|The Family On Omaha Beach|
So, Matt sat down with Axis and Allies, a World War II board game, and went over the invasions with the girls the best way he knew how. Olivia, especially, asked a lot of questions. When we arrived in Normandy and got to the beaches, she did remember a lot of what he told her and asked a lot more questions. Both girls remained quiet and respectful nearly the entire time. We went to one of the museums and saw a video. The museums had life-size figures acting out war scenes. Some of them in which soldiers were being carried onto an ambulance. Lila had nightmares one night due to this.
|Omaha Beach Memorials|
|The Girls in a Bomb Crater From the War Decades Prior|
|Pointe du Hoc|
|Ranger Memorial on Pont du Hoc|
|Spot Where Ranger's Came Up During Battle on Pointe du Hoc|
|Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial|
If you're planning a trip to Normandy, there are plenty of campgrounds in the area. We stayed at Reine Mathilde. It was quite nice as we had planned to tent and found ourselves arriving to downpours and heavy winds. We stayed in one of their small trailers that had a bathroom. Very small - but, nice. Stove top and porch with picnic table. You can sign up for fresh bread and croissants every evening and pick them up in the morning. Very inexpensive. There is free wifi in store/bar/rec room. Very quiet place with a nice pool (which we did not have the pleasure of using due to the weather, much to the girls' dismay). You can find the website to the campground here: www.camping-normandie-rm.fr
Overall, we had a great trip - much better than expected, despite the rainy weather. I highly recommend!! Normandy is beautiful and there is plenty to see.