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Normandy D-Day Tour: German and American Cemeteries

American Cemetery Normandy France

This post is the fourth in a series on my D-Day tour of Normandy, France. See the rest of the posts here. German Cemetery We started our tour at the German cemetery. The French government has allotted about 17 acres for this space, which is mostly maintained by volunteers and German family members. There are still more than 20,000 German soldiers missing in action, presumably waiting to be found in […]

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Normandy D-Day Tour: Point du Hoc

Point du Hoc

This post is the third in a series on my D-Day tour of Normandy, France. See the rest of the posts here. Point du Hoc: A hard-won and costly battle Point du Hoc was a strategically important location for D-Day since it was the highest point between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach. The Germans recognized its importance too and heavily fortified it with concrete bunkers and heavy artillery capable of […]

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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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