Normandy and the D-Day Beaches
Trip Start Aug 01, 2005
19Trip End Oct 04, 2005
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Mèmorial de Caen
D-Day Beach Tour
We came to Caen, France solely to tour the D-Day beaches of Normandy. However, the beauty of France's countryside and architecture continued to astonish us here in the north. While being the perfect launching point for the beaches, WWII cemeteries and memorials, Caen also happens to hold the castle and final resting place of William the Conquerer.
We spent the day visiting the Mèmorial de Caen...and I do mean the day
The actual tour of the beaches is better left described by the pictures and videos. However, I will highlight a couple of interesting things about the tour. Our tour group consisted of five other Americans (one of them was a Wheaton graduate). There were two older couples and both of the men had served in the war (neither had been involved in D-Day). It was a privilege to learn about their military experience and compare it to my own.
The tour took us to the Gold and Omaha beaches as well as several other places of key importance on D-Day. I'll let the visuals (with captions) tell the rest.
After the tour, we hopped on a train for Paris: the last stop on our trip.
Until next time...Au Revoir