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Oct 23, 2017 - The Beaches of Normandy

Well today was what the whole trip was all about. Revisit the beaches of Normandy. We were here 30 years ago. The beaches, which are a living museum, have not changed. Buildings, churches and homes that were destroyed here during World War II have been rebuilt and/or restored. Also, museums and memorials have been built to celebrate the 40th and 50th Anniversaries of D-Day which weren't here when we last visited. The weather was cold and gray and only a little rainy; as it should be during this solemn visit. The D-Day landings, code-named...

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Jul 30, 2016 - D Day World War 2 landing sites in Normandy

Today was a very long day. We started off in the bus at 8am and returned at 6.30pm. Todays itinerary is to go to D Day landing sites of World War 11. There are 3 buses - 2 go to USA & British landing sites and the 3rd goes to the Canadian and British sites. We chose to go to USA landings, and most of the Australians were on our bus and the Americans who are on our tour virtually had a bus to themselves. This tour for them is 30 year reunion so they are very clicky and do not mix much at all with anyone else, hence on a bus by themselves....

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Oct 2, 2015 - Juno Beach

Friday, October 2nd. Driving along the narrow country roads which took us through the villages of Normandy we were again struck with the number of homes and villages that flew the American, Canadian, UK and French flags!! It was heart-warming to think many of these villagers remembered and were thankful for the huge sacrifice many foreign families had made in liberating their country. At the museum at Arromanches they showed a 360 degree movie, made from clips donated by Allied and German sources. The noise from the battle, the confusion...

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Sep 1, 2015 - Day 12 Just Cruising

That's the historical part of the trip over.We had a fantastic time in Normandy. And as in the Ypres/Somme so many great tales of bravery, sacrifice and also compassion. Lovely warm day, as we drove to the German cemetery behind Utah/Omaha beaches, Onto Arromanche and the British D Day Museum. wonderful displays of the Mulberry and other memorabilia of 6th June. Had a nice drive around country lanes and then back to Bayeux for the D Day museum and the Allied cemetery, all beautifully kept. Tomorrow is a drive across central France to...

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Aug 31, 2015 - Day 11 Western End of D Day beaches.

Woke up to heavy mist after the storm, soon turned to heavy rain.we were on a Tour with 4 others Started in Saint Mere Eglise,place with the paratrooper on the steeple.on to Utah beach with a superb museum, tide was in so we couldn't walk on the beaches.nice lunch in what had been the German radio room and that became the Allies. Pont Du Hoc amazing scenery. craters and explosions must have been terrifying . then onto Omaha, was the least successful place for the most casualties on 6th June. Then to the American Forces Cemetery, so many...

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Mar 24, 2011 - Overlord Country

And so, further into Normandy, to an area we were very much looking forward to, with all its history. Normandy itself, which both of you dear blog readers will probably know much better than I, is lovely; a bucolic idyll with more cows than people, with vast fields of seemingly perfectly kept crops and very straight plowed furrows. Obviously these Normans take pride in their villages, homes and work, as it's a very lovely area. We have been lucky too, that we've had some stunning weather, with temps hitting the low twenties, which we never...

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May 18, 2008 - Bayeux to Arromanches

We were running out of time and daylight as we left Bayeux but we were determined to finish our D-Day tour at Arromanches. This was the site of the artificial harbor that was built to supply the invasion. Today you can see the rusted remains of the hulking supports and bridges that were joined together to provide landing areas for off loading of heavy equipment and supplies that the troops needed. This also appears to have quite a few restaurants and hotels, along with a camp ground popular with British tourists. For us today,...

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Reunited 2008