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We were hungry when we arrived so of course, managed to find the patisserie for a chocolate croissant! So good!!!!!! We wandered around the gorgeous little town, bought a bottle of cider, and enjoyed it back at the van with some baguette and cheese. We stayed at a free Aire just down the road from the town. It was busy, we got almost the last ...
... to check on my bags, but what should I see...my baggage there with a hand written transfer tag! The plane may have been disturbingly old, I may have changed flights 3 diff times.. two of which wee in the space of 10 min. Or less, but the bags made it! Go American! So I set off tired but happy with all the other students to Caen to meet my family-who are by the way awesome!
But do you remember that I said I felt like the choice of a blog ...
... as the soldiers would have been. The memorial was semi circular, romanesque and contained, among other things full, painted drawings showing the invasion and all its elements, clearly and lushly detailed. Assault groups were identified in the drawing with their national flags, including the Canadian Third Infantry Division. An accurate historical account was written on the walls as well as an incredible quotation which spanned the inside of the semi circle ...
... sea shells and chasing after each other before we left to catch the bus.
I almost felt rude being on the beach and having fun instead of realizing the seriousness of the situation which made this beach famous in the first place. But, I think that all of the men and women who lost their lives on D Day would be glad knowing that their sacrifices created a better and happier world; a world where people could run around freely and be happy.
The sun came out, my shirt came off and I settled in for the afternoon.
Tonight I am at Maison Normandie – a modest hotel a block from the beach. I have a bathroom (with a sit down tub, as small as when I was in Rome) and a good size bed. No Air Con, but that’s okay tonight cuz it’s cool. Tomorrow I will hit the beach early, and take off back to Paris mid afternoon.
Tonight I had incredible fresh oysters ...