Monday, June 8, 2015

Family Vacation - part 2

When we started planning this vacation to Brittany/Normandy, I had one "must see" and that was Mont Saint Michelle. I was under the mistaken impression that it was a cathedral on an island - when in reality it is a city on an island, topped by a cathedral.

 The streets were narrow and wound around the mountain as they went up to the cathedral. It's amazing to think about the horses and carriages making their way through this city. We poked around a bit, checking out some interesting passageways and then headed out, as we had a long day ahead of us. Next on the agenda were the Landing Beaches and some of the villages which had significant roles in WWII. We went to the town of Bayeux which has a famous tapestry. However, after exploring this church we decided to skip the tapestry and head on to the beaches.

My brother is a history buff and so he had put together the itinerary for this part of the trip. I wasn't sure what to expect at the Landing Beaches, but found them to be beautiful, sobering, and informative.

I learned way more about history in just a few hours on these beaches then I ever did in any of my history classes. I guess I'm a hands-on learner!

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