One of the most moving and interesting places to visit in France are the beaches of Normandy in north-west France where the World War 2 D-Day landings took place. All along the coastline there are museums and memorials devoted to the invasion by the allies in June, 1944. There are also being Canadian, my friend Laurie and I visited the Canadian museum and pavilion at the Juno Beach Centre located in Courseulles-sure-Mer. We also visited the war museums in Arromanches and Caen. All are extremely well done and moving.
Other beaches to visit include:
- Omaha Beach (American)—main landing of the US forces
- Utah Beach (American)
- Gold Beach (British)
- Sword Beach (British)
We also visited one of the Canadian cemeteries (in Beny-sur-Mer) and what was so startling was the age of many of the 2044 soldiers buried here—-many were only 17 years old when they died. Throughout Normandy there are cemeteries for the soldiers of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Poland.