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I really don't even know how to describe what we saw and did today. We caught a train to Caen and then rented a car, driving up the coast of Normandy to follow Grandpa DeAngelis's WWII path. We stopped first at Omaha Beach, despite the fact that grandpa wasn't there, because of the historical and emotional significance. We walked through the museum, watched a short video, then walked around the memorial and the cemetery ...
... back in France. We had originally thought about renting a car and making a day trip out on our own. I quickly discovered that this would take too much time and we wouldn't really know where to go or what to see once we got to Normandy. We also had no desire to take another 'big bus' tour.
My web 'research' led me to a company called Overlord tours. They offered small, personalized tours. We would ...
... for help from some of the cute Royal Marines strolling around the base. They were obviously there to learn as we were, but they seemed much more apt to climb into small, ill-lit, cold places than we were. Before going into one of the bunkers, we asked a couple of the marines who were coming out, what we could expect in there:
Me: "So what's in there?"
Cute Marine: "Close your eyes."
Me: "What? Why?"
Cute Marine: "Because that's what's in there."
Me: "We have ...
... with roseettes next to them. The wall is similar to the one in Washington D.C. for all those lost in Vietnam; it emits the same feeling of overwhelming loss.
There are two structures beyond the burial area: a circular chapel and, at the far end, granite statues representing the United States and France. Haley and I went into the little chapel. It has flags hanging on either side of the alter, (something you don't see in any other ...
... sides had cameras ready? How did those camera men not get killed in all the chaos? It was pretty amazing.
After the film, we walked through the museum, beginning at the end of World War I with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. I recognized the picture because it was done in the Hall of Mirrors. Also, Eisenhower was in the picture at a big desk signing a fancy looking piece of paper.
It was at this picture that Haley and I became friends. ...