Hello again everyone,|
After I wrote last night I went down to see the show in the ship's theater. It was the best show I have ever seen on a cruise ship. It was the MacDonald Brothers, two Scottish guys who sang and played several different instruments. The were both amazing. Much better than the boring hypnotist that performed tonight.
Today I had to get up early for the trip to Normandy. When we left the port of Le Havre for Normandy it was still dark outside and pouring rain. It was a two hour drive to the landing beaches of Normandy. By the time we got there the weather had cleared nicely. Still quite cool and windy but mostly sunny. Below is a picture of our first stop at La Pointe du Hoc.
The picture below is another one of the cliffs of La Pointe du Hoc.
Our next stop was at Omaha Beach.
Our next stop was on United States soil at the U.S. Cemetary.
Below is a closer look at the rows of graves. This is only one very small portion. They go on for as far as the eye can see practically.
Next we were off to lunch. On our way to lunch we were driving on the narrow French roads between the small villages when this van came around the corner going way too fast and side-swiped the side of the bus. Luckily it didn't do much damage to the bus and the cops let us proceed to the restaurant and they did the accident reports as we were eating. It was a very good lunch. We ate at the country club at the Omaha Beach Golf Course.
After lunch our final stop of the day was at Arromanches. A pretty little town right on the beach.
So far I have been very lucky with the weather. We have had a lot of rain, but usually it is overnight. My slacks and shoes are a muddy mess from walking around on the soggy ground all day. My last photo of the day was taken just before we left Arromanches looking out on the landing beaches of Normandy.
It was a two hour drive back to Le Havre. By the time we got back it was dark again. So I can't tell you what Le Havre looks like as I have never seen it in daylight. We sailed away at 8:00 tonight. The Captain has informed us that we can expect a bumpy ride for the next 24 hours or so. Sustained winds over 40mph and large swells. The worst being tomorrow as we cross the Bay of Biscay. As I am writing this we are already rocking. We'll be at sea all day tomorrow heading for our next port of Vigo, Spain on Tuesday.
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