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Normandy - Calvados, cheese and bunkers

Caen, Bayeux, Mont Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Arromances, Colleville, Deauville, Grandcamp.

  • Mountain of the angel

    Mont Saint-Michel is a small island in western Normandy. Being a tidal island where the natural land bridge can be hidden at high tide, it was a premier location for a stronghold as well a monastery. It also inspired Peter Jackson for the design of Minas Tirith and it is featured in the Bayeux Tapestry.

    [Mont Saint-Michel]

  • Sunset over the English channel

    [Grandcamp]

  • Walls of the conqueror

    This castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1060, being one of the largest medieval fortresses in Western Europe.

    [Chateau Ducal in Caen]

  • Black stone

    [Church of Saint-Pierre in Caen]

  • Within these walls

    The town of Bayeux may be most famous for the Bayeux tapestry, telling the tale of the Norman conquest of England in 1066. But don't miss the Norman-Romanesque cathedral built ten years later, where the tapestry was originally located.

    [The cathedral of Bayeux]

  • Within these walls

    The town of Bayeux may be most famous for the Bayeux tapestry, telling the tale of the Norman conquest of England in 1066. But don't miss the Norman-Romanesque cathedral built ten years later, where the tapestry was originally located.

    [The cathedral of Bayeux]

  • Within these walls

    The town of Bayeux may be most famous for the Bayeux tapestry, telling the tale of the Norman conquest of England in 1066. But don't miss the Norman-Romanesque cathedral built ten years later, where the tapestry was originally located.

    [The cathedral of Bayeux]

  • Windmill of your mind

    The fish we caught was really this big!

    [Linda and Reine breaking the waves at Omaha Beach in Normandy]

  • Saving Private Ryan

    During the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944, Omaha Beach was the site of chaotic mayhem. It is almost impossible to imagine the slaughter that occurred when the infantry ran across this sand towards the fortified bunkers.

    [Omaha Beach]

  • Edge of destiny

    This clifftop was a location of strategic importance for the D-Day invasion. The Germans had installed 155mm guns which could threaten the entire operation. An American Ranger battalion scaled the cliffs with ropes under enemy fire, assisted by Air Force bombing and Allied destroyers. The area is still filled with craters and broken bunkers. I also visited this eerie place during night, exploring the corroded bunkers with flashlight.

    [Pointe du Hoc]

  • Edge of destiny

    This clifftop was a location of strategic importance for the D-Day invasion. The Germans had installed 155mm guns which could threaten the entire operation. An American Ranger battalion scaled the cliffs with ropes under enemy fire, assisted by Air Force bombing and Allied destroyers. The area is still filled with craters and broken bunkers. I also visited this eerie place during night, exploring the corroded bunkers with flashlight.

    [Pointe du Hoc]

  • Remains of Mulberry

    What's left of Port Winston, the temporary Mulberry harbor. Since they were constructed to last for six months, it's no wonder that most of it is gone 60 years later.

    [Arromances]

  • Echoes of eternity

    The cemetary close to Omaha Beach contains the graves of over 9000 soldiers from the allied invasion 1944.

    [American cemetary in Colleville-sur-Mer]

  • Smurf house

    Deauville and Trouville are almost like a single town, since only a small water quay separates them.

    [Deauville]

  • Prince of tides

    At low tide, you can walk for miles across the sand surrounding Mont Saint-Michel. But be careful, the tide comes in at one metre per second.

    [View from Mont Saint-Michel]

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