Normandy and Home

Our flight from Kigali, Rwanda to Brussels was uneventful and pleasant.

In addition to our week in Africa, we added on two days in Europe.

We rented a car in Brussels and drove over to Normandy.

I’ve long wanted to tour the D-Day sites, and it was everything I had thought it would be, and more.

We had an all day tour with a very experienced guide, and Will and I learned a lot about this important chapter in American and world history.

The D-Day landing, on June 6, 1944, is something I’ve read a lot about and seen in several movies.

Recently I read a new book, D-Day, by Antony Beevor — I heartily recommend it.

And we had planned to see Saving Private Ryan again, but didn’t get that done — but we will soon.

Will and I saw Arromanches, where some of the key events occurred, and then Omaha Beach — the most celebrated of the landing spots.

The beach is very broad — and it was incredible to stand there and imagine running up onto the shore, and trying to find cover from the shots raining down.

We then went to the American Cemetery — an awesome and impressive spot — with rows and rows of crosses.

Finally went went to Pointe du Hoc, where the American Rangers scaled the cliffs — an act of heroism that is almost beyond belief.

I strongly recommend that you do such a tour if you possibly can. We are changed because of this experience.

Then we drove back to Brussels and flew home — arriving safe and sound.

Will and I are already talking about the 2012 trip — lots of discussion and planning to come.

Stay tuned for more!

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