Manoir du Carel
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... maintained. It overlooks Omaha beach and as the tide was out I got a better idea of what took place on 6 June 1944. It is obvious the Americans hold their war dead in such high esteem, the grounds are pristine and there is not a thing out of place. If you could call a graveyard beautiful, then this place is beautiful. Time for a pit stop back at our apple orchard again for the night before we head to Le Mont St Michel tomorrow. It was a wonderful ...
The trip from Le Havre to Omaha Beach took a couple of hours, we arrived around 11am this morning. It started out as a miserable wet day at Le Havre but the sun was out when we arrived here. Our first stop was the Omaha Beach museum but like everything else in France, it is closed for the winter. Took a couple of pics and headed for the beach. Wow, not what I expected. From everything I have seen on these landings, ...
... so the top horse went to the American horse, as all the riders went clear on him.
The Dutch rider did win, with France second and USA third. I was really quite impressed with the French crowd at the medals, as when the Gold medalist did his final lap of honour on his own, the crowd turned their flags on the side and made it a Netherlands flag!
Our final trip from Caen to Bayeux then starting our packing ready to get going tomorrow!
... ultimate sacrifice here in Normandy. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, the exhibits are tasteful, moving, and extremely impressive, and the monuments and cemetery itself is awe-inspiring. It began pouring rain while we were out on the lawn counting the rows and looking at the states where these boys were from – felt right to be in the rain when we were out there.
Next stop on the tour was a lookout on the far end of Omaha beach (3.5 miles from where we ...
... property! When we arrived we were all just in shock as to that reality, but even more so to learn that we were staying in an incredibly large house - a Château apart the main house.
We immediately toured the grounds to discover the highlights that will be the centre of our next few days here: a pool, a trampoline, a large field, a pingpong table, 2 donkeys, and 12 cats wandering about the property. Inside the house, we discovered that ...