't get better than that. Tomorrow we are headed for Utah Beach so will post more from ...
... eighty monks weren't much for decor. When we completed the tour, we faced the long trek down the stairs and the cobble stone path. Mont St Michel is certainly worth the visit, we were glad that we came, but the outward appearance is much grander than the interior tour. This completes our planned tours. Today (Tuesday) we hope to have better luck in finding our seats on the train heading back to Paris where we will spend the night before flying home tomorrow. It has been a fun and educational ...
... official language of the courts, the legal system and the church. Anglo-Saxon was still spoken widely by the working classes, but it borrowed heavily from French in terms of vocabulary, which explains why our language today has so many cognates with French.
Why am I telling you all this? Because today we had the privilege of viewing the Bayeux Tapestry - a 230 foot-long embroidered cloth created ...
... and mishaps happen in battle and many happened in this invasion. From not calculating the current so the troops landed miles from their expected destination, bombers missing targets, navy ships pinning down troops on the beach to friendly fire incidents. You can never sure whether its overzealous commanders, poor strategy or just bad luck – but you do know for sure that numerous soldiers’ deaths could be avoided. Another example of a ...