Coming to Normandy? Please help.

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Aug 11th, 2003, 09:11 AM
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Coming to Normandy? Please help.

Hello,

this might sound like a strange question but I would be interested know about anybody who is travelling from the States to the D-day beaches of Normandy in the near future or who has just been there.

I'm a Finnish journalist myself, living in Brussels at the moment and writing a story for which I would need some help.

I would be pleased to get in touch with somebody who is be willing to tell how he/she feels about travelling to Normandy nowadays. Also, I would be happy to hear the views of anybody who has decided not to come to France after all because of the tensions between the US and France.

If you feel like helping, please contact me on [email protected] - after replacing the xx with the correct domain name fi!

gratefully,

Minna
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Aug 20th, 2003, 04:29 PM
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I am going in Oct and would love to give you any feedback that I can.
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Aug 20th, 2003, 06:05 PM
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we just returned from Normandy. The people were wonderful and very gracious. Had some minor misinformation on hours of operation, availability of some services, etc but nothing that would indicate or be the result of any 'tensions'. Took a wonderful tour of the D-Day beaches with Col. Michael Chilcott who lives near Bayeux. We also went to St Mere Eglise and the Caen Memorial. All in all, our family found the trip to be enjoyable but very hot; educational and at times, moving. Seeing the American cemetary with the crosses and stars of David enscribed with names from so many nationalities (hispanic, anglo, central european descent) brought home the fact that ours is a nation of many who all fought for one ideal....freedom.
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Aug 20th, 2003, 07:50 PM
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We also just returned from a trip to Normandy. We thoroughly enjoyed it. I have two teenagers who are very interested in history and have read alot about WWII. And we were very lucky to have a wonderful guide who possessed a real passion for the history of the D-day invasion. He made history come "alive" for us. We toured the beaches, the American cemetery, St. Marie Eglaise, and several other sites. Our guide was an invasion re-enactor and his parents lived through the invasion on their local farm where they still live today. All in all, it was an unforgetable experience. Maria

The time flew by and our one day tour made us all want to return for at least a week in the area.
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Aug 20th, 2003, 07:56 PM
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Sorry, reread post and realized I spelled St. Mere Eglise wrong. Our guide urged us to watch the movie, "The Longest Day" which we did when we returned and it gave a pretty accurate rendition of the history of the invasion. I want to see the HBO series, "The Band of Brothers", now which he also highly recommended. Maria
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Aug 21st, 2003, 01:41 PM
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Aussie603: Where did you find this great guide?
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Aug 21st, 2003, 03:18 PM
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ttt... Can't wait to learn Aussie's reply concerning the Normandy guide!
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