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Today, Josh and I took a 3 hour journey, by train and bus, to visit Normandy.
Obviously today was a bit more sombre than previous days of our Paris holiday. We both really wanted to see Normandy, and it was definitely worth the long trip.
We expected to see Canadian memorials at Juno beach, but what really caught us off guard was driving by just regular city parks, and seeing Canadian flags flying ...
... being read.
Outside the Visitor’s Center, there are paths to the beach and a sea of 10,000 white crosses where those who never made it back to the US are buried. It is immaculately manicured and as the rest of the surroundings, a very peaceful place that is in stark contrast to the reality of the summer of 1944.
Our next stop was Mont St Michel, which was a 1.5 hour drive south. It is a huge church, built on ...
... good but quite a few toll fees - I'm surprised at how many there are.
We arrived in Bayeux and enjoyed a delicious coffee and 'Normandie' apple cake. This looked pretty unappetising but we were not let down - it tasted great! I had heard that the Bayeux tapestry was worth a visit. Another historical masterpiece that we were delighted to see, in fact the more I think about it the more incredible it seems. Although I expected ...
... hotel, there are no elevators. As I went step by step lugging my suitcase to the third floor, a young guest grabbed Linda's suitcase and sprinted past me - as he came back down and I was still at the first landing, he didn,t offer to carry my suitcase. Can't bring the suitcase back down when we check out. Our first full day in Bayeux, we went to the Tapestry Museum - just across the street from the hotel. The tapestry that is on display is from 1070. It is 68m long and 50m wide. It ...
... Audio guides were included in the ticket price and explained it all. Then on to Arromanches back on the coast where an artificial harbour was created for the D-Day landings. We waited at the Aire for a few minutes and managed to get a space when someone left. We went for a walk up to cliffs overlooking the beach and town and then along the coast to the next beach and back again. Lots of tourists around, especially English and Dutch. There was a 100-year-old British veteran with all ...