I have always been interested in WW2 history and always wanted to go see the D-Day beaches. I've visited Pearl Harbor, Corridor Island and Bataan, and various museums across Europe but I never made it to Normandy. After we left Honfleur, we made our way to Bayeux with an afternoon stop in Caen. In Caen, we checked out the old castle and then made our way to the Caen Memorial Museum. It outlines all off the war and was very interesting! I think we spent close to 4 hours there and Jane also found it worth the time.
The next day we set out to visit Juno beach, the Longues-sur-Mer battery and Omaha beach. We arrived at the Juno beach site in the morning and spent some time checking out the bunkers and defenses that cost 340 Canadians their lives. The Canadian War Museum was interesting and also offered up some info on Canada's participation in the World War I battles nearby.
After Juno beach, we headed to the Longues-sur-Mer battery. It is situated between Omaha beach and Gold beach and has huge guns that were capable of firing up to 12 miles away. Most of it was destroyed during the invasion but the bunkers and guns are still there.
Finally we headed off to Omaha beach which suffered the most casualties of any beach during the D-Day Invasion. When we walked up to it the first thing I noticed was the size of the beach compared to Juno. It was huge and we were high up on a hill, very different from the scene we saw at Juno.
It was quite humbling to be where so many people lost their lives. It is also hard to grasp and quantify the amount of destruction and loss of life during World War 2. Normandy is definitely worth your time as a travel destination if for nothing more than to remind us of the brutality of war.
Lest We Forget