Saturday, June 15, 2013

Normandy


June 15, 2013 9:00 PM—Bayeux

Today we left Paris and took the train to Caen, which is a small town in the Normandy region of France. This is where we rented a car from. Unfortunately the rental car place is closed from 12 to 2. I guess it is their siesta time. So when our train got into the station at around 12:20 we had to wait almost 2 hours for the place to open again. Believe it or not we weren't the only people who did this. There were at least 6 or 8 other groups of people who were doing the exact same thing.


Once we got our little car, we really got going. We drove from Caen to Bayeux, which is the next town over, and then out to the coast to go see the D-Day beaches. We ended up at the Omaha Beach, which is the beach where there is the most to see. We went to the American cemetery where they buried over 9,000 Americans who died during World War II. These were not just people who died on D-Day, but others who died throughout the war. There is also a visitors center there, which serves as a small museum. Once we went in the visitor center and saw the cemetery and the memorial, we went down to the beach.










After seeing the Omaha Beach we decided to return to Bayeux where we are staying tonight and tomorrow night. Tomorrow we are going to Mont St. Michel, which is about an hour and a half from here. Getting around here in a car seems much easier than it would have been in public transportation. We are just a little too remote for public transport to work real well. Luckily we were able to rent a car. Neither of us have an international drivers license and, in fact, I don't currently have a drivers license at all. But the car rental place gave us a car with no questions asked and its going pretty good.


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