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Arrondissement de Caen

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  • Day44

    Driving through Normandy is beautiful. Hard to believe this was all torn up in the war.

    The Memorial to Caen is the most comprehensive museum about WWII. It includes events leading up to the war, during the war, and post war (cold war). There was also an old German bunker to visit and a movie, "Battle of Normandy: 100 Days that Changed the World". Most of Caen was destroyed during the battle. The museum had a lot of information, and we ran out of energy to see the cold war exhibits. It was all well done and very sobering.Read more

  • Day11

    Caen, France

    August 6, 2016 in France

    This was our afternoon stop. The city of Caen has a lot of history from early medival times which is shown by the castle and ww2 memorial of heavy fighting that happened here can also be found. We had a coffee under the blue sky in the castle. We took a small walk around the main sights and then pushed on to the final destination of the day. 🏰🐕👑

  • Day1

    Caen, France

    April 1 in France

    I was skeptical of spending the day here, but this city should not be underestimated - it's a beautiful retreat from Paris (2 hours away).
    An old but well preserved castle with great views of the pleasantly small city, a thorough and informative museum about WWII dedicated to peace, and a bustling marketplace with juicy apples and tasty (cheap!) almonds. What more could you ask for?

  • Day16

    Caen

    August 23 in France

    A major city in Normandy and seat of the Duke of Normandy. The first pic is the Chateau de Caen, the castle built by William, Duke of Normandy, in 1060, so that, I think, he would have a good place from which to make it to his big appointment in Hastings in 1066. Then some of the interior of the castle that covers about 5 acres. Then an overview of the city from the castle ramparts, St. Stephen's church (under renovation) and the butterfly at the botanical garden. The last pic is the tower of the king with St Stephen's steeple in the background.
    There will be more posts about Caen.
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  • Day20

    Abbaye aux Hommes

    August 27 in France

    In general parlance we would call this a monastery. Built by William, and started in 1066. He had married his 5th cousin, but the pope refused to bless the marriage as consanguineous. It has been suggested that it actually had more to do with Norman trips in southern Italy. So, after a new pope was elected, he was allowed to do penance, part of which was building 2 Abbey's. This is one of them.
    The first pic is the Abbey, second is the chapter room. Third is the cloister. 4th is the service board where the monks found out their assignments each day. Then the refectory and the Abbey church. William is interred in the choir, beyond the altar.
    The building is now the city hall.
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  • Day20

    Abbaye aux Dames

    August 27 in France

    In general parlance we would call this a convent. Built by William's wife, Matilda, as an Abbey for women as the second of the two Abbey's required by the pope. She is interred in the Abbey church.
    First is the building, then the cloister, then the Abbey church. The next last pic is part of a series of banners of female saints located on both sides of the choir. The last rather dark picture is a fresco over the altar.
    This building is now the Normandy regional government building and is not open for tours.
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  • Day16

    Memorial de Caen

    August 23 in France

    A memorial to the battle of Normandy, with a look at the years leading up to it and an exhibit of after 1945 photos. Very moving. I spent between 6&7 hours there. Very intense. Worth a trip in itself.
    The building is built on top of what was the German command bunker for that part of the coast. The bunker has been restored and is part of the exhibit. I confess to recognizing some of the equipment from war movies. No photos allowed though.
    The rest of the pics are of the US Armed Forces Memorial Garden outside. The first pic is of the top of the waterfall. The inscription that you can't read at the bottom of the picture reads, "From the heart of our land flows the blood of our youth given to you in the name of freedom." Then is a pic looking back at the waterfall. You can see the wall behind the waterfall that contains plaques for every state.
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