Monday, June 21, 2010

Norman Conquests

Yesterday we went to Bayeux to see the tapestry. It's a thousand years old and depicts William the Conqueror and the Normans conquering Britain in 1066. There is a fitting symmetry in the fact that at a nearby World War II memorial, an inscription reads: "We, whom William once conquered, have now set free the conqueror's native land":

We then visited the Museum at Caen, which depicts the steps leading up to World War II and eventually the Normandy landings in 1944:

Then to Point Du Hoc, where US soldiers scaled the cliffs to disable German guns prior to the D-Day landings:

And Pegasus Bridge, where three Allied gliders landed and the soldiers saved the bridge:

Arromanches is a coastal town where the Allies unloaded prefabricated marinas, named Mulberry Harbours. It's a very pretty town. Our friends were staying in the corner building with blue shutters:

Parts of the portable harbours can be seen in the distance, still there after 60 years:

Who could fail to be moved by the American war cemetery above Omaha Beach. It features in the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan, one of my favourite films:

Then we went back to Bayeux for a dinner of galettes, a buckwheat pancake traditionally made with sausage. They were accompanied, as is customary, by local cider in an earthenware bowl:


What a day! Certainly full of food for thought.

3 comments:

Flick, said...

A crazy day! Wow you are seeing so many great places, thanks for sharing them and all the pics, that pancake looks interesting...
:) Flick

陳芳 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。....................................................................

雅竹 said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。....................................................................

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