All the reasons to visit the historic site of Normandy

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Saturday marks the 76th anniversary of the landing and the Battle of Normandy.

As World War II veterans get older and older, most of them now in the late 80’s and 90’s, how are we going to preserve this legacy and keep their sacrifice alive?

Once the world and the world of travel are fully operational again, it may be time to consider giving up a typical beach vacation and, instead, venturing back in time, towards the historic beaches of Normandy.

You may be wondering why or wondering what it is like to plan a trip like this. We dug and here is what we found.

You can escape the hustle and bustle of a traditional Parisian vacation.

Normandy, you will find, has a surprisingly rustic charm, say the travel websites.

You’ve seen the movies and watched countless documentaries about the invasion, but if you wanted to explore the area for yourself, more than possible. Make the pilgrimage with your family. Inform your children or grandchildren of these historical motives where thousands of young men gave their lives for our freedom. Walk the path in the sand where the Allies began the fight to bring freedom to Europe just 76 years ago.

While the big cities like Paris demonstrate the romantic ideal of Parisian life, the relaxing and slow motif of the small towns of Normandy offers an escape. History buffs and part-time buffs can learn by visiting the coasts of Normandy to remember what happened on June 6, 1944.

How do you properly visit the beaches of Normandy?

If you’re digging and searching on Google, most sites recommend starting your visit to Normandy at some of the many museums in the area.

Visiting D-Day exhibits will put the thought-provoking experience into perspective.

There are many stories, images, memories and installations that show the sacrifice that the young men made on these shores. When you finally walk on the beaches of Utah and Omaha, you will be able to see how far the American soldiers had to crawl and fight their way to survive and reach their goal.

Tourists visit Mulberry ports on Arromanche beach in Normandy (Ilia Yefimovich / Getty Images).

The beaches remain underdeveloped out of respect and preservation for the thousands of people who have lost their lives.

Stand on the shore and enjoy it.

The wide open beaches give an inspiring and intimidating feeling about the distance that the Allied troops have had to travel under the constant fire of Axis soldiers entrenched in machine gun nests.

From there, the Normandy American Cemetery is a short walk from the beach, a solemn burial site for those who lost their lives during the start of Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944.

After you decide to take this historic trip, there are a few things to consider.

Where to stay?

To make the most of your visit, you may want to stay in the quaint town of Bayeux, just a 25-minute drive from Omaha Beach. It also houses numerous guest rooms, restaurants, museums and tour guide services.

Whether you are passionate about history or just curious to know more, there is something for everyone.

Although English is not the most widely spoken language, many locals would be happy and happy to help you find your way around, order from a restaurant or visit important sites.

There are several other country towns where you can relax and enjoy the serene calm, while being rich in history.

The local rate includes traditional seafood dishes made from sole, mussels and scallops while the weather makes the land fertile for the production of rich and refreshing cider. You will probably want comfort food after a long day of exploring.

Any other travel details to consider?

When it comes to packing your bags, remember that the weather in Normandy is notoriously temperamental. It rains a lot, say travel websites, so you’ll want to bring a jacket and a diaper as it can get cold in the morning but warmer during the day.

Tourists visit memorial sites at Utah Beach (Ilia Yefimovich / Getty Images) (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich / Getty Images).
Tourists visit memorial sites at Utah Beach (Ilia Yefimovich / Getty Images) (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich / Getty Images).

If you visit in the spring, the trip will bring longer days and more favorable weather without the larger summer crowds.

You will need your own transportation to reach the beaches of Normandy, as they are a short drive from cities such as Bayeux. Fortunately, there are many affordable car rental services available.

Booking a tour service is probably the best way to learn the most and understand the importance of your visit. Experts can provide information on the exact location of these events and what happened during the largest air, sea and land operation in history.

Bring your family, a few handkerchiefs and go for a walk on the beaches, brave men have sacrificed their lives to guarantee the freedom of France and the world.


This was originally released in 2019 and has been updated.

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