Trav and Kiyomi Europe 2006 travel blog

Yes, I dressed the part

Statue and the Juno Beach Center

German bunk, part of the Atlantic wall

Us at Juno beach, on the center roof

Juno beach statue

Each with a different expression (crying)

On the roof of the centre where a Tim Horton's might be...

William the Conquerer's castle in Caen

Old buildings in town

Caen is the capitol of Normandy, France, and a good home base for seeing the D-day beaches. Turns out its a nice town in itself with a 1000 year history stretching back to William the Bastard(who bacame the Conquerer) as well as Jeanne d'Arc. We only spent a few hours in Caen the evening we got there. We had a great hotel right across from the train station and beside the bus station for the busses to the beaches.

Kiyomi studied so much military history that she had to see at least one battlefield in Europe, so we went to Juno beach and the Juno Beach Center in Courseilles-sur-mer. The Center was informative and interesting, but the beach tourguide was much better. He showed you around a bunker and the beach and explained how it all went down on June 6th, 1944. He also described the architecture behind the Juno Beach Center and the Sculpture that we put a picture up of. The short form is that the center has 5 points, corresponding to 5 beachs, statue has 5 faces, looks like waves(amphibious assault). Each face shows different emotions felt that day.

He also recounted a bunch of anecdotes passed on by vets that come back every year on d-day.

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