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Europe trip - Day 10 (2014 - Blog 85)

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
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    I was touched by your sense of the importance of what the soldiers did , my husband has been a soldier for 32 years. This meant a lot to me that someone was taking the time to honour those who fought so long ago. Bless you for taking the time to honour those who went before.
    2429 days ago
    It's important to remember those who made our lives better! I love your daily blogs- they are marvelous :-)
    2431 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Europe has a usable public transit system... we have a highway system. Think I'd prefer the European option.

    There are places on this earth where the human spirit remains. Auschwitz and Zamość made me so unsettled that I had to leave. The horrors that so many endure during war is unimaginable.
    Hope you enjoyed your day in the village.
    2431 days ago
    We were not able to visit, but all who have say the experience was moving. A friend loves to tell of her finding stones to place on Jewish headstones...
    Glad you can spend another day. Gives you time to reflect and enjoy the surrounds.
    2432 days ago
    This tugged at me this morning. Not the same war, but war in general, and what it does to the people who put their lives on the line. Amazing courage, and what we owe them all. Bless you in your memories and your journey!
    2432 days ago
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    How moving!
    2432 days ago
    I have enjoyed your trip. I will bug you when you get back as I have planned to go to Bayeux with my DH for the tours.
    2432 days ago
    Must havebeen an intense visit to Normandy beach. I get deeply moved at the WW2 memorial in Washington DC.

    It seems like you just arrived and your trip is ending soon. Looking forward to more reports.
    2432 days ago
    Sounds like you're really enjoying yourself. Looking forward to pics on your return (please?)

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    2432 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful day! Enjoy Europe.
    2432 days ago
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