Normandy Day Trips

By Philippa Burne, UK, May 2012

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The D-Day landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944 were the beginning of the end of World War II much due to the  heroic action by Allied troops including US and British forces, to begin taking Europe back from the Nazis.

The 50-mile (80-km) stretch of beaches codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword are now one of the most visited sites in France, housing memorial museums (at Caen and Bayeaux), cemeteries (Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial) and a self-guided walk at Omaha Beach (Circuit de la Plage d’Omaha), the site of the worst fighting. The clifftop American cemetery above Omaha Beach is haunting with its rows of plain white crosses covering 170 acres (70ha) and containing nearly 10,000 US soldiers who were killed in action during WWII. A memorial nearby is inscribed with the names of the missing or unidentified dead.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Paris Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Paris.

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