Le jour où les garçons sont devenus des hommes … que l’Europe et le monde a prié et espéré venir … que le chèque de la liberté a été écrite dans le sang et le jour qui a rendu possible pour nous, à terme, l’expérience des gens merveilleux et des lieux de Normandie, France … le jour Juin 6, 1944
The Day that boys became men … that Europe and the World prayed and hoped would come … that the check for freedom was written in blood and the day that made it possible for us to eventually experience the wonderful people and places of Normandy France…the day June 6, 1944
Books, museums, videos and movies all attempt to capture ‘the day’ but I say only those that participated truly know that they, as ordinary men, accomplished feats in the face of unbelievable danger, while performing extraordinary acts of heroism.
The casualties were staggering but the one number that stands out for me is that 42 sets of brothers are buried at the American Cemetery.
Spirits abound in this scared place. I strongly suggest you visit to thank them, pay your respects and pray for their souls.
It will be 68 years this summer and the beaches are now the most beautiful I have ever seen. The villages and fishing ports are picture postcard like and lure you in avec un certain charme.
In my last post I was unkind to France and to the French.
Breakfast with Jean-Pierre and Josette Bourry changed all that. Josette operates “Castel Provence” Chambres d’hotes Castel Provence – Accueil www.castelprovence.fr/ …
… they were fabulous hosts and most helpful in all ways.
I have said in other posts that unless you have an emotional attachment to pictures you’re really not interested in looking at other people’s photographs. Saying that I’m throwing some at you.
Honfleur was my favorite village. It is located across the Seine River from Le Havre and it is known for its art galleries and restaurants.
I will say that if I ever have to go around the double round about in Caen again I will shoot myself.
We visited the city of Lisieux (Sub-Prefecture of Calvados, around 24000 habitants) known all over the world thanks to Saint Thérèse, the greatest saint of modern times.
… on to the fishing port of Port-en-Bessin …
I love to check out fish markets and the markets I visited here and in Cherbourg were the best I have ever been to.
… and then Saint Michael of the Mont …
… then there is … France’s other great tourist attraction …
au revoir …
Josette, je vous souhaite bonne chance … Jean-Pierre prend bien soin d’elle et de venir nous voir bientôt, vos nouveaux amis de l’Irlande et les États-Unis avec l’amour de Marie, Carol, Joe et Dan.
Kiss (Josette & Jean-Pierre)