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Normandy D-Day Tour: churches and monuments marking acts of heroism

Stained glass memorializing the US paratroopers in Angoville-au-Plain

This post is the second in a series on my D-Day tour of Normandy, France. See the rest of the posts here. Angoville-au-Plain We next headed to Angoville-au-Plain, a tiny Norman village home to a small and fairly nondescript church where 2 US Army Medics performed some serious acts of heroism that went unrecorded for decades. Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore of the 101st Airborne saved the lives of 80 […]

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Normandy D-Day Tour: Utah and Omaha Beaches

Le Roosevelt Cafe Utah Beach

A couple of days ago, we went on a tour of the Normandy countryside to see various sites related to the D-Day invasion. Norman weather is apparently fairly moody and can change quickly, so I’ve been told. Our tour day was a perfect example of this. The day quickly changed from the forecast of mostly sunny day in the 70s to a dismal overcast day with a high in the […]

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A room (in Bayeux, France) with a view

Bayeux Cathedral, Notre-Dame Cathedral

After pretty close to 24 hours of travel, we finally made it to our Airbnb in Bayeux in Normandy, France. We are pretty exhausted but not too tired to oooh and aahhh at the view from our front window. Allow me to present to you the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Bayeux, consecrated in 1077 with William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders in attendance. I do love me some old cathedrals […]

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Goodreads Shelves

I track my books on Goodreads and often read other people’s reviews after finishing a book to see how my opinions compare to others, particularly when I diverge from the majority. I came across this Goodreads user’s shelves on such an occasion and they made me laugh out loud. My shelf labels are pretty boring in comparison. Her review of the book was just as honest and entertaining as the […]

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Dialogue without quotation marks. Why?

I recently read 1 yet another book in which the author decided not to use quotation marks to indicate dialogue. This is normally a signal to me that I am not going to like the book. I’m not sure why – perhaps it’s because it indicates to me that the author is more interested in form and being “artsy” or “nonconformist” than in the story itself and clarity for the […]

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