"GO TO NORMANDY. The region of..." Europe Favorite Tip by Lori_K
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Favorite thing: GO TO NORMANDY. The region of Normandy is beautiful, and if you have never been there, it's a must see. My grandfather was on one of the first ships to land on Omaha Beach, in the early morning of the D-Day invasion and it is amazing to see the place where it all happened. We visited the D-Day beaches and toured the WWII museum in Arromanches. To stand in the water at Omaha Beach and look up at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, next to the town of Vierville where my grandfather's ship landed, and see what an incredible challenge the allied forces confronted will leave you speechless. You can still see remnants of the war, foxholes & bunkers with guns aimed at the beaches, especially the humongous bomb craters every few feet along Utah Beach. Absolutely an incredible place to visit and will make you appreciate the extraordinary efforts and give a new respect for those who fought in the war.
Fondest memory: Besides the wine, wine, chocolate, wine and chocolate...I have two other fondest memories, though each day and sight was wonderful and exciting. One is of a perfect day in Paris where we hit all the tourist spots: Eiffel, Arc, Louvre, Louis Vuitton (hey, I couldn't leave Paris without buying something from THE shop), etc. We over indulged in delicious meals, fantastic deserts, and drank wine.. need not say more. The other is of Normandy and the D-Day beaches, beachfront monuments, exploring the insides of german bunkers and bomb craters... it was awesome. Picture is of the town Arromanches, location of the WWII museum, and place to see the artificial harbor that is still somewhat intact as constructed during the war. Expert photo taken by my very hip cousin, Ray N.
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