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Visiting Normandy

Flanked by sheer white cliffs, Normandy offers stunning natural beauty with centuries of history. Cows graze its lush pastures, producing the pungent cheeses that earn this region of northern France gastronomic acclaim, and historic relics like the Bayeux tapestry and D-Day beaches define a rich cultural landscape.... Read More Flanked by sheer white cliffs, Normandy offers stunning natural beauty with centuries of history. Cows graze its lush pastures, producing the pungent cheeses that earn this region of northern France gastronomic acclaim, and historic relics like the Bayeux tapestry and D-Day beaches define a rich cultural landscape.    Close

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Omaha Beach Reflections

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 01 Oct, 2007

On April 19, 1985, I was 11 days shy of my 18th birthday, but I accomplished one of my travel dreams. It was to visit Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, which has become famous for one of the most bloodiest and costly battles in history.…Read More


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The Battle for Normandy - American, British, Canadian and German Cemeteries

Written by Ed Hahn on 19 Dec, 2005

I believe I didn’t really absorb the significance of D-Day and its aftermath until I visited some cemeteries, particularly the American cemetery situated about halfway between Colleville sur Mer and St. Laurent sur Mer. In 2003, John Flaherty and I visited this cemetery and a…Read More


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Normandy Invasion - The American Beaches

Written by Ed Hahn on 17 Dec, 2005

As I said in the review of the British and Canadian Beaches, this is a story impossible to tell in 500 or even 1,500 words. For a suggested 3-day exploration of all the invasion beaches, see “The Invasion of Normandy – British and Canadian Beaches.”UTAH…Read More


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Normandy Invasion - The British and Canadian Beaches

Written by Ed Hahn on 17 Dec, 2005

I think it’s impossible to write a review of the D-Day Invasion sites in 500 or even 1,500 words, so I’m positioning these two reviews as “Experiences.”I have visited this area twice. In March 2003, I spent 3 days with John Flaherty of Hand Maid Tours…Read More


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Epilogue

Written by Idler on 05 Jun, 2004

May 29, 2004: The Final MusterThe build-up has been massive; week after week we’ve been bombarded with stories and rumors, but now at long last it’s the big day.No, not the invasion of Normandy – the dedication of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.Thousands…Read More


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Pointe du Hoc to Sainte-Mère-Église

Written by Idler on 05 Jun, 2004

Pointe du HocIt is late in the afternoon when we reach Pointe du Hoc, a rugged headland jutting out to sea west of Omaha Beach. The Allies believed a powerful artillery battery was in place at the top of the sheer cliffs, and it was…Read More


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Colleville-sur-Mer and Omaha Beach

Written by Idler on 05 Jun, 2004

THE NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY Anyone who’s seen Saving Private Ryan is familiar with the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. There’s that final scene, when the surviving veteran comes to pay his respects; the camera pans through the cemetery, across row upon row of perfectly…Read More


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Arromanches to Longues-sur-Mer

Written by Idler on 05 Jun, 2004

MULBERRIESI am trying to explain to my son, with scant success, what a mulberry was, "mulberry" being the code name for artificial harbors constructed off the Normandy coast. "They deliberately sank old ships," I explain, "and flooded hollow concrete cubes with seawater to…Read More


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Pegasus Bridge to Juno Beach

Written by Idler on 05 Jun, 2004

RANVILLE CEMETERYIt is perhaps fitting that our first D-Day stop is at Ranville Cemetery, the final resting place of the first Allied soldier killed on D-Day. His name was Den Botheridge, and he was a member of the British 6th Airborne glider infantry, whose…Read More


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Visiting The Sites of Normandy

Written by bdxtremeone on 02 Apr, 2008

OMAHA BEACHIf you’re very fond of war movies and watched “Saving Private Ryan” or played “Call of Duty 2” then you definitely know about the battle that happened on this beach. The Allied forces invaded Normandy on June 6 1944, a day referred to as…Read More


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