Thursday, September 16, 2010

Normandy, France

Hello everyone! How are y'all on this lovely Thursday? I'm great, seeing as how the weekend is just around the corner! Boy, my posts have become totally sporadic! But I'm going to try to be better about blogging. Not only about our adventures but our everyday life, so that in the future I can look back on this blog and remember the Adventures of Jon and Steph.

Jon, myself, and a coworker of Jon's took a road trip to Normandy a couple of weekends ago. We spent four nights there, Friday through Tuesday. During our trip we had the chance to visit some incredible sites from World War II and learn so much more about the war itself. It was such an awesome opportunity to see where our soldiers fought against the German soldiers, and learn the history behind such a devastating war.

The first day in Normandy we visited Longues sur Mer, Arromanches, The US Cemetery, D-Day beaches, and Pointe Du Hoc. Here are the pictures from the first day of our adventure to Normandy. I linked each site to Wikipedia if you'd like to learn more.

It wouldn't be a normal "Steph" post if it didn't involve a ridiculous amount of pictures...

Longues sur Mer
was our first stop. This location houses several abandoned German artillery batteries used during WWII. As you can see from some of the pictures, there are several gun holes from where our troops attacked the batteries.
From there we visited Arromanches. This is where our troops built an artificial port for bringing all of the tanks and ground equipment ashore.

From Arromanches we drove to the U.S. Cemetery to see the museum and visit the 10,000+ graves of our fallen soldiers. Here are MORE pictures!
We saw several fallen soldiers from Oklahoma.

From the U.S. Cemetery we walked down to the beach and explored yet another German artillery battery.

We hiked back up the hill, where we then drove to Pointe du Hoc. Pointe du Hoc was such an incredible site to see. This was a point of attack for the US Army during WWII. This was another area the Germans had taken control of and built 6 artillery batteries. This point is in between both Omaha Beach and Utah Beach where our troops landed, and these batteries could defend both beaches. This area is covered with bomb craters from the attack by the US Army. It was completely unbelievable to be standing in these craters. The pictures DO NOT do Pointe du Hoc justice.

Jon standing in one of the bomb craters.
Look at the ground covered with bomb craters!
Me! Look at the size of this crater!!
The beautiful view from Pointe du Hoc.

The first day of our trip was an awesome adventure. I am so glad we had the opportunity to see such amazing sites from WWII and learn so much in one day! It was definitely an experience I will never forget.

Tomorrow I will post MORE pictures from our trip to Normandy.
The second day of our trip was spent at Mont St. Michel! I can't wait to share our pictures with you guys. Here's a little sneak peak...

I hope you all enjoy your Thursday!

1 comment:

JG said...

Wow. How overwhelming. That's on my list of dream destinations. That one of the craters