I am so sad today.  We spent the day walking the Normandy beaches and visiting the memorials from Arromanches to Omaha to Utah Beaches- in the pouring rain for the most part.  In Arromanches, our first stop, we saw a 360 degree film that was very moving and showed a lot of film of the young heroes that dared to storm the beaches that day.  And Bruce and I had to ask – “For what?”  Was their fight so that the minority of Americans vote for a government that does not believe in American exceptionalism  but global socialism? Did they fight so that a small percentage of Americans voted for a government that will give us freebies?  I think not.  It was a moving day for both of us!

On a lighter note…..we did not let Obama’s government shut down stop us from visiting the American cemetery!  We took a muddy steep path from the road down toward the beach and came in the back way crawling over the stone wall!  We had the place to ourselves and could spend some quiet time paying homage to the fallen.

It cleared up later in the afternoon and we had about an hour to see the Bayeux cathedral which is larger than Notre Dame.  It’s construction was started in 1066  and as we wandered around the sanctuary we were accompanied by the organist. I was unable to post the rest of todays pictures.  I will try later.Normandy & Bayeux 002 Normandy & Bayeux 003 Normandy & Bayeux 004 Normandy & Bayeux 005 Normandy & Bayeux 008 Normandy & Bayeux 009

View from our hotel room

View from our hotel room

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Omaha Beach near the American cemetary

Omaha Beach near the American cemetary

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The path we took to get down by the beach to enter the cemetary

The path we took to get down by the beach to enter the cemetary

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Success - Omaha Beach behind Bruce

Success – Omaha Beach behind Bruce

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Looking out at Omaha Beach from the cemetary

Looking out at Omaha Beach from the cemetary

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Where we climbed over the wall

Where we climbed over the wall

Scenic views as we drive the beaches

Scenic views as we drive the beaches

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Climbing over the wall

Climbing over the wall

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