Omaha Beach- D Day landings took place here and on nearby beaches all around. A long and open beautiful beach today. We actually camped one night just above the beach on an overlook. The kids found seashells and played in the pools of seawater left behind by the tide.
Does anyone know what this seashell is called? We found several, in delicate yet perfect condition. Arleigh though, crushed them. Addie cried....
We asked the kids to be sure to mind the signs for "silence and respect". As we were leaving though, I caught a glimpse of this....
I have to believe that if those soldiers could look up from their tombstones, they'd have chuckled too.
(and FYI we did stop to pull those short up to a more respectable level).
Caen had a moving museum, with free childcare for kids. They said at the entrance that it was not appropriate for kids to go through the museum and I'm glad we heeded their advice. Cold, black and white images of hangings, the horror of Holocaust, and starving women and children were located throughout. Matt and I perused the museum a bit, but missed having the kids with us. At lunchtime, we decided to pull them from the childcare and move on to something the entire family could do.
We found a museum that, although not so sophisticated, seemed to meet our needs and was safe for the kids viewing.
Pointe du Hoc was well worth the venture beyond Omaha beach. It lies just a few miles to the west of Omaha Beach and was the point where US Rangers scaled tall cliffs to take possession of the area.