Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11/11

When J and I were in Paris, we took a road trip to Normandy, Saint-Malo and Mont Saint-Michel

Juno Beach
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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.

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Bunker
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Concrete pylons used to block tanks
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Omaha Beach
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Bunkers hidden in the hills
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Can you spot them?
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Pointe du Hoc
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The ruins of destroyed concrete bunkers
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are actually a play park for whippets
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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Under constant fire during the climb, they encountered only a small company of Germans on the cliffs and the artillery withdrawn some 500 meters.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."

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In the countryside on the way to Saint-Malo
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Patiently waiting for dad
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The view of Mont Saint-Michel off in the distance is like something out of a fairy tale
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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...)
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10 comments:

L.L. said...

How very appropriate for this occasion.

A La Mode said...

This is so fascinating, it's important not to forget. I would like to visit this place one day, so much history and emotion behind every rock.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

I see the hillside bunkers, yes.
Thank you for this wonderful post. Powerful images. Even Santos looks solemn. Perhaps she feels the energy of what happened at Juno Beach.

Genuine Lustre said...

Haunting. Was the cathedral damaged in the war?
My son is currently serving in the 1st Ranger Batt and we've read a lot of this history - would love to make a visit someday.

Stephanie said...

A La Mode- I highly recommend visiting!

GL- I found this information: "In WW2, the island was occupied by the Nazi’s and used as a shelter. Years of military advantage that had transformed the abbey into a strategic defensive front had finally made an ironic turn for the worst. Priceless abbey records dating back to its earliest years as well as collections of illuminated manuscripts were taken to Saint-Lô for safe keeping, however, all were destroyed during the D Day attacks in 1944."

Gerry said...

Beautiful photos!

The idea of a park for whippets intrigues me...

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Stephanie said...

Gerry- she had a grand ole time. She ran up and down the trails, explored bunkers and different blast holes all on her own.

A said...

Hi! Where have you bought Santos collar? Thanks!

Stephanie said...

A- her collar is from here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheModDog