May 25, 2016

European Adventure 2016: Normandy Day Two

Bon soir, friends! Today I'm starting my recaps of our whirlwind trip in Europe. Since our trip was thirty days I probably won't be doing every day as I did on m family blog. I'll put a few together here and there but separate places/excursions I think deserve their post. I will also be doing a comprehensive post rating hotels, restaurants, excursions and chat about what I think we could have done better.

A lil background for you: we started our tour in France, landing in Paris and immediately driving to Bayeux, France. Bayeux is 20 minutes from Omaha beach and is the quaintest, cutest lil town.  If you head Omaha I highly recommend staying in Bayeux. If you missed my first post about Normandy check it out *here*.
 
Day two we were slightly groggy but getting close to French time. We had to get up early to move our car to another lot and then decided to try to find a park to use the TRX.

Bummerville to find none of the parks had a basketball hoop or soccer goal to use for security. So it was back to the hotel for another room workout. Le Husband rolled with the TRX and I chose to do a body weight circuit. Then it was time to get ready for the day, including a stop at the store for lunch staples. This morning was the local market and we enjoyed walking through all the booths on the way to the grocery. 
 

Once food was procured it was off to Point de Hoc, which is about a 20 km drive from our hotel. I personally am not as familiar with Point de Hoc, but P had this on his must see list so of course I was happy to tag along. Ummmm, wow! The cliffs are huge and the enormity of the Ranger's mission ( with failed landings ) hits you as you look out over the bluffs.
 

Shell holes and leftover bunkers and fortifications litter the area, creating some fun picture moments. The wind was wicked all afternoon and the bunkers made for a bit of relief while being fun to explore. 
     

My eyes glittered with tears as I looked down into the sea and witnessed the obstacles the 225 Rangers faced. At the end of two days only 39 would live to tell the tale of their assault. 
       

After the full tour we headed back to the car to head off to Utah beach. We had heard the monuments here were fantastic, as is the museum, but we were not prepared for the wind and sand storms (full disclosure, I still have sand in my hair as I type this update). We found a bit of relief in the museum and then braved the wind to fill our second keepsake bottle. Once in the beach the wind died down some, but the passage through the dunes was no joke.
      

 We stopped at the Roosevelt cafe for a quick coffee and really enjoyed all of the notes left my veterans and others honoring their friends on the wall.
 

Our last stop of the day was Saint Mere Eglise aka the paratrooper stuck on a church stop.
    

There is an INCREDIBLE Airborne museum right next to the church and our final hour of exploring was spent inside. Not only was it a nice break from the weather, but it was an extremely informative exhibit. 
         

What we ate
       

Our visits to both beaches were exactly the experience we were looking for and it was so worth the two days. I know most people probably would plan a trip different, with less time in Normandy, but being huge WW2 buffs this part of the trip meant a whole lot to the both of us. I originally was quite worried about the attitudes of French people, but the residences of Bayeux were some of the kindest people I've ever met. Both Le Husband and I now plan to have a B&B in Bayeux when we retire, haha ;)!

Normandy was truly an incredible visit and I hope one day to go back again. 

23 comments:

Veronica-VeroSays! said...

So many beautiful photos! It would drive me insane trying to sort through the pics to see which to share! Haha..! Such a fabulous trip! Can't wait to see more!

Jessi @ Jessi's Design said...

Trip-of-a-lifetime! This is ah-mazing!

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

First off, props to you guys for working out while on your trip. Especially day 2! Those cliffs are crazy pretty! And all of that food... OMGGGG yes! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

Emily at 'a little bit of Emily' said...

Amazing!! The perfect way to start off your trip!

Jen said...

This is absolutely amazing! I think it's awesome that you go to experience so much!

Marie said...

So amazing!! Great pictures!!

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

what an amazing trip! so much history - and so beautiful. definitely a spot to add to my list!

xoxo cheshire kat

Emily said...

Wow so beautiful! I haven't heard of either of these beaches before but sounds like a lovely place to explore especially with all the background history.

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

I can't even imagine what those men went through when they stormed the beach on D-Day. I'm getting chills right now just thinking about it, and I can't even imagine visiting!

I had sand in my hair from Hawaii from weeks afterwards, so I'm glad that I'm not the only one it happens to!

Erin LFF said...

LOVING all the photos friend- I'm sure it's not easy to sort through them all from your mega trip! :) Jared and I are both really into WW2 history as well so I think I'd plan my trip the way you did!

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

Oh here come all of the delicious pictures of food again! I loved this recap and I'm looking forward to the rest of them!

Brianne said...

I got chills just reading this & looking at the pictures. Those views are gorgeous.

Jennifer said...

What a great post with great pictures! I feel like I've been on vacation to Normandy as well. I love a grocery store/market, especially one over seas. Thank you so much for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday!

Sara McCarty said...

Amazing! Gorgeous photos. This is on my bucket list.

Emily said...

Wow---great pictures and post! I can't imagine getting to stand there at Normandy. What a cool experience!

Also, cannot get over the food, and kind of wonder what the heck European people think of our ridiculous food in American when they're over here, ha!

Sara Elizabeth said...

Trip of a life time right here! We must get this on our next itinerary!!! I love that it was your first stop!

The Siberian American said...

I can't imagine how emotional it would be to be there! Those cliffs are huge (and stunning!). Love your food photos, of course!

Darcy said...

Wow! Stunning pictures. Pointe du Hoc seems like a must stop!
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Foxy's Domestic Side said...

Wow...just wow, and this was only day 2?!

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

Such beautiful pictures! What a cool experience to get to be at Normandy! :)

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Such beautiful places with so much history, how amazing that you got to go to Normandy. And I need to go back to France for the food... YUM! <3
Green Fashionista

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

what an absolutely amazing opportunity and experience. i'm so happy you got to go here and see all of this, i mean what matters about your trip is if it's right for you, regardless of what other people would do.

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

Uh, what a dream! I'm kind of a WWII history buff ad would LOVE to visit Normandy!! So excited for you that you got to go and experience it!! Thanks for sharing!

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