Bayeux Day 2

Today we visited the cities of  Ste Mere Eglise and Carentan, both were French cities that US airborne troops captured. These cities were significant because of their location. Both cities were above the areas that the Nazi's flooded. making them tactically significant. Also Carentan was at the center of a lots of roads leading to the various regions of France. In Ste Mere Eglise, there was a memorial for a soldier who got hung up on the chapel of the Church. You can see a rubber soldier handing from a parachute on the church steeple. We also visited a museum dedicated to the airborn troops in Ste Mere Eglise. There was a life size model of a glider and a bomber. There were also lots of models of soldiers and real WWII weapons. I liked the presentation of the weapons here better then the Imperial War Museum. After the cities we went to Gold Beach, another beach front attacked by the Allies. Along the route to the beach there were road markers with the names of the soldiers who died. On all the beaches there were old bombed out bunkers. When we got done touring the sites, we went out to a good French dinner. It cost 21 Euros, about 30 US. It was great though, a full 3 course meal, starting with oysters, followed by rabbit and ending with a creme brulée.

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