On to Caen
Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
13Trip End Aug 17, 2009
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We headed in the direction of the American Cemetery, checking out quickly the views of the Mulberry Harbours and then onto La Cambe. What a different feeling we had there as compared to Beny Sur Mer! A very sombre place. The headstone layout and memorial in the middle is very unique, and fits the dark feeling of cemetery. At the cemeteries, John and I tended to separate and roam about on our own. At one point he spotted something he wanted me to see, so finally managed to get my attention with a big arm wave
We made it to the American Cemetery not long afterward and met up with our group. The museum leading into the Cemetery was very impressive, including artifacts, a film about the cemetery and another film about the Overlord campaign. Most memorable to me was seeing a Medal of Honor in person. What struck John and I was (again) the sharp contrast between this cemetery and La Cambe. You can easily tell who won and who was defeated.
We spent a few hours here, roaming amongst the headstones, looking out over the cliffs at the beaches. Then is was time to say goodbye to our new friends and move on. For some reason, we thought we would head to Bayeux first, as it was a town we really wanted to spend some time in. No luck getting a room there, so we decided to move onto Caen, and to head back to Bayeux the next day to visit the town. We grabbed a quick baguette and fanta soda in Bayeux for lunch. No time to eat at that moment. So, finally we got a room just off the highway at an Ibis. Loved that room! Very modern with A/C and Internet, and sooo quiet! We decided to make this our base for the next three nights and finish in the area.
We freshened up and drove into the center of Caen
We finished the day with exploring the Chateau Ducal and taking in some of the places around the chateau. Not much "original" architecture left as Caen was bombed heavily in '44. In fact, the outskirts reminded me parts of home...all modern housing, quite a change from sites earlier that week.