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Today we ventured about an hour and a half southwest to the majestic Mont St-Michel. On this gray and overcast day, we were inspired by the site of the abbey rising up through the fog as we approached. The abbey has been an important pilgrimage center since A.D. 708 and a favorite site for French royalty through the ages. The town sits on an island surrounded by The English Channel. The tide sends the ...
Today we walked Omaha Beach and got a good visual on the magnitude of the D-Day invasion. On June 6, 1944 the Allies finally gained a foothold in France and doomed Nazi Europe to failure. We then drove to the deeply moving Normandy American Cemetery where 9,387 American soldiers lie under simple, but beautiful marble crosses or Stars of David. The Garden of the Missing features the names of 1,557 soldiers who went missing ...
... over to pick up our rental car and headed to the WWII Museum in Caen. The museum does a wonderful job of chronicling events leading up to the war from the end of WWI through the Invasion of Normandy, the end of the war and the liberation. My Dad fought in the Pacific--makes me wonder about the horrors that he must have lived through. When we exited the museum about 3 pm, we drove about ...
A pretty quiet day today.
We woke to heavy rain with cloud cover making it seem like it may rain all day :-)
The good news was that we bought brekky cereal last night and so we had my favourite of Jordan's muesli. With no Weetbix to be found, I discovered that Jordan's was the next best things when we were in France in 2011.
Sandy plotted a course to Rouen that took us through a few small villages and avoided the busy rain ...
En route to our ferry, we needed to do two things:
1. Buy wine
2. Visit Honfleur.
Leclerk's had been flagged up to us as being " as good as Majestic in Calais" so we sought out and found a branch in Honfleur thus killing two birds with one stone.
Only Leclerk's wasn't really as good for wine as we'd hoped. Apart from purchasing a 10 - yes ten - litre box of Merlot for ...