We opted for something different and decided to take the ferry across the English Channel. A visit to Normandy was on our "to do" list while living here in the UK. It would also be a great opportunity for us all to visit the beaches of D-Day, something the boys could relate to their country and school work when they returned. Although the weather was less than desirable we made the best of it and had a relaxing weekend.
leaving NewHaven, UK
arriving in Dieppe, France
Saturday morning we walked out our door to enjoy the Honfleur market - Dillon was delighted to find fresh made Nutella crepes. Not sure there could be a better breakfast.
sausage and sauerkraut
so many food choices available
we left the market and made our way along the coast visiting the beaches from WWII
Juno beach where the Canadians landed and one of their memorials
Mulberry Harbor - it was constructed in England and towed across the channel to France.
Omaha Beach from the cemetery
The American cemetery above Omaha Beach
one of the memorial structures at Omaha Beach
a memorial down on Omaha Beach
we woke up to snow
St. Catherine's church - the oldest wooden church in France
Samuel De Champlain embarked from the Honfleur harbor for Canada
this building in Rouen still shows the damage from the war
where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake
Dillon the gargoyle
The short trip was a great opportunity to see some places that played a major role in history and maybe we can return one day when the weather is pleasant and enjoy the warm beaches with good food.