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Its our last day.Up at 5.30 We moved pitch last night, so we're on the main drive up to the chateau, so that we don't disturb anyone when we drive off.
Arrive at Ouistreham in good time and have our breakfast, while waiting in the ferry queue.
Its high tide and windy, so the ...
... heroism from both the troops and the locals. The Canadians played a massive part and it was they who finally freed the town by removing the last remaining Germans - 50 Hitler youth holed up in the girls' school.
One man was executed by the Germans for being a spy, his crime? Keeping homing pigeons which he could have used to communicate with the English!
It was fascinating and humbling to read the tragic tales and, as seems to be the way with ...
... in bands to make patterns. It seemed to break into jagged pieces though, not sure now they got it into blocks for the houses, though the blocks were smaller than even a modern glass brick, just little squares. So different, unusual. Anyway, took a few pictures in the twilight of the fishing boats on the pebbly foreshore, and we retired to our hotel, and comfortable beds and after the people next door stopped going in and out and upstairs to see their friends, slept like a ...
... were taking in all the small differences between Canada and rural France; street lights, crazy tiny cars, tiny 'front gardens' and all the interesting little streets. We stumbled literally into a tiny cemetery and convent. It was a beautiful collection flowers and sculptures placed on the array of memorials of a ...
... and streets near the beaches are still named after the units that fought there. We went to “360 Film – Normandy’s 100 days”, in a circular cinema which showed on 9 screens, unpublished archive footage retracing the 100days of the raging Battle of Normandy which ended when the Allies crossed the River Seine on August 19th, 1944. Paris was liberated on August 25 and Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945. The statistics are ...
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