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Five reasons to travel to Normandy France

Twenty years ago today, I was lucky to see the 49th anniversary of D-Day ceremonies at Pointe De Hoc and Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Today is the 69th anniversary of this historic landings. This event would change the world and proved the beginning of the end to the NAZI empire thanks to the already [...]

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Five adventures to find in France

For a relatively small country, France has an amazing diversity of travel destinations.  From ski holidays in Chamonix, to a beach vacation along the Cote d’Azur on the Mediterranean, to the vast array of historical destinations, France has something for everyone.  Here are five ideas for a great vacation in France. The French Alps The [...]

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The Normandy countryside from a bus

In 1993, I had the good fortune get a scholarship to study World War II in Normandy, France. I spent a month their in Caen learning more about the war, French culture, and especially the Normandy Campaign.  I fell in love with the Normandy countryside with quint little towns, small farms, and country lanes. This [...]

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Arromanches: A harbor that helped win a war in Normandy, France

During World War II, Allied planners prepared to invade France and breach Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. The German high command were certain they would strike at the Pas-de-Calais, which was the narrowest stretch of land across the English Channel between England and France. They did not think they would land in Normandy.  One of the reasons, [...]

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Omaha Beach cemetery in Normandy at Colleville-sur-Mer

A couple of days ago it was the 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasions in France. 19 years ago, I was fortunate enough to study this great historical even in Normandy as part of the Normandy Scholar Program. I was on hand for the 49th anniversary of the landings that began the liberation of fortress [...]

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German bunker along the Atlantic Wall in Normandy

The French coastline is dotted with remnants from Hitler’s vaunted Atlantic Wall from World War II. One of the best places to see these historical monuments is in Normandy. Many bunkers were destroyed by air or by naval bombardment, but many lie intact. They are a testament to the bravery of the men who had [...]

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Five World War I and World War II battlefields to tour in Europe

Tomorrow is Armistice Day or Veteran’s Day, where we pay our respects to those who so bravely have fought or served our respective countries. It is of course celebrated on this day due to being the anniversary of the end of World War I or the Great War. Being a soldier is a lot like [...]

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