Monday, August 27, 2012

UFRT Day 3 : Normandy

Day three of our Ultimate French Road Trip was spent visiting the D-day beaches, museums and memorials in Normandy.  

Arromanches - This is where the artificial harbor known as Port Wilson was built.  During wartime it served as a base for Allied troops taking 600,000 tonnes of concrete and equipment across the Channel.  You can still see remnants of the bridges out in the ocean.

Pont du Hoc

Omaha Beach

Thursday, August 23, 2012

UFRT Day 2 : Mont Saint-Michel to Omaha Beach

Day two wasn't over yet.... after we left the American Cemetery in Brittany, Jim and I continued on to the coast to see Mont-Saint Michel. 

Mont Saint-Michel is a rocky tidal island and monastery.  During high tide the causeway is completely covered with water.  We arrived at low tide but were informed we had less than an hour to move our car.  Our trip was a little rushed but the drive approaching MSM and the views from the top were quite beautiful.

Soon it was time to get to our final destination, Omaha Beach.  A little less than 2 hours north from MSM we arrived at our hotel which was a block from the beach.  We were tired and hungry but wanted to see the Atlantic Ocean before it was too dark.  I can't even express how incredible it is to stand on the beach with the soft sand and serene waves and know that a war was being fought here not even 70 years ago.  Needless to say after 2 days in Normandy Jim and I were on a history kick and watched quite a few shows and movies relating to Normandy and D-Day. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

UFRT Day 2 : Tours to Le Mans to Fayelle to Brittany

Day two of our road trip we headed out of Tours (B) and made our first stop about an hour later in Le Mans (C).  Jim quickly figured out how close we would pass to the famous race track, so we made a quick stop to see if it was open for visitors.

Our next stop was Fayelle (marker D on the map above).  This was on the agenda because ever since I was a teenager my cousin Fayelle and I talked about finding the cities with our names and visiting.  It was a 30 min. detour to little sign, but worth it!

Our next stop was the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial.  

to be continued...