|The weeping angel in Amiens cathedral was an iconic image|
for homesick soldiers in World War I.
As a college student I traveled through this area on public transportation. And while it can be done, it's not easy. You'll be much better off with a car. I found the best deal through Auto Europe, booked in advance. Most people will drive from Paris, but our trip originated in Amsterdam (see previous post). After an overnight in Antwerp, we had an enjoyable day's drive, with a midway stop to admire the Unesco World Heritage cathedral at Amiens.
|Notice the historic D-Day paddles hanging from the ancient beam|
in the reception area of the converted barn at Les Oiseaux de Passage.
|The French country breakfast you've dreamed about.|
|The large Curlew room was perfect for our family.|
The museum contains restored aircraft and tributes, not only to the brave sacrifice of Americans who fought and died here, but also to the ongoing friendship between people of the US and France. Stop and listen to the moving words of Ronald Reagan about the boys of the Greatest Generation. The films on offer are worth your time, including the very interesting contrast of newsreel reports that described the invasion as a smashing success or a total failure, depending on which side was talking. Most restaurants in the nearby town were closed on Sunday at lunchtime, but we enjoyed quiche and lasagna with salad from a limited menu at E. Castel on the town square. From here, we drove on to Utah Beach and explored a number of crumbling Nazi pillboxes in the dunes. Moving back toward Isigny, we ended our day at Point du Hoc, where US Rangers made their seemingly impossible assault on a Nazi gun emplacement.
|Pondering the bravery of the US Army Rangers at Point du Hoc.|
|View from the shuttle drop-off of a busy construction site.|
|Strolling the ramparts in St. Malo.|
|"Bloody Omaha" is peaceful today.|
|An unknown "comrade in arms" in the American Cemetery.|
|The remains of the massive artificial port at Arromanches.|
|A ruined castle populated by storks.|