Ibis Le Havre Centre
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... at the Normandy American Cemetery. Over 9000 American soldiers are buried here. The white crosses stand out on the beautifully manicured grounds.
Our final stop was Omaha Beach, the last of the Normandy beaches. Over 40,000 men came ashore here and nearly a quarter of them lost their lives. Looking at the beach, we wondered how any of the men survived. The only chance they had was to make it across the long beach all ...
... and the mountains of sea food and the live crabs! If we weren't on our bikes I would have brought some vegetables as they all looked so fresh and delicious. We even saw Zespri kiwifruit for sale on one stall so we let the stall owner know we were from New Zealand. Tomorrow we are heading towards Omaha Beach further into ...
... of the German bunkers. We could see where the Allies had tried to damage them, but the shells just made small dings in the thick (at least 12 to 18 inches) cement walls.
Our final stop was the Bayeux War Cemetery of the British Commonwealth. We saw graves of British and Canadian soldiers. It was moving to see the graves of husbands, fathers and sons.
After a long day we returned to the hotel for supper and sleep. ...
... of the sacrifices made there. We continued the drive along the sea to Pointe du Hoc, where American Rangers scaled the cliff and took possession of the German batteries and guns there. They, like those on Omaha, also took heavy losses. In total about 50,000 Allied forces, and 17,000 French civilians lost their lives as a result of the Normandy invasion. There was even a toll on the livestock – it is estimated that 15,000 cows ...
So on my way out of the hotel I ran into Sebastien.
We headed off toward the town square, there were a lot of old buildings mixed with newer buildings.
The town square had a park with a garden and a little art exposition with fountains and artwork and sculptures.
We sat in the grass for a long time. Just sitting, watching, listening, to everything around us. It was so peaceful and as I watched all the people pass by, ...