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We set off this morning for Rouen, a real city just down the Seine River (but north of our timeshare about 20 miles). Rouen is divided by the river where the south side is mostly industrial and the north side is the old historic part of the city. Much of the south side was a big bulls-eye for the allied bombers in WWII. The north side was largely spared but did have some damage. ...
This morning we slept in as there was no rush. We didn't get out the door until after 11a.m., but our drive was short. Our first stop of the day was the little town of Les Andelys and Chateau Gaillard. Chateau Gaillard is really a castle, not a French chateau, built by King Richard (the Lion Heart) in the late 1100's. It is pretty much of a ruin now, but it ...
... taking care of parking ticket fines. Interesting!
With the reformed offender back behind the wheel, we headed off to the beaches to show Dayna a few of the D-Day sites including the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach and the battle site at Pointe du Hoc. Both I had seen yesterday, but today was a mostly sunny day as opposed to yesterday, which was rainy and windy.
On our way back to town, we stopped at a cider farm and ...
... I, then, navigated Dayna to Utah Beach which was the beach where Americans landed nearly unopposed (compared to bloody Omaha). I'm glad I saw that because my tour won't go to that beach; plus, since we live in Utah, it has special meaning.
Our last stop was the town of Bayeux. It was the first real town that the allies captured and it is the "headquarters" ...
... of the many Cezannes, Renoirs and Gaugins - plus his own paintings - hanging in the same spot as CM apparently had them. Even the garden is somewhat of a museum - a restoration of an icon rather than anything particularly gob-smacking or innovative. All that said, it's everything I had expected & hoped for - and so very satisfied to have experienced ...