Cars and Witches Hats, D-Day Beaches

Trip Start Jul 02, 2006
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Trip End Mar 02, 2007


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Friday, October 13, 2006

An early start and it was time to start driving on the wrong side of the road. With the wrong side of the road came all the predicatble problems, widow wipers when you want indicators, reaching for the door when you want the gear stick and hitting witches hats at 100kmph. That aside, it was a brilliant day of driving with brief stops and strolls in Dunkirk and Rouen. All I can say about Chad's navigational work is it could only improve.

We dashed down to Mount St Michel on the first morning. Now similar to castles I have seen a lot, and I mean a lot, of churches in the last months but this chuch perched up on a plateau on a small island was something else. From there it has been a couple of days of solid history and truely moving sites. It is impossible to describe the feeling you get from standing on the beaches and bridges that men gave so much for and think about the sacrifices so many of them an their families endured. Indeed it makes you look very humbly on any of your own problems. Of the sites the Point De Hoc, the enormous American war cemetary on Omaha beach and the Aromaches 360 degree cinema were standouts - all of which just left me silent and completely consumed.

So today we are off towards Ypres to see the service at the Mennin Gate, a tribute to the 50 000 plus Commonwealth soldiers who bodies were never found during WWI and then to Dendermonde for a few drinks and the brilliant hospitality of Quincey and Sofie.
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chadc
chadc on

map work
With respect to my map work, first of all, can i say that at no stage did we end up on the wrong highway or heading to the wrong town.

Second, with regard to the issues we had in Bayeux, there were many extenuating factors ... it was dark, i only had a shitty lonely planet map and rick was driving too fast and the streets were really small and curved a lot.

catters
catters on

Re: map work
Dearest Brother,
As an up and coming brilliant lawyer I really expect a better arguement than... 'Rick was driving too fast and the streets were really small and curved a lot.'

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