Posted by: lifeonislandtime | July 29, 2022

Normandy 3.0

So, Normandy. For the third time. Why, you ask? I know it sounds smug, but if you haven’t been you wouldn’t understand. We had a nice 3 bedroom condo on Omaha beach, and probably the nicest rental car we’ve ever had. It had all the bells and whistles, and then some! We started at the American cemetery, and my parents were overwhelmed. It’s difficult to describe the power of the cemetery and it’s immaculate rows of white.

Because it was still hot (85 in Normandy!) we went back to the flat and went swimming (well, Trav and I did anyway). I still can’t get over the fact that I went swimming on Omaha Beach. The water was surprisingly warm, or maybe it was just that I was so hot. Dinner that night was at a local restaurant, and though the dinner was good, dessert was spectacular.

The next day was basically what we covered on our first trip 10 years ago. We started at St. Mere-Eglise, and the weekly market was on. After the church and museum, we queued up for a hot cooked sausage and some paella with chicken. Both were excellent.

Next was a whirlwind of sites until dinner time. To end the evening, we stopped at the tiny supermarket in Vierville-sur-Mer, the town we stayed in. Of course, town is a bit generous, as it was a church, a bar, the market, and a handful of houses with a traffic circle. We got cider, beer, cheese, crackers, sausage, and of course cookies and candy. We took these back and had a charcuterie plate for dinner.

The next morning, we loaded up,and came back to Paris. My dad put it best though: Normandy is like the Grand Canyon; you can see pictures of it, but you don’t truly “get it” until you see it in person.


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