Sunday, December 7, 2008

France: Bayeux and the D-Day beaches

The day after visiting Dinan, St. Malo, and Mont St. Michel, we headed towards the D-Day beaches in Normandy, stopping first in a town called Bayeux. We hadn't planned to stop in Bayeux, but as we drove through it the cathedral was so impressive that we decided to stop and have a look at it. There was a funeral taking place inside the cathedral, so we we're able to go inside, but we still admired the outside of it. The first slideshow below is of Bayeux.

We headed on towards the D-Day beaches, going first to Omaha Beach (including the famous cemetary there), then to the Pointe du Hoc, and then to Utah Beach. As we drove we read the history of the WWII battles that took place in each location. We gained a greater appreciation for the difficulty of the horrible battles fought there and for the immense sacrifices made by those who fought. The second slideshow contains pictures from the beaches.

1 comment:

John said...

The cathedral is beautiful-it must have taken a hundred years to build. I guess there are many thousands of graves at those cemetaries- what a tragic loss of life for all sides. I'm sure it is very sobering to see it. The long panorama landscape is a great photo--you should make a print of it.