This post is short and mostly are photos. I should probably ask Jan next time to byline some blogs because he has more to say about history than I do. 🙂 Our second day in Normandy was in the coastline where 72 years ago marked our history. Who will ever forget D-Day? We drove to D-Day beaches after Mont Saint Michel and were awed to see the remains of WW II. Jan was excited to see the cemetery and the batteries which reminded us all the valour of the soldiers who fought to liberate France during the massive assault in June 6, 1944.
Les Braves in Omaha Beach
A war memorial which represents three elements: The Wings of Hope, Rise Freedom, and the Wings Of Fraternity.
Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial Visitor Center
A gallery that honours the sacrifices of the WW II.
You’ll get out of the center proud to have seen what has transpired in the year 1944.
Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial
Batterie de Longues-sur-Mer
It was again Jan who was really looking forward to see the German battery. And it’s still there to remind us of what had happened. After the cemetery I thought that was it. But Jan was pretty sure there are still bunker somewhere in the coastline. He was not disappointed. I saw bunker first time in Denmark during Jan’s cousin’s yearly get together 2 years ago in Hvide Sande. These one’s in Normandy are worth the visit too.
Inside the battery. It was very dark and the walls are thick as well as the roof made of steel and concrete.
A long embroidery, stitched woollen yarns on linen was meticulously done, in details. A story of William who defeated Harold who seized the throne of England after King Edward’s death.
It took more or less 30 minutes to finish the story behind the tapestry, which costs us 18euros for 2. You cannot replay it again, sorry. I tried pushing the button again and again to do a second round but no, no. Upon listening to the audio guide, we’d stop and look closely to each scene as it was described clearly perfect. It was amaziiin how they stitched all the scenes. Yeah, too bad I couldn’t replay it! 🙁 Again, worth the visit! Do! read first the story so it’d be easier to follow after each scenes.
Cháteu de Balleroy
We had a luxury private tour during our visit at Cháteu de Balleroy undeliberately. We were the only visitors on an english guided tour so we had the chance to do a private by accident tour with Cassandra. She was really good, and knows the place very well.
Malcolm Forbes (yes the famous Forbes) owns the Cháteu since 1970, now functioning under his children’s supervision. Built in 1631 for Jean de Choisy by architect Francois Mansart. The cháteu actually inspired others amongst them is Versailles in Paris. I forgot how many rooms they have but each room has it’s own bathroom with each unique theme and color. It was magnificent. There was one room that had figures, photos and other things related to Napoleon Bonaparte. And the balloon figures in different color and designs were of course everywhere, which is known to be Malcolm Forbes’s hobby.
We were wowed by the preserved paintings in the ceilings despite the additions of other modern decorations and stuff in the rooms. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos inside. If you search the cháteu via wikipedia, there is neither photos of the inside.
We could only wish we also have a cháteu as beautiful as this. 🙂
The building or pavilion to the left were used for the guests. The one to the right was for the horses. The two tall framed buildings parallel to the cháteu on both sides is for the birds and a guard respectively. Cassandra said, it was made to give an illusion that the cháteu looks bigger than what it really is from afar.
It was one good day about our history & remembering the past.