St. Martin Hotel
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- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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Today, Josh and I took a 3 hour journey, by train and bus, to visit Normandy.
Obviously today was a bit more sombre than previous days of our Paris holiday. We both really wanted to see Normandy, and it was definitely worth the long trip.
We expected to see Canadian memorials at Juno beach, but what really caught us off guard was driving by just regular city parks, and seeing Canadian flags flying ...
... it's very flat through the woods and aft a while we break into open countryside which is very open and shows off some nice French countryside. Lunch is a big disappointing, we take sandwiches but we have a bit of a mutiny in our camp and no one can be persuaded to go into the town so all we do is sit in the drizzle next to a road junction, at least there is a bench. After our lunch Richard and I do though go to pay our respects in the cemetery ...
... that were used to make it, and the dangers that have almost happened to it. We learned that the cloth was once used to cover a cart that was making its way down to Paris during the Revolution!
There were dozens of school kids there, so I'm not the only adult who thinks it is an important artifact to see! My kids did tell me that although they weren't looking forward to it, they found it "interesting". What a ringing endorsement! ...
... the Cross Country.
The Australian Team that comprised of Paul, Sam Shane & Chris Burton, were sitting 3rd in the team rankings before the final horse inspection and showjumping that was to be held at the Main Stadium in Caen the following day.
The saddest thing to report today is that unfortunately Harry Meade, from the Great Britain team lost his horse Wild Lone. He had completed his cross country phase and was in the cool ...
... its Mulberry artificial port (partially still visible) which was a major developement in enabling the liberation of Europe (getting 2.5 million personnel in to Europe in 3 months). There are all manner of remnants of the war there. Interestingly, the French are still very grateful for the liberation - signs and allied forces flags everywhere. We had dinner there which was really good food and we sampled calvados - a specialty here ...