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After Miannay we journeyed to Bayeux which, may I say, is a incredibly pretty town. Half timbered buildings, many of 15th C origin. None of Bayeux was affected by the war so remains intact. The Tapestry is amazing. To think that is (basically) the original dating from the 11th century was exceptional. Good hotel in Caen, in the centre of the old town. It was used as a base for the Germans in WW2.
Pegasus Bridge today wher we gained a much greater insight into the importance of the Uk 6th Airborne capturing what one would think were two relatively unimportant ridges. However the success of the whole D Day operation. Then off to Arromanches and the 360 degree cinéma.I think Paddy made the best comment on our exit saying ‘that was an emotional roller coaster’! Very moving. Next was a rushed,but excellent lunch of burgers or Croque Monsiuer, followed the D Day museum. Question fromRose. What does the D in D Day mean? Fascinating insight into the building of the Mulberry Harbour. A amazing feat of engineering.
Finally to Omaha Beach. The brothers graves. Teddy Roosevelt jones graves,next to his brother who was killed in WW1 but was,at the family’s request, buried next to him brother at Omaha. We then drove to,and walked on Omaha Beach.
A demanding day for all,but hopefully worthwhile. Some still got to shopping when we returned to Caen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Champs Élysées tomorrow and Paris.