This blog is posted when we travel overseas taking a break from our Fulltime RV Life.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Normandy American Battlefields Tour Day

 

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This year was the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. You see these four flags everywhere, including the breakfast table at our hotel.

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We were early birds this morning, walking across the street to see the Saturday market and discovering they were still setting up many of the booths.

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Carrots, bags and bags of carrots. And I forgot to mention it in yesterday’s post but among the many wonderful things I had for dinner last night were carrots that were almost as good as the ones in Scandinavia.

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Paella, huge pans of paella cooking.

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Poultry, I better not mention the “C” word or Linda will start crying again, as these are all destined to be something other than someone’s pet.

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Lovely young French woman trying to decide what to purchase for tonight’s dinner.

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We were taking a private tour of the Normandy battlefields today, and the first stop was at the church where several paratroopers landed on the church.

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The metal railing across the street from the church bore the marks of the fighting that took place in the town.

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One of the museums we visited had a mockup of a C-47 that was carrying paratroopers. It is darkened with great sound effects, then you come to where the paratroopers jump from the plane and the floor is glass with a model of the town scaled as it would look if the plane were in the sky. I had to hesitate before stepping out, it was so realistic.

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Blood stains on one of the  pews of a church that served as an aid station during the first few days of the fighting.

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Sitting in pew beside one large blood stain, looking down on another blood stain in the pew in front of me. We had been here once before, yet I still found to be an extremely intense emotional experience.

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Eva, our guide, provided us with an absolutely wonderful experience.

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Americans, British and Canadian troops weren’t the only ones dying that early June morning. Perhaps the German soldiers manning this lookout station also died.

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The American cemetery at Omaha Beach.

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Placemat at the creperie where we ate dinner.

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Dessert at the creperie. It looks like there is a reason for the fire extinguisher on the wall. Life just keeps getting better and better.

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