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... the cemetery or the beach below. The cemetery, if such a thing is possible, is a beautiful place. The lawn is immaculate as you would expect it to be and each grave marker appears so brilliantly white it would seem the marble is regularly polished.
There are so many of them. And all so young. Many of the markers have no name at all and simply read " Here rests in honored glory a comrade ...
... first, but finding my balance with the suitcase on my back. Francois followed me in his truck down the road a ways to make sure I was all right, shouted he would see me on Monday morning, gave me a thumbs up, and sped ahead.
It was a cold, crisp fall day, a bit of a sharp wind, colors like a Van Gogh painting: trees with black trunks, orange leaves, green grass, and blue skies. The bike, ...
... Bayeux Tapestry. I first heard about this when I was at primary school which was erm, erm, a couple of years ago!!
It is about 70 metres long and tells the story of the events leading up to the Norman Invasion of England and especially the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Both the English and the French claim to have constructed the tapestry, depending on what side of the English Channel you live on!
... and Memorial in Garches where
9,387 American military personal are buried. During the War fallen soldiers were buried in the fields and towns where they died. It wasn't until decades later that many of these bodies were located and identified. Families had the choice to bring them home or bury them in Normandy. Remains are still being found and identified by DNA and buried in this cemetery.
The day ended with ...
... used. The museum most interesting for us, however, was out on the beach itself, where you can still see many of the massive concrete and steel structures used for the port.
During our day in Arromanches, we met a really nice Dutch couple from near Amsterdam and chatted with them for a while about the War, our travels and various other topics. Very nice folks. We also met a wonderful local as we were ...