D-Day beaches of Normandy

Bayeux Travel Blog

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Today we took a train out to Normandy.  It is about an hour and a half ride from Paris.  When we got there we found out that the buses to the American Cemetary and Omaha beach run every 2 hours on Sunday, and the last one had just left.  So we made friends with a few other Americans and split a cab ride.  As we understood it, the cab driver would take us to those two locations.  The cab ride was interesting because he seemed to be lost for a while, we were going really fast down very narrow windy roads, eventually he poped us out at the American Cemetary and pointed to his watch indicating we had 30 minutes to check it out if we wanted him to wait for us.  We did, so we make a quick tour of the cemetary, it would have been nice to have more time.  Next up he took us to Omaha beach and gave us 20 minutes.  This was more than enough time because Omaha beach is really just a beach with people out playing on it and such.  There is one large monument, other than that there isn't a lot to look at.  After he took us back to the train station we walked around a bit and checked out a pretty cool cathedral in Bayeux, then went to catch a train.  Because of our Eurail pass we can just get on any train, though we don't have assigned seats.  This was not a problem on our way to Bayeux because we left at 9 AM.  Coming back to paris was a different story.  The train was completely full, and we kept getting kicked out of the seats we sat in for people who had them assigned.  We ended up spending the whole ride the the space betwen the two cars which is extremely warm and uncomfortable.  At least we weren't the only ones, every space had 4 or 5 people in it.
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