Yesterday I hopped abroad a train headed to the coast of France, not the southern warm coast but the cooler coast of the Atlantic ocean in the north. We got off the train and wondered what in the world we had gotten ourselves into, seriously the train station is not in the middle of town and it was a little scary. We also realized that none of us had looked at a map before leaving the city, little oops on our part.
The first stop was the Bayeux Tapestries, seriously if you are considering going to see them they are completely worth the 4 euros for the trip. I giggled through the commentary, it was entertaining and educational. Upstairs was a special exhibit for D-day (we had wanted to be there a week earlier but it didn’t work out), the exhibit was 3 artists who had been commissioned by the military to paint and draw the scenes they experienced. Not one of us had dry eyes by the end of the exhibit. It served as a good reminder for the reason we had originally made our trek, to visit the beaches the allied troops landed on 70 years ago.
Like the good Parisians we have become we found a Boulanger and grabbed baguette sandwiches for lunch then ran off to find our mode of transportation for the day: Bikes. We rented bikes from a nice man who didn’t speak a lick of English in Bayeux, asking for directions to Omaha Beach (he must have had lots of people ask because he was very direct “left right left”) and we were off! Oh and we ended up on a main highway.
Finding our way to a bike trail following back roads through the French countryside, it made for a beautiful 2 hour ride (we got a little lost) finally finding our way to Omaha Beach I stood in awe imaging the courage of those men who made their way onto the beaches that rainy may day.
We didn’t have long to get back and booked it down the highways toward Bayeux, we somehow made our train with 5 minutes to spare. It was a true miracle! Today was beautiful and oh so French. Biking is by far the best way to travel and see the countryside. Be warned it will end in a sunburn if you forget your sunblock!
Disclaimer: Not Photos are not mine (reminder that iPhone gone problem)