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First things first - I sent EVERYONE who asked me for a Post Card a post card but not everyone's gotten them! Have you gotten your post card?

Day Four - We left Deauville and went to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery from WW2. After that we went to Arromanches-les-Bains where the allies invaded. It was there that I had my first French hot dog which consisted of a hot dog stuck in half a baguette, hollowed out to make room. It was DISGUSTING! Well, the hot dog was okay but I had it with ketchup and mustard and the mustard was SO strong I couldn't eat it. After that we went to Bayeux to see the Bayeux Tapestry, which was awesome! If you don't know what the Bayeux Tapestry is I suggest you look it up because it's a really good story. Unfortunately, I couldn't take pictures of it. After that we went to Mt. Saint Michel. Saint Michel is this like...island. When the tide is out you can walk there but when the tide comes in it comes in really fast and makes the place an island. I couldn't believe how fast it came in, like rushing. It sounded like horses galloping towards you and then everything, even ill placed parked cars, is covered in ocean. Mt. Saint Michel is famous for its salted lamb. Since the ground is covered in salt from the ocean and the sheep eat the plants, they salt themselves so when you cook them up they're delicious. I ate them. It was great. I spent about forty dollars on that meal. INSANE!

In France, when you want to cross the street you find a crosswalk and just go. Vehicles are required to stop for pedestrians at all crosswalks. If it's a particularly busy street there are signals you must follow for walking or not walking.

Anyone who says round abouts are a bad idea needs to spend five minutes watching the big one around the Arc de Triomphe. It's beautiful!

Omaha Beach

They had little stones to mark the number of rows:


Oh ho ho, look at those sneaky Illuminati!

On the Way to Arromanches

And Normandy Cows! They taste delicious!

I'm not sure how familiar you are with how WW2 Operation Overload went but in order to invade occupied France, the allies built this harbor in England and the like and then hauled it over piece by piece to Arromanches-les-Bains, set it up and then attacked. Pieces of the harbor are still there in the water and the beach.

Then to Bayeux. This is an old mill, it's pretty :D

And, of course, there's a cathedral. The Bayeux tapestry hung in the cathedral in Bayeux.

And every cathedral has...

and then on to see the tapestry

The building where the tapestry was kept

And Mt. St. Michel. Oh, Mt. St. Michel! A monk heard the voice of God or an Angel or something telling him to build the abbey so he did, Mt. St. Michel for Michael the Archangel. In all of France's history and through the invasions, the Mt. was never captured. Only 30 people live on the island. To see it you have to climb up up up up up all these stairs and narrow streets!

Archangel Michael, not my favorite one but he'll do.

Halfway through the abbey there was this little cloister garden

On the inside of the arches in the cloister are these little statues. all of them were decapitated. People went a little crazy during the revolution and the war of religion and cut off all their heads.

People built the abbey by walking in this giant wheel, coiling a chain around the wheel to pull up huge slabs of cut rock up sets of rollers leaned up against the side of the church, if you can imagine.

The view from up high...all that sand is lost under water when the tide comes in.

A church to...I can't remember. A church within a church. Crazy!

Signs along the streets lading up the abbey. It makes me feel better to know that when the church was being buitl all of these shops were still here, just selling different stuff.

The people I traveled with


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 2nd, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
I got my post card! /o/
Jul. 2nd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
did it have a purple stamp or a photo stamp?
Jul. 2nd, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
Jul. 2nd, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
Aren't cars supposed to stop for pedestrians at all crosswalks? lol.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Here pedestrians stop at crosswalks and wait for traffic to clear before going. There the pedestrians just crossed without any regard for incoming traffic!
Jul. 2nd, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
I got my post card too~!
Jul. 2nd, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
did it have a purple stamp or a photo stamp?
Jul. 2nd, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
photo stamp
Jul. 2nd, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
St. Micheal island looks really neat. Kit and I also got our postcard! (Both photo stamps) You are right, I do like gargoyles.

Thanks for sending them out.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
I GOT MINE! But you knew that already.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
I've been enjoying your pictures too! Also, I looked up the Bayeux Tapestry. I remember learning about it from art history :D
Jul. 2nd, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
You're an amazing photographer, Anna!! I love the photo journal! And thanks for the postcard.
Jul. 5th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
Mine had a purple stamp.
I cried when I saw your Omaha Beach photos. I used to be a huge WWII fanatic about five years ago, and I remember D-Day every year. What a pivotal day.
Jul. 6th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
I got miy post card! Thanks Anna. It sounds like you had fun :)
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