quarta-feira, 29 de outubro de 2014

Mont Saint Michel interior – Lose yourself in the streets of this fortress

From inside we get an amazing view to the bay, but get ready, there is a few steps to take until you reach the top.

There you can see the gothic abbey, one of the most impressive constructions from the Middle Ages.

Walking in the tight streets, we will find museum’s and stores with local pastry and other products from the region.

quinta-feira, 16 de outubro de 2014

Mont Saint Michel exterior – Symbol of wonder and resistance

Next to the river Couesnon, between Normandy and Bretagne, we can find this huge monument, in a rocky island surrounded by a beautiful bay, and only connected by a road the continent.

It became a symbol of the French national identity, because this fortress resisted to all the attempts of conquer by the English army.

When the tide is low, the bravest try to walk in the muddy surroundings of the fortress, but watch out! Don’t park your car for too long or it will be floating when the tide rises again.

quinta-feira, 9 de outubro de 2014

Sainte-Mère-Église – Hanging from the Church Tower

This place gain is fame by o airborne trooper named John Steele, who on the D-Day landed in the church tower, and in the next 2 hours pretended to be dead, later he was captured by the Germans but he escaped to join once again the Allied army.

A dummy was putted in the place where the trooper once was, making the place a touristic attraction.

The town is very calm, especially not in the summer time, surrounded by green fields. Is a must see if you are searching for important landmarks from the WWII.

quarta-feira, 17 de setembro de 2014

Carentan – A Gate to the Normandy and full of friendly people

This town has is history in the WWII, being the battle to protect the occupied allied beaches of Omaha and Utah.
But the place is ideal for staying the night and go see all the atractions nearby, is near almost every place in Normandy that had some history. 

We stayed at the wonderful Chambre d'hotes there, with an amazing family, that welcome us with the typical food from the region. If you intend to visit Normandy, consider using this chain, is a piece of Normandy you will experience! 

quarta-feira, 10 de setembro de 2014

La Cambe German Cemetery - The story isn’t black and white

There are approximately 21 000 troops buried in this cemetery near Bayeux, Normandy.
Le Cambe was an original site of a battlefield, his maintenance unlike the American is made by volunteers and schools in field trips.

The war is always unfair, especially to the people who were forced to fight or that weren’t well informed. Regardless of the side you are on families were destroyed just because of a need to conquer the world, and that never ends well.