Saturday, September 26, 2015

France and how it's good to be home

To be fair, we've been home for a couple of weeks but between our latest two trips there was a lot of work to be done and many things had to take a backseat.

We stayed in Paris for a week with a few excursions and saw most of the tourist type places (from the outside). Neither of us are into art, the tower was a tower, etc. When I tell people we slept in, had good food and ran a lot, they usually have an eye roll or two. The only reason we went to France was to visit Normandy, specifically Omaha beach, where my Grandfather landed.

We visited the American cemetery, Point Du Hoc, Aramanche, Omaha and more. It was a whirlwind of a day, and very emotional. You can read about it, look at photo's, watch movies about it, etc. Nothing actually captured the area like being there in person. To stand on Omaha beach and look out at low tide and actually see how much beach had to be crossed under fire... well I'm just amazed anyone survived at all. Looking at what was once flat sections of land now crater holed for miles, crawling in and out of the German bunkers and murder holes, reading the names of the missing at the cemetery, etc. Overwhelming.
This is how much beach had to be crossed, plus another 200 feet behind me. Bloody Omaha.
South edge of Omaha as seen from Point Du Hoc

Edge of Omaha, looking down from the cemetery
Utah 'beach' is around the far point. This is from Point Du Hoc where the 2nd Rangers assaulted

It's good to be home, work is in upheaval and we have to finish getting ready for winter. We are at the cabin enjoying some anti-social time. At least the people in France were really friendly, not what we had expected but it was refreshing.


  1. Glad y'all had a good time. Welcome home!

  2. Thanks! Busy weekend in the hills but at least things are on our schedule again.

  3. Admittedly my experiences in Europe are dated but the only time I ever encountered people who were less than polite (not counting Italians) was Germans outside of Germany. I wouldn't say they were rude but they had different kinds of manners I guess that sometimes were a bit too much.

    France was always wonderful but not as orderly as Germany though.

  4. Great photos. I have seen the beach and the rows and rows of crosses and agree it is a wonder that anyone survived to come home.