This is one of the last “must do” things on our list. We rented a car today and drove out to the Normandy coast to visit the D-Day beaches and the American Cemetery. We had a cute little Renault Clio which is a 1.5 liter 4 door but it would cruise nicely at 130 kmph on the motorway! We went by almost all of the important beaches including; Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah, but I would say by far the most compelling site is the American Cemetery above Omaha beach. It is perhaps the most impressive experience I have had on this trip. It is hard to explain the feelings that this location creates in ones self. It is well worth the effort to get here! After our tour of the beaches we went to the little town of St. Mere Eglise which was made famous in several WWII movies. You may remember a scene of a parachutist hanging from a church steeple. Well, that scene is recreated on the church itself with a parachutist still up there today! Our drive home was mainly uneventful (which is good) with our main challenge being trying to pay the tolls on the motorway!

Reflection pool at the American Cemetary