First of all, book early! You think Normandy is busy in summer alone? Wrong! We tried booking for several weeks in the months leading up to our visit and everyone was busy! And most of the reviews on Trip Advisor made it hard to pick just one guide. Bertrand was a walking history book. He put me to shame! Being a history major in college, and really into World War II history, he just annihilated me with facts. He also knew a lot of military history; I'd dare say more than my friend who was with us and serves in the US Army! It was nice to be able to see the sites because he drove. He could very easily pull over and allow us the time to take pictures. Also, he knew where he was going so that saved time and allowed us to see more of what we wanted to see. He catered our tour to what we wanted to see. We wanted to see more sites and do the museums on our own; he did that for us. The beaches at Utah and Omaha were sobering. They are also a lot bigger than you realize. It still is hard to imagine troops coming on shore with all their gear under heavy fire; you saw just how far they had to go to even get close to the dunes. Bertrand knew of a great little bakery that we got sandwiches at, and then ate on top of an old bunker by Utah! That was once in a lifetime! He also showed us the main sites, Utah, Omaha, Pointe du Hoc, etc., but also showed us just how much equipment, etc. was left in France and how the locals reused it, even today! What I think I appreciate the most was the time he allowed us at the American Cemetery at Coleville-sur-mer. He didn't rush us, he allowed us to think about all the sacrifices at our own pace. Then our friend who was with us got to participate in the lowering of the American flag at the closing of the cemetery. What an amazing day! Thank you Bertrand! We loved your sense of humor and knowledge. We hope to see you again!
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