Since the Allied forces landed on the shores of Normandy, this French region has had a special meaning for many men and their families. For many, it became the place where they died while others, who survived World War II, look back and remember the loss of friends (often family members) on the beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Sadly for many who survived the first batch of beaches, they faced stronger German opposition than expected, and many lost their lives. The Battle of Normandy was one of the greatest military clashes in the world, and Victory Day remains one of the most important dates in World War II history.
To this day, there is a great deal of interest in the battle of Normandy and many veterans, their children and grandchildren are visiting the area for a holiday tour. Many people visit military cemeteries to see if they can find the graves of a fallen friend or loved one. With the growing interest in genealogy, there are a growing number of young people visiting Normandy to see if they can discover the tomb of grandfather or grandfather.
For those interested in this period of Normandy world history, France has a number of very interesting sites. It is still possible to see one of the battery bed casemates which houses 150 mm cannons and protect the beaches from invasion. Other ruins exist at various stages of production such as the unfinished Mont Fleury battery, which is essentially a breeze block shell. Some local landmarks were damaged by the shelling, such as the Mont Fleury lighthouse, which is closed to the public.
Today Normandy is a thriving holiday area with excellent rural and wonderful beaches, and there are a number of Normandy guides available to help plan your holiday. One of the most exciting ways to enjoy the area is by taking one of the motorcycle tours that are often available. If you are lucky enough to have good weather this is simply the best way to travel from one location to another.
If you are unable to take a bike tour in Normandy, there are a number of organizations offering alternatives such as Battlebus offering the beaches of Tour of the Day and the battlefields that are popular among visitors from America. Other companies offer a more detailed personal service, often in a small car-type carrier, often this type of tour is more flexible and there is often a choice of routes.
If you are planning a vacation in Normandy, France and are considering booking a hotel in Normandy, consider taking a vacation in two centers such as spending time in Paris or even traveling to other areas in France. For those who travel from as far away as these breaks U.S.A. It may be the only opportunity to explore Europe. Whatever you decide we hope you have a wonderful time.