From Caen, we drove along the coast (D-Day beaches) where the Battle of Normandy occurred during World War II and visited the Normandy American Cemetary and Memorial on Omaha Beach. The land was granted by the French government to commemorate the brave fighters in the battle against the Nazis.
There are more than 9000 burials in the cemetery spread out in 10 plots. In the visitor centre, one can learn much and appreciate the atmosphere during that period. The struggle, the hardship, the spirit. Their courage, their perseverance, their sacrifice.
Le Mont Saint Michel 圣米歇尔山
Next is the main target of our trip. It is an abbey on an island and known to be the ‘Wonder of the West’. It is in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Another such island is found in Japan, the Itsukushima Shrine.
The abbey looked absolutely beautiful with the sunny day. I’m not the right person to describe the place, but what I can say is that you’ll have to see it with your own eyes.
Saint-Malo is a walled maritime city dating back to the Middle Ages and survived WWII too! We took a walk around the city wall, stopping so often it took us more than an hour instead of the 45 minutes told to us at the tourism office.
We had dinner in one of the many creperies in the city but most of them appeared to be quite empty. We joked that perhaps we visited a ghost town, but who cares? The food was good!!
There was more traces of life during breakfast next day, reassuring us that it’s occupied by humans =P