Hotel de la Fontaine
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Today was our big day, our personal guided tour of the World War 2 landings in Normandy. We were met by our guide Mathias, in the lobby at 9am. Once in his car he gave us a brief outline of the area we were about to visit and the part it had played in the war. First we visited the German Cemetery, quite a somber experience, it oozed very much the defeated. Head stones marked where the bodies lay, but most times there were 2 or even 3 bodies per site. Next we were taken to the ...
... and Suzanne shared stories, tender emotions surfaced amongst us all. A little visit to a wall in memoriam to the 29th division which had been erected in 1997 was followed by a visit at the farmhouse over pommeau (a combination of calvados and apple juice) and some sweet treats.
After a long day which had it's share of frustrations, yet also some humorous moments, we finished off the evening with a picnic supper at Suzanne's.
Stayed at the Ibis budget hotel in Caen next to the Campanile which is where we ate in the evening. Not sure I would stay at the Ibis again even though it's a fair bit cheaper then the Campanile. It was clean but a little cramped and not having a reception attended all the time can be a bit of a pain.
... Juno, and Sword. The invasion would be the single largest amphibious operation in history with the primary objective to make a lodgment in the city of Caen and later Cherbourg. The Invasion of Normandy would be the first time since 1688 that an army had crossed the English Channel. The majority of troops who landed on the D-Day beaches were from the United Kingdom, Canada and the US. However, troops from many other countries participated in D-Day and the Battle ...
... thing I always wondered about is how all the monuments and art in Europe survived all the bombings during the war. Well, I saw pictures from Paris of how they put sandbags completely around some of the monuments. And I read about how all of the art from the museums was moved out into the country where it would be safe. I’m very glad because the world is a much better place with all of that art in it.