June 6, 1944 Operation Overlord began. Also known as D-Day. 150,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on 5 separate beaches along the 50-mile stretch of heavily defended coastline in an effort to liberate France from the Nazi Germany occupation. Located in Northern France and bordered by The English Channel, the Region of Normandy has delightful villages, excellent food and wine.
THE AMERICAN CEMETERY AT OMAHA BEACH
Located in Colleville-sur-Mer the cemetery covers 170 acres. This land was offered to The United States by France so that 9387 service men and women could be buried on American soil. Be prepared to be moved beyond measure. When you visit on June 6th, there is a ceremony held every year honoring those that lost their life during Operation Overlord.
TOUR OF THE CASEMATES AND PILL BOXES
Take a day tour of remaining casemates and pill boxes used by Nazi Germany to defend the coast of France. When you visit during the D-Day celebration, throughout the entire month of June, you will see reenactors dressed as soldiers, reconstructed camps, armored cars and vehicles. You will also see many battles and landings reenacted. Truly a sight to behold!
TOUR THE VILLAGES OF
ROUEN AND HONFLEUR
Enjoy a fascinating tour of these mid evil villages. Taste local cheese and wine. Tour the cathedral, timbered buildings and paved streets. This tour will take you back in time.
ENJOY A DAY AT THE BEACH IN DEUVILLE
Truly a magnificent stretch of beach located in a charming village. Here you can rent a cabana and allow the ocean to sweep away your cares while sipping on your favorite French wine.
WE CELEBRATED THE 73rd ANNIVERSARY
OF D-DAY IN FRANCE
Tim and I had the privilege of attending France's D-Day celebration in 2017. We were able to visit with my sister and her husband (2 of my favorite humans). It was an amazing journey through history and culture. The French celebrate every year with grand fireworks, live bands and military reenactments. The celebration lasts throughout the entire month of June and is very organized with many events, all of which can be planned ahead of the visit. To truly immerse ourselves in the celebration, Tim and I dressed up in 1940's wear. Tim dressed as a paratrooper and I was his girlfriend, notice the victory curls in the far right photo. Everyone was dressed up as you traveled through the countryside, so we never felt out of place. We were, however, one of the few American's there. We also took swing dance lessons leading up to our trip so that we could dance to The Big Band's. Everywhere we went we were stopped by tourists and locals for our picture. It was like being a celebrity. This was a trip of a lifetime. A trip that all American's should make to truly understand the connection we have with the French.