When J and I were in Paris, we took a road trip to Normandy, Saint-Malo and Mont Saint-Michel
It's pretty surreal to stand on the same ground where so much happened. I've been watching a lot of war documentaries lately, especially this past week before Remembrance Day. I used to hate watching any movies dealing with war because it was too emotional, but it's important not to forget or to avoid things that are uncomfortable to watch.
Concrete pylons used to block tanks
Bunkers hidden in the hills
Can you spot them?
Pointe du Hoc
The ruins of destroyed concrete bunkers
are actually a play park for whippets
Pointe du Hoc was probably the most mind blowing for me.
"Before the 5th Ranger Battalion landing on Dog White sector on Omaha Beach, during the Invasion of Normandy, the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled the 150-foot (46 m) cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, a few miles to the west, to destroy a six-gun battery of captured French Canon de 155 mm GPF guns. Under constant fire during the climb, they encountered only a small company of Germans on the cliffs and the artillery withdrawn some 500 meters. The guns were later found and destroyed, and the Rangers cut and held the main road for two days before being relieved."
In the countryside on the way to Saint-Malo
Patiently waiting for dad
The view of Mont Saint-Michel off in the distance is like something out of a fairy tale
I'm not going to lie, I may have pretended I was in Lord of the Rings in the abbey (in my head only, I swear...)