Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II cemetery located in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. It honors American troops, who died in Europe during World War II.

We heard many different languages spoken there.

Utah Beach, Normandy – 75 Years Later

Remembrances, monuments, and honor to those who fought in the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in Normandy.

The Island of Tatihou near Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

The island of Tatihou is located just off the coast near Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, and you can reach it with a 10-minute boat ride at €10,50 p.p. There is a limit of 500 visitors per day.

The Island of Tatihou

I mostly enjoyed the botanical garden on the island. I also finally learned the name of this most unusual plant, L’Echium des Canaries, which also grows at our farmhouse vacation rental in Chettehou.

This plant is a giant, and wrapped in tiny blue flowers.

L’Echium des Canaries
L’Echium des Canaries

They grow mostly on the coast and on islands in the Atlantic. The flower stalks are also very melliferous.

German Gun Battery at La Pointe de Néville in Normandy

From Spain to Norway, Hitler had created an “Atlantic Wall”, composed of defensive fortifications, such as this gun battery at La Pointe de Néville.

Most of the gun emplacements were destroyed.

Beach at La Pointe in Néville
Entrance to a bunker in Néville
Part of the gun battery at Néville
Gun battery ceiling at Néville

Our next stop was the Gatteville Le Phare, which, at 71m in height, is the tallest lighthouse in France. It takes 365 stairs to reach the top, which is better suited to the sturdy traveler.

The Village of Tocqueville: Final Resting Place for Alexis de Tocqueville

The little village of Tocqueville (population: about 280) has erected a bust for the French diplomat, political scientist, and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville. Tocqueville himself was born in Paris, attended school in Metz, died in Cannes, and is buried in Tocqueville.

He is best known for his works ‘Democracy in America’ and ‘The Old Regime and the Revolution’.

Bust of Alexis de Tocqueville

This is the church and cemetery where he is buried.

Tocqueville Church

We combed the hole cemetery for his grave, and initially could not find it. With the help of a sight-map in the church, we finally located the grave next to one of the side entrances.

Alexis de Tocqueville grave

One of the many mosaic windows in the Tocqueville Church.

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