with bright colorful islands and the wonderful weather is one thing. But here, in Europe, you do not even know what to expect, to be honest.
But everything appeared to be absolutely vice versa!
We had a really good rest this time.
We didn't have the usual "cruise itinerary". More often, you come in the morning and depart in the evening. But this time, our first three ports had an overnight stop. So you can take a car (or, for example, a tour) and live a normal tourist life on the beach. It is even possible to go to some other place for 2 days and book a hotel there. You get to choose! The most important thing is that we were able to dine in local restaurants every evening, walk around evening cities, etc.
We liked it!!!
And the weather was great (up to 86 degrees!!!), only Porto didn't please us with a good weather, alas...
The most interesting place that my husband had long wanted to visit was the site of the amphibious assault landing of Allied troops in Normandy - so-called D-Day beaches.
To be honest, I knew just a little about that. I'm ashamed... It's still the most extensive operation of this kind - with about 3 million!!! soldiers who crossed the English Channel from the side of Normandy.
Therefore, I was impressed with everything - both with all those memorials with monuments and museums, and with beaches themselves, and most importantly, perhaps - with the attitude of Americans to it.
We got our car in the morning and went for a drive.
Everything is conveniently marked on the road - it is impossible to get lost.
Only the road itself took us much longer than we expected...
Canadian Juno beach was the first on our way.
The sea in this part of Normandy is very similar to the Danish one, in my opinion...
And we are going further...
One of the Canadian natives died here...
And he was buried according to all their local traditions.
And here are more pictures from there.
And we are going further. Here are pictures taken on the way to the place of landing of British troops (Gold / Sword beaches).
Omaha Beach was the last one on our route, but, first, I would like to show you this place.
American Cemetery near Omaha Beach (where 10,000 soldiers were buried) is very impressive. Those graves with crosses of white marble (I suppose, it's marble) on the perfectly green lawn - that's really impressive. Although, "impressive" is not quite the right word. I do not even know what to say, to be honest ... How to express the emotions that you experience there, next to American (mostly) tourists who came to visit relatives. Or simply to give proper respect to their fellow citizens... Many Americans were with flowers which they put near crosses.
And here's the cemetery...