Where is Shirley? travel blog

The memorial - American Cemetary at Omaha

"The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves" - American Cemetary...

Operation OVERLORD 1

Operation OVERLORD 2

Some of the 9,000 crosses - American Cemetary at Omaha

Some of the 9,000 crosses overlooking the sea - American Cemetary at...

2 - Some of the 9,000 crosses - American Cemetary at Omaha

Memorial - American Cemetary at Omaha

Looking from the memorial - American Cemetary at Omaha

Visitor Centre - American cemetery

On our way to Arromanches

Climbing the hill at Arromanches

The remnants on the beach at Arromanches

Rooftops and spires

Ivy up the -

Strolling the streets of Arromanches

Bayeux - anyone for dinner

Bayeux - picturesque

Outside the Bayeux Tapestry Museum

Down the lane in Bayeux

Exploring Bayeux 1

Exploring Bayeux 2

Exploring Bayeux 3

Exploring Bayeux 4

Exploring Bayeux 5

Exploring Bayeux 6

That water wheel again

Disney meets the Da Vinci Code

Mont St Michel - strolling the streets 1

Mont St Michel - strolling the streets 2

Food time

And they call this a street - doesn't pay to eat too...

And the tides are racing in

The Abbey

Anyone for a drink?

The spire on top of the Abbey

How Mont St Michel was formed 1

How Mont St Michel was formed 2

How Mont St Michel was formed 3

How Mont St Michel was formed 4

Shirley enjoying Mont St Michel

Abbey at Mont St Michel

Inside the abbey at Mont St Michel

Mesmerized - inside the abbey at Mont St Michel 1

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Mesmerized - inside the abbey at Mont St Michel 3

Mesmerized - inside the abbey at Mont St Michel 4

Mesmerized - inside the abbey at Mont St Michel 5

Mesmerized - inside the abbey at Mont St Michel 6

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Mesmerized - inside the abbey at Mont St Michel 10

Mesmerized - inside the abbey at Mont St Michel 11

Mesmerized - inside the abbey at Mont St Michel 12

Coaches & cars on the causeway - Mont St Michel

Mesmerized - Mont St Michel

Mesmerized - Mont St Michel 2

Mesmerized - Mont St Michel 3

Mesmerized - Mont St Michel 4

Mesmerized - Mont St Michel 5

Mesmerized - Mont St Michel 6

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Mesmerized - Mont St Michel 9

Mesmerized - Mont St Michel 10

Sun is starting to set on Mont St Michel 1

Sun is starting to set on Mont St Michel 2

Sun is starting to set on Mont St Michel 3

Sun is starting to set on Mont St Michel 4

Sun is starting to set on Mont St Michel 5

Sun is starting to set on Mont St Michel 6


First stop was the beaches where the allied troops landed more than 60 years ago.

American Cemetery at Omaha - overwhelming - over 9,000 headstones - cemetery beautifully kept - somehow peaceful surrounded by bush while overlooking the beach & cliffs. The memorial features a 22 foot impressive statue "The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves". The visitor centre shows the significance and the meaning of Operation OVERLORD & honors the values & sacrifices of the World War 11 generation.

Arromanches - remnants of the makeshift harbour - landing areas. Tried a savoury crepe here (not impressed).

Bayeux - we saw the 70 metre long bayeux Tapestry that was commissioned in 1077. It recounts the story of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 (58 remarkable scenes).

Mont St Michel - from a distance it looked like something out of Disney meets the Da Vinci Code. A salvo of spires rising out of a barnacle of rock washed up on a huge expanse of galloping sand, where its skirts are swilled by the tide. Except, the spires pre-date anything Disney ever did by 1,000 yrs and have stood up to centuries of storms.

This was to be a highlight on this excursion - I approached this mysterious looking isolated monastery with much excitement and wasn't disappointed.

Within the walls we wound our way through a medieval village of beamed and gabled inns, restaurants and souvenior shops, emerging eventually at the entrance of the abbey itself. Here we explored the various elements of the complex (barbican, fort, crypt, chapel, cellars, great hall), all built around the constraints imposed by the rock on which it was erected.

After dinner we ventured out onto the causeway to see Mont St Michel in all it's splendour. It was lit up from skirt to spire like a Gothic rocket looking like it was making a vain attempt to get to heaven - amazing - thoughts of Archangel Michael.

Truly a day to remember!

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