Normandy – Day 3

Canadian Cemetery near Juno Beach

Canadian Cemetery near Juno Beach

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

Good morning everyone! Our WiFi was intermittent last night so I decided to wait until this morning to update my blog. We left our hotel in Caen yesterday with our luggage and started our War Tour. We started with a tour of the Caen War Memorial. It highlights (and explains) all of the wars Europe has been involved in and houses some old artifacts. From there, we proceeded to the Canadian cemetery. It is located just a few miles from Juno Beach where the Canadian Army landed to help do their part to free France from Hitler’s Army on June 6, 1944. We just happen to be travelling with a chaperone from another group who was born two days before D-Day – she explained that her family had to hide in a bomb shelter in the middle of a field 4km south of Omaha Beach (where the U.S. Army landed) – incredible! From the cemetery, we went to a grocery store to buy our lunch and then had a “picnic” lunch inside the Juno Memorial Centre – we were supposed to eat outside but it rained a bit on our way to the memorial so everything was wet. After Juno Beach, we drove to Pointe du Hoc where the American Army held their air raid on Hitler’s Army to be sure that the land soldiers could scale the cliffs and help remove the Germans. The craters from the bombs are still there as are remnants of the bunkers built by the Nazi German Army. After touring Pointe du Hoc, we drove to Dinan where our new hotel is located and where we will stay one more night.