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“Omaha Beach Museum and American Cemetary”
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Omaha Beach
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Half-Day Small-Group Tour to American D-Day Beaches from Bayeux
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Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux
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Owner description: This historic beach was the primary point of landing on June 6, 1944, for the entry of American forces into World War II and saw some of the most intense fighting in the entire war.
Reviewed June 11, 2012

We visited this area around the 68th anniversary of the D Day landings. We visited the Omaha Beach museum on the way to the cemetery, and met some soldiers of the current day 101st Airborne who were in the area to participate in the memorial activities. The museum is a little homespun, but very moving. The personal possessions of the soldiers and photographs of the wounded were the most striking things to me. Afterwards we went to the cemetery, where 9,380 white crosses are laid out as far as the eye can see. The cemetery is dignified and very beautiful, and there is no doubt that 9,380 sounds like a lot, but is so much more impactful when represented by the individual crosses. Jewish grave markers are headed by a star of David, and many of them had a small stone left by a visitor as is the Jewish custom. Some of the crosses had dog tags hanging from them, others fresh flowers at their feet. There were a few veterans there and it was very humbling to think of their courage as young men in a foreign land. Most of them have never been able to move on from this harrowing experience. I was struck by how quickly we have moved on, and forgotten. Not the French of this region, however, their liberators are not forgotten. And we experienced a welcome in Normandy that we have never seen before in France.

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Reviewed June 8, 2012

We visited Omaha and Juno. The museum in Juno was a little bit more impressive, but the video in the museum in Omaha was it too. You can't imagine how it would be back then! Nowadays, the beaches are quiet en peacefull.

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Reviewed June 7, 2012

This monument to the 10,000 American soldiers who lost their lives during the D-Day invasion at the "Omaha Beach" area is incredibly well done. (In Colleville-sur-Mer) Tour the exhibits first and watch the movie and then visit the cemetery with 96000 white marble crosses. A beautiful location right on the water with a view of the beach. (Think in terms of the movie Saving Private Ryan to appreciate what happened here in early June 1944!)

We are Canadian but we still felt that the visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial was one of the highlights of our two week tour of France. (We did visit the Canadian memorial at Juno beach too but it is very small by comparison.)

If you visit only one area of the Normandy beaches, this should probably be the one, although some folks also appreciated the Utah Beach area (between the villages of Pouppeville and La Madeleine). We did not get to that one, I must admit.

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Reviewed June 5, 2012

This was a highlight of my six week exploration of France! I was so thrilled when taking the LOWER ROAD near the ocean to suddenly come to this fabulous hotel "Casino Hotel" as re commended by Rick Steves. My room windows opened up to the ocean!!!!! FABULOUS!!! And... it was honestly the cleanest hotel I stayed in in the six weeks of traveling.
When you go to the front desk you have to "make some noise" for the girl to come out or you will sit there a long time.
The drive to UTAH BEACH... takes you back out onto the highway and it is quite a drive... but you MUST find the "UTAH BEACH MUSEE DU DEBARQEEMENT". Other museums will tell you they are that musueum... but keep following signs to the BIG museum which is fabulous! The little cafe outside is called "Le Roosevelt." I missed the little museum (skip the 360) in Arromache which tells how the artificial bridges were made... but STAY in OMAHA BEACH at the CAsino Hotel. There is not a better ocean view.

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Reviewed June 4, 2012

The first thing that struck me when I saw the beach was what a beautiful and peaceful place. A long beach extending for some miles, and wide and sandy shore extending to a gentle hillside. There were relatively few people the day we visited despite being so close to the D Day anniversary and we spent some time walking up and down, taking in the atmosphere. At both ends of the beach there are poignant memorials to those who died and despite the fact that it must undoubtedly now be a popular holiday attraction in this region it retains an air of dignity in terms of the surrounding buildings which befits the events of the 6th of June.

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