Sunday, March 30, 2014
Those of you in Europe already know how amazing your transportation system is. It really is well developed. Yesterday we just hopped on another train - the intercity one - from Paris to Normandy. They leave every hour or so and arrive hassle free a few hours later. And we hopped off in the relatively small town of Bayeux - one of the few towns that was not bombed during WWII.
We arrived just in time to grab a bite to eat - spinach quiche and tabbouleh salad and an apricot pastry split between us. Then off to a tour of two of the Normandy beaches and the German and American cemeteries. Besides being important to understand the war from a human perspective, it also means a lot to me from a personal perspective. My father was in the French Resistance and my father-in-law landed on Omaha beach on June 6, 1944. I went to the same landing spot he was at and was awed by the enormity of the bravery it must have taken for all the men and women of the war to do their jobs. I scratched his name and his division(29th) into the sand....the waves will have smoothed it away by now. Truly moving day.
We have decided to stay an extra day to just enjoy this small city. The streets are fantastic and are inviting us to wander, so wander we will. Just a few more days.... Heading home to the states on Thursday...
Day's impression = honored to have stood where so many fought in the war