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I have now left Courseulles-sur-Mer after a wonderful 4 weeks. I walked to work with my luggage and said my goodbyes. I got a ride to the bus stop and headed to Caen. I had 15 minutes to make my train to Paris, but naturally there was a laundry truck in the middle of the road about a minute away from the station and my bus arrived 4 minutes before my train. I ...
... at the grocery store down the street from the hotel.So i was ready if i got hungry.
At the Caen train station I was met with other Normandy travelers, my name on a big sign. Our guide was Patrice and my other travelers were a couple from Arizona, Kansas City and Brazil. A good mix. I also met a fellow Decatur, Illinois couple at the Caen Memorial.
As we arrived at the Caen Memorial I saw my second rainbow! As you will remember I saw ...
... and guest speakers. One of the most touching parts of the ceremony was when they interviewed each of the soldiers, briefly. They forgot one soldier, which everyone quickly pointed out. A group of children come out from backstage and tell him, personally, thank-you. This then slowly transitioned into a song called "Imagine" by John Lennon, sang by someone else. During the song, everyone held up their lighters/phone lights ...
... my way around Caen. (I love French towns because they are so tiny!) After my triumphant return to civilization, I needed something to eat. I saw all these French people with a baguette sandwich. So I found the nearest one and pointed, waved money, and attempted French. I actually had no idea what I was getting except Jambon ando beurre. I knew Jambon was ham and I was hoping beurre was not gross. Turns out, it was heaven. I walked around eating my beautiful ...
... rain) and given a detailed discussion of the intricacies and effectiveness of German Army defensive tactics against advancing Americans in hedgerow country. These are not the hedges you might jump over from your yard to your neighbors yard – these are piled stones and untrimmed trees separating small fields sometimes with sunken roads in between. Each of these formed an instant fortification where a small number of Germans ...