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Reviewed 20 May 2009

I had a tour from Normandywebguide.com sightseeing tours and it was great!! Our tour guide was Ed ( highly recommend) and he really knew his stuff. He took us to a couple of places where there were no tourists and gave a great account of what was happening on D Day. Highly recommend!!!!!

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Reviewed 25 April 2009

The WWII locations in Normandy, France completely took us by force. We are in the generations that grow up with WWII movies, video games, and stories from old grandparents who were really there. So, we had mostly learned about everything in a glorified manner. What we were not prepared for was the astonishing number of men lost, the absolute waste of so many lives as "cannon fodder," and yet the monumental task they achieved in regaining this section of France from the Nazis. The planning aspects of D-Day were amazing, and the fact that all involved kept it a secret, especially in the days where government officials leave Top Secret materials on trains!

So many sacrifices, and this time for a reason, for true freedom, for eradicating an oppressive and ruthless militarized social movement. Often, our generation thinks the justification was the Holocaust, but in reality it was so much more. The American Cemetery, which gives due credit to the British, Canadian, and French efforts, is a sobering memorial to the men lost, but yet encouraging that these lives were not lost completely in vain.

Omaha and Utah beaches are also a must-see for all Americans. Utah Beach is more secluded but has a nice small museum, old gun mounts, old bunkers, a tank, etc. Omaha Beach is very open, with a small area on the actual beach that has a nice sculpture depicting the landing craft forging through the waters to the beach. There is also a museum here, but we knew enough history, we were more interested in seeing the places where it all happened.

Many other locations are in the area, including Point du Hoc, Arromanches, etc., all worth seeing if you have the time! We only had one day, but a weekend would be sufficient for dedicated WWII enthusiasts.

2  Thank Carpediemsollasollew
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Reviewed 20 February 2009

The American Cemetery in Normandy is beautifully moving and tranquil. It is a place you must visit but beware that it is an emotional experience. The American Battle Monuments Commission is in charge of maintaining the grounds and they do a superb job of keeping the area immaculate. The museum that you enter before getting to the actual cemetery is jam packed with a wealth of interesting information on D-Day landings. It tries to take you back to the day when all these brave young soldiers landed on French soil to protect the world from tyranny. Truly magnificent. I have visited France many times but this was the first time I made it to Normandy and I recommend it a million times over. Bring flowers if you are moved to. On the way to the cemetery and the D-Day beaches (we only made it to two) you will notice small monuments kept up by some of the local French citizens in memory of the soldiers who helped liberate France. Truly moving.

4  Thank Travellr1978
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Reviewed 13 January 2009

Excellent-meet you at the train (we came in from Paris for the day), great tour, non stop learning, great lunch. Our tour guide was fantastic-French, spoke perfect English, knew more about American history than us! Everything we ever wanted. TOur of the museum, lunch, ride in a van with 8 others through beautiful country to Utah and Omaha beaches and the American Cemetery. HIGHLY recommend for ease of tour (hop on the train in Paris and they meet you before you are off of the train!) and completeness of the tour. Trip of a lifetime.

4  Thank Newladue
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Reviewed 13 October 2008

I would not consider myself a WWII buff at all, but when my husband and I visited the American Cemetery in Normandy last week, I found it to be a moving, beautiful, and inspiring place. The Visitors Center is very well done, with lots of good information about how it all happened (if you're a little fuzzy on the details, like I was) and also lots of personal stories. The cemetery itself is immaculate, with easy trails going down to the beach. We took a cab from the train station in Bayeux because the Bus Verts runs very infrequently in the off-season (check the fine-print on their schedule if you want to try to time it right), but we did take the bus back to town and enjoyed wandering around Bayeux very much. I'm only sorry we didn't stay the night! I was concerned that this wasn't a good day trip to attempt from Paris because the information on transportation and what to see was a little sketchy, but i highly recommend what we did: train to Bayeux, cab to the cemetery, see the beaches from there, bus/cab back into Bayeux, explore the town. You will be so glad you did!

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