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  • Sergiy M
    Dublin, Ireland1,805 contributions
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    On the small isle or it looks more like a rock in the sea is a small village with streets, restaurants, shops, small hotels etc. The Abbey is on the very top of the rock. All of this is protected by walls built by human beings and by nature. The village can be visited free of charge, but to get to the Abbey entry ticket needed as well as photo ID. Parking is located couple miles from Le Mont-Saint-Michel and it is free just half an hour. The free bus is in service from the parking. Abbey is the last stop.
    Written March 30, 2024
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  • Kathy R
    Doylestown, PA24 contributions
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    This is not to be missed. I don't think any American can visit and not be moved, if not overwhelmed, by the sight of these graves. The young men sacrificed their lives for us and this memorial honors them in such a respectful way. The cemetery is located right above Omaha Beach.
    Try to go late in the day. An hour before closing flags are lowered and taps are played.
    Written May 5, 2024
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  • tartnjohn
    Olney, UK3,449 contributions
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    Part of a P&O tour, we had a walking tour of Bayeux prior to visiting the tapestry. Due to a misdirection, my wife and I were 20 minutes late for our time slot but the doorman had been given our tickets by our guide and we were able to get access with no problem.
    Just meant we had to take the whistlestop tour rather than the leisurely one, meaning we didn't get the entire story.
    Nevertheless, it was a fascinating experience learning about the history and background of the massive creation.
    Would like to go back to Bayeux to go round again - would be well worth it.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • Brendan S
    Arlington, VA2,009 contributions
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    Etretat’s main attraction are these amazing white cliffs. One cliff with its arches visible from far away are on one side and a striated cliff with another arch is on the other. There is a path at the top of the striated cliff that leads down to the beach and offers stunning picturesque views up the coast. The path is quite treacherous and, lacking proper footwear I slipped and fell and was fortunate to avoid serious injury or a long fall. But once you get down, you don’t have to go back up, as a little-known tunnel through the cliff leads back to the beach and back to the town. The tunnel looks small from the outside, but is over 5 feet in height and was fun to traverse.
    Written May 11, 2024
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  • Brendan S
    Arlington, VA2,009 contributions
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    This site is where Monet lived and painted for the last several decades of his life, painting the famous water lillies and blooming garden from the pond and large garden that is here. You can walk around and through the pond and gardens and over the foot bridge that were the subjects of well-known paintings. You can also walk through Monet’s house, which is mostly less interesting. This site is the perfect companion to a visit to the L’Otangerie and D’Orsay in Paris where you can see Monet’s Giverny paintings. The pond and garden are very beautiful with brightly colored flowers in bloom. Unfortunately, although it seems like it should be a peaceful, quiet and relaxing place, it was mobbed with visitors along every step of the narrow paths through the property and rooms in the house.
    Written May 15, 2024
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  • Brendan S
    Arlington, VA2,009 contributions
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    There are so many massive medieval cathedrals in France that it’s hard for any to stand out, but Rouen is definitely in the “top tier.” The ornate facade and stained glass and rose windows in the interior are highlights. It’s also a historic site that was painted by Monet dozens of times and is where early Viking and Norman leaders were interred.
    Written May 15, 2024
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  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, DC1,149 contributions
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    An excellent overall museum, with the focus being on WWII. It's even situated over a large German command bunker used during WWII for command of forces in Normandy - you can visit the bunker as well. Exhibition was very well done as it traced the origins of WWII and provided a lot of info on the war itself and how it affected the region. Be sure to get an audio guide as these provided excellent insight and commentary. There's also a film to be seen - just watch the monitor for when it's showing. Gift shop was great with something for everyone (books in French and English, momentos, toys for kids, etc.). There's also an eatery on the second floor which had a very good food options and allowed for a nice break. Staff were very polite and helpful. On weekdays, you'll encounter lots of school groups, but less so on the weekends.
    Written March 3, 2024
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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, CA4,095 contributions
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    I am blown away by the construction of these massive cathedrals dating back to the 11th century. How could they have been built and lasted so long. This is a really nice example of masonry, arches and stained glass - defying Father Time, they still stand, dominating the skyline of Bayeaux, and providing future generations the awe and splendor we felt upon entering this magnificent structure.
    Written May 2, 2024
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  • Jnjtiger
    New Jersey516 contributions
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    There are many museums on D-Day in greater Normandy area. Senior area tour operators recommended this museum as their top choice - “if you visit just one…” This museum focuses on the American airborne assault on Normandy, starting the night of June 5. It also provides excellent background historical presentations on events leading up to D-Day. These really help put the Normandy invasion and airborne assault in perspective. Museum has three buildings. Visit them all. Realistic presentation of gliders and C-47s used to carry airborne troops. Of course, St. Mere Eglise the first town captured by US airborne troops, and town certainly worth an additional visit - tour. You can see a mannequin of Private John Steele on one of the church gargoyles, where his parachute got caught the night of June 5. Strong recommendation to do some research before visiting Normandy area. “Longest Day” book or movie. “Band of Brothers”, “Saving Private Ryan”. Stephen Ambrose books. Even selected YouTube videos. If coming this far, helpful to know the history of what you are seeing. This was an incredible undertaking and it merits at least some pre-work.
    Written September 18, 2023
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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, CA4,095 contributions
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    This is one of those historic places that every American - for that matter, every European - should visit. We walked here from the American Cemetery, just a short drive and moderately steep hike down to the wide beach. Can’t imagine the horrors occurring on this stretch of sand 75 years ago. The lack of cover, the bravery, the death. Spend some time walking this beautiful stretch of sand and count your blessings. You are the lucky ones. Must visit for sure.
    Written May 2, 2024
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  • gersfeld
    New York City, NY79 contributions
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    Was in Honfleur during inclement weather which was not ideal but helped with the number of tourists you’d otherwise encounter. It’s a lovely, quiet, atmospheric town worth exploring especially if you wander away from the tourist hub. At night the streets are almost completely empty and the architecture is just incredible. The Boudin Museum is worth an hour or so but I mainly enjoyed wandering around.
    Written May 4, 2024
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  • Brendan S
    Arlington, VA2,009 contributions
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    Pointe du Hoc was one of the landing areas on D-Day. Unlike the beaches, where soldiers landed and ran across the beach under fire, at this site, US Rangers scaled the cliffs to capture German gun batteries here, sustaining very high casualties. The site was heavily fortified and heavily bombed. It is pocked by shell and bomb craters and the remains of the bunkers are still there, several of which are open for visitors to enter and explore.
    Written May 13, 2024
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