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Written on: Wednesday September 10th, 2014

A journal entry from: Europe 2014

Continuing our move north we stopped and visited our good (and now retired)  friends from West Vancouver Jeff and Susan Ballou who were nice enough to rent a beautiful house near the English Channel on Normandy's Cotentin peninsula. We spent a couple of days there eating, drinking wine and hiking some of the area's seaside cliffs. It was a nice break from van camping.

From there we cut across the peninsula in order to visit some of the D-day beaches. Although we missed the many 70 year anniversary ceremonies that occurred around the actual landing date of June 6 we were nonetheless awed by the courage and dedication of the soldiers who participated in that momentous event. On a lighter note we checked out where the wealthy Parisiens pass their weekends in Deauville before moving on to Honfleur a jewel of a town at the mouth of the Seine river. Our final stop on our drive back to Holland was to visit the First World memorial in Vimy France. The site of the momentous Canadian victory over the Germans on Vimy Ridge. It's quite a site with its huge cemeteries filled largely with unknown soldiers from both sides and its grassed over bomb craters. Now a quick drive up to Holland and a flight to Turkey. Should be a little warmer.