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Today we visited the Airborne Museum at Saints-Mere-Eglise. I got the distinct feeling we (The British) had nothing to do with DDay. But as Graham pointed out we were still in the realms of Utah Beach and that is where the Americans landed. Great museum with some stunning artefacts from WW2. Why don't we have such places???? About £7 to get in and it really tells a story of what happened. The whole town is a living museum in fact with shop window displays etc. There were tours with a lot of Americans in town. We enjoyed the experience and moved on for our next night at Isigny Sue Mer. This place was 60% destroyed on DDay but today is a quiet village with a few shops. We had called at Super U for supplies so tonight is Chilli and wine for tea. But we did find some streaky smoked bacon, so bacon egg and tin tomatoes (Morrisons of course) for lunch. Stuffed now!!!
Tonight on the Aire are 2 British vans but shutters shut and not a peep out of them. This is really the first time we have seen any British people but reserve and stiff upper lip was the order of the day !!! Shame really as I had cooked far too much Chilli and they could have had a meal on us, but I am afraid it is Chilli for lunch tomorrow for us LOL
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Moved on to Grand Camp Maise following a trip to Omaha beach and we walked around the village and to the Peace Statue. Very beautiful but I took pictures of her backside till Graham pointed out that I was on the wrong side ooops
Moved to Port En Bessie We called at the American War Graves today A really good visitors centre with some films explaining the lives done of the soldiers had before going to war It really bought it home. The graves themselves are immaculate and an army of gardeners keep them in pristine condition Bright white with their names date of death and where in the USA they were from my phone died so took camera and the battery gave out on that too but did manage to get some photos. The graves are aligned both in straight lines and diagonally Laser perfection.
Moved to Arromanches today calling at the gun battlements that were used by the Germans. Kept in good condition but a little pock marked from shell fire. God it was cold and windy on those cliffs Talk about getting rid of cobwebs !!! My hair looks like I have been dragged through a hedge. But Poppy enjoyed her run in the fields surrounding them.
My good friend Jan Melvin sent me some good news today Her twin granddaughters arrived safe and sound Congrats Jan and the Melvin clan, which is getting larger by the day. Will be wetting the babies heads ( double drinks ) tonight and toasting your bank balance at Christmas. !!!!!!! Hehe
We will be going to look at the landing beaches at Arromanches today and maybe a visit to the Overlord museum up on the cliffs Arromaches is well worth the visit At last the British are winning the war. They built (prefabricated in Britain) a harbour from pontoons etc and landed 530,000 tons of goods, 220,000 men and 39,000 vehicles and it was operational in 12 days. !!! But was only used until November 1944 and is still visible today. Good old Made In Britain eh !!! Then tomorrow we will be leaving WW2 behind I have learnt a lot and even though my Dad used to make us watch that WW2 programme that was on the telly in my youth (cannot remember the title) I mustn't have listened as I didn't know half of this stuff. We should be proud of our ancestors and what they did for us and the world We are calling to get gas (the gaslow system has been brill keeping us warm, the fridge cold,cooking and hot water at the touch of a knob) Anyway then back to Honfleur for a couple of nights as we make our way back to the train. Not booked it yet but planning on around 22nd October

We will be back and heading for warmer climates in Spain and Portugal, just after Christmas. I mean literally day after Boxing Day So SUBSCRIBE to this blog and it will then email you to let you know when we are on the road again

Hope to see some of you while we are back.... but will probably still be posting on our little bumble around until we get back so don't give up on me yet xxxx
Tribute to an American solider who was killed on the church tower

Tribute to an American solider who was killed on the church tower

Glider plane... they are a bit stiff... sorry...

Glider plane... they are a bit stiff... sorry...

Tank

Tank

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This is the front...

This is the front...

I thought this was the front of the Peace Monument

I thought this was the front of the Peace Monument

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American War Graves

American War Graves

American War Graves...

American War Graves...

What a brill sunset

What a brill sunset

Shells

Shells

Cannot believe how these scallop shells are naturally standing on there edge ... amazing

Cannot believe how these scallop shells are naturally standing on there edge ... amazing

Repairs to house... H & S... not here

Repairs to house... H & S... not here

American chapel in the cemetery

American chapel in the cemetery

Over 9000 of these graves

Over 9000 of these graves

Arromanches

Arromanches

Graham has got a big one......

Graham has got a big one......

German Defences

German Defences

German Defences

German Defences

One we got.... not looking good

One we got.... not looking good

German anti aircraft search light

German anti aircraft search light

Big gun

Big gun

Landing Beaches

Landing Beaches

What is left on the beach at Arromaches Plus Popsta having a god old sniff

What is left on the beach at Arromaches Plus Popsta having a god old sniff

Landing Beaches Arromaches

Landing Beaches Arromaches

Look out to see and you will see the harbour they built in 12 days in 1944

Look out to see and you will see the harbour they built in 12 days in 1944

Great sky

Great sky

Guess what... a tank...

Guess what... a tank...

Posted by Jansie 10:38 Archived in France

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St Maire Eglise is an amazing place for retaining the history of the D day. Arramonche beach gives a real insight onto the ingenuity of the British to construct a harbour. It certainly helped the kids understand when they were doing GCSE

by Christine Carling

Yeh I learnt a lot Christine..

by Jansie

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