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In Photos: Normandy

On June 6th, 1944 the course of history changed when the Allied Forces crossed into Nazi territory and began the invasion of Western Europe. The dramatic coastline of Normandy in the north of France became one of the most important landscapes of the Second World War on what is now known as D-Day. Both of my grandfathers served in the war and it was always a point of pride and honor for them. After listening to their stories for so many years, it was a place that I wanted to see for myself one day. As my mother, grandmother and I planned our trip to Paris, we knew we wanted a day trip outside the city and Normandy was the obvious choice. Two weeks before the 70th anniversary of the invasion was a momentous time to visit and it was solemn and peaceful in contrast to the atmosphere seven decades prior. It was an honor to go with my grandmother, who is part of the World War II generation and was alive to witness these events.

Our full day in Normandy took us to the World War II Memorial Museum in Caen as well as the Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery and Juno Beach. It was powerful and emotional, but words cannot adequately express the meaning behind the places we visited so I will let the pictures of Normandy tell the story.

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Have you ever been to Normandy? Is it somewhere that you would like to visit?Β 

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  1. I would definitely love to visit. Beautiful photos.

    Happy travels πŸ™‚

    July 1, 2014
    • Thanks, Lauren! It really is worth a visit, especially if you are already in France as it is an easy day trip. Hope you make it there!

      July 7, 2014
  2. It’s amazing how pristine and strikingly beautiful it looks today and yet 70 years ago, it would have been an unimaginable place of horrors. I would love to visit here and countless other WWI sites in France (and Belgium). My parents always said they would never forget the row after row of crosses, all from one battle.

    Did you rent a car? I read that going by train/bus is somewhat difficult/more taxing.

    July 16, 2014
    • I was having a hard time picturing the same thing, Julie! It is so quiet and calm and to think of the juxtaposition of 70 years ago is just staggering. It is powerful and moving and definitely somewhere you should visit.

      No, I did not rent a car, I have the same fears of driving in Europe that you do! We went with a small tour group that arranged all our transportation because I read similar things about the train situation and did not want to chance it. It was an easier way for us and did not involve any hassle!

      July 21, 2014

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