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Old 08-30-2008, 05:46 AM   #16
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Here's a few more snaps from the American War Cemetary.








I was quite suprised at how close the cemetary actually was to the sea? But I guess it was the most practical place. The grounds were immaculately kept.

These were taken at another memorial map overlooking the sea.





And a quick video of the beach





This is the statue of peace at the entrance of the Cemetary



And looking at the entrance on our way out.



Back on the road we visited the museum just up the road from Omaha Beach

One of the original landing crafts



Some artillary



I was quite suprised at the next picture! All the fighting that took place the soldiers still made time to kick back with sports and other recreational things. Check out the football boots!



This is an original door of one of the landing crafts that was dug up in 2003





A bit more light hearted stuff I like this one



And this is even better!



Now for some food! Quiche and french fries



Getting ready for the road



We moved along the coast and visited Pointe du Hoc This was the area where the Canadian Rangers climbed the cliffs and took control of the large guns at the top.











Some bomb holes





To give you an idea of the depth this is the same pic as the one above, but I'm in it



A bit of damage from the allied bombs.








Back on the road and we took a look at Utah Which was the last beach of the tour, this was occupied by the American and Canadian Forces.

Overlooking the beach









Next up we went onto a town called Saint mere Eglise. This town is infamous for an American Paratrooper who landed on the steeple of the church. In memory of the soldiers poor fate the villagers decided to put a manakin paratrooper on the church roof.





And the stained glass window from inside the church. A tribute to the American paras.





Time to call it a day and I'll finish it tomorrow
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:16 AM   #17
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Please do - I'm loving this slice of history...
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Old 08-30-2008, 03:45 PM   #18
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Fantastic, especially for those of use on the other side of the world!

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Old 08-30-2008, 06:04 PM   #19
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We moved along the coast and visited Pointe du Hoc This was the area where the Canadian Rangers climbed the cliffs and took control of the large guns at the top.
Pointe du Hoc was taken by the men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, US Army. As far as I know, no Canadians on that operation. However, your pictures are great.

My wife and I were there in June. That part of France is just beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:46 AM   #20
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Pointe du Hoc was taken by the men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, US Army. As far as I know, no Canadians on that operation. However, your pictures are great.

My wife and I were there in June. That part of France is just beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.
Yes you're right I stand corrected.

On with the rest of the trip guys!

While we were having breakfast I picked up a newspaper and as I was flicking through it I came across this picture (Not literally you understand! ) I don't know what they're doing............................ You can draw your own conclusion!



We had a quick look at the huge memorial in Caen before we headed off, this large artifact was imposing on the front lawn.



And a few snaps of the British Memorial garden





Outside the entrance to what was a huge imposing building.



On the road we headed for a town called La Cambe, this is where the German Cemetary is.


At this Cemetary there is a mindblowing 21,160 YES! 21,160 German troops buried here



The huge statues at the top of the mound



Looking at the entrance from up top.



And to the rear



A few more snaps of the cemetary and the graves












We noticed that all the cemetarys' from each of the countries involved were very different in their own right, but there was two common factors that was shared with each one we visted; A lot of the soldiers were very young men, 17/18/19 years old and there were many un-named soldiers who lay to rest.






The rest of the day we visited a couple more museums and we enjoyed the sunshine and the open roads, this was a much welcomed novelty as we are almost gridlocked every day here in England where I live.

When we got back to our hotel we had to pack up as we were leaving for Calais the next day. So our wardrobes had to be packed.



After we packed we strolled across to a local restaurant (the one that had a stopped serving food a couple of nights prior!)

We had a pizza each and it was gorgeous!



Now I don't know what they put in mine

But it tasted great, but it had some weird effect!
This is before

This is during



And this is after
LOL!!

Next mornig it was raining





We wanted to take a leisurely ride back up the coast and stopping off a few times on the way.

But the only stops we made was this kind



After getting lost a few times with the satnav, the most bizarre one was it telling us to cross a bridge over a big river on a bridge that didn't exist

Anyway on we pushed and again thankfully our friend Mickey Dee came to the rescue as we had a bit of a rest from the rain and filled up with hot coffee and a bite to eat



We eventually got to Calais around five, we had a much welcome shower and changed into some dry clothes and went to eat and drink!

The next day we were back on the channel tunnel early doors





Once we were back in old Blighty we were invited to a friends who was visiting his parents in Folkestone for a bacon butty and a brew. We obliged, but I didn't get any pics unfortunately.

The long ride back up to Leeds was pretty uneventful, I just hooked up my ipod and enjoyed some tunes while tramming up the boring A1 in horrible windy conditions.

But we eventually made it home safe and sound!


Thanks for all your comments and views folks

It was a short trip in all, but we managed to cram loads in and pay our respects to the fallen troops.

A big Thanks to my missus who paid for most of the trip for my birthday!
Cheers Hun.

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Old 09-01-2008, 03:28 PM   #21
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Great report and a good reminder for what a lot of brave folks did for all of us.
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:03 AM   #22
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:19 AM   #23
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Thanks so very much for taking the time to share this moment in History with us. Things I would never get to see except through your camera lens.
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Old 09-03-2008, 01:26 AM   #24
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Enjoying your first RR, DeeGee. Keep it coming'.
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Not quite finished yet though!

I forgot to mention that each time we've been abroad in the 18 years we've been together Jack has always had a thing for chemists

Be it Spain, Ireland, America, Lanzarote??? This time she decided to add France to that exclusive list

She needed (wanted) some cream for her sore fingers

Naturally I couldn't resist



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Great report - reminds me of as trip I did a few years back.

However whilst I found the size and scale of places like the US war cemetery thought provoking it was the small village cemeteries that really made you realise just what the D-Day landings and subsequent events meant to the people of France.

It seemed that in the cemetery of every village around the landing beaches there was a small, but perfectly manicured and well kept, area containing british graves. It was plain to see that these graves were cared for better than those elsewhere in the cemetery. We spoke to a local resident and he expained that the war graves were looked after by local residents and they simply saw it as their way to remember and say thank you to the soldiers who died.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:56 PM   #26
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Great report.
I also did a little bike tour with friends back at the time of the 60th anniverary of the landings.
An incredible place to visit...a big out door museum. Very interesting but very sobering too.

Thanks for the posting.

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Old 06-23-2009, 08:19 AM   #27
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Good report DeeGee. I am planning the same trip myself for later this year or early next. Then going to spend a week or so exploring Brittany as I have somewhere to stay down there. Can I ask where you stayed, and what was it like?
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:54 PM   #28
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Vive la France !

Thanks to all the guys from USA who crossed half of the world on boats to give their life for Europe and save our ass... Even if relations between US and France are not at the best we don't forget their ultimate sacrifice.
Very very cool . We must never forget!!!

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Good RR Gav, I only managed some of the places you got to. Very thought provoking.....
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Good RR Gav, I only managed some of the places you got to. Very thought provoking.....
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