Pros:Steeped in American history, yet embedded with French charm
Cons:somewhat difficult to Navigate on your own
The Bottom Line: It was a wonderful trip and one that also brings the American history of what our soldiers accomplished in WW II to life
We stopped for one night in Normandy on a week long trip through France. Although we had spent several days visiting the Loire Valley region, we wanted to experience the D day sites.As we our baby boomers, our in depth knowledge of WWII was somewhat limited, so we used the services of a guide to take us not only to the major sites, but also to the more out of the way sites, and give us the historical background of each. This service, provided by English ex-pat. John Flaherty made our trip a once in a lifetime experience. We walked the craters of Pointe du Hoc, experienced the parachutists travail at St Mere Eglise, and were moved to tears when visiting the graves at the American Cemetery. We also viewed the Patton memorial, and went to the German cemetery, where the soldiers are buried 6 deep, as they lost the war and were not given much ground for burial.
If you can do it, make sure to visit Normandy. Although we are not affiliated with Hand Maid Tours, we most highly recommend John and Hand Maid Tours, as he and his wife Elaine will provide a guide service to the WWII sites that you will never forget. He can be found at www.handmaidtours.com.
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Best Suited For: Families
Best Time to Travel Here: Sep - Nov