The Cotentin Peninsula
Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
13Trip End Aug 17, 2009
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Of course, the main attraction in Sainte-Mere-Eglise was the town church with the memorial stained glass and effigy of American Pararooper John Steele. It was wonderful to see in person. I enjoyed this part very much. There were not a lot of people around so we were lucky to enjoy this at our leisure, taking time to go inside the very old church and walk around quietly. The Airborne Museum was closed so we decided we would be back in the morning to see this. We walked along a few of the streets checking out the memorial plaques here and there, reading the menu boards to decide where to eat. We ate at La Pomme d'Or restaurant and it was enjoyable. My first slice of Normandy Tarte was very good, while my husband had Camembert for his dessert - also very tasty!
We had a good night's sleep and a delicious breakfast including homemade yogurt and croissants. Coffee was also very good! Today, the plan was to go back to Sainte Mere-Eglise and explore the D Day Landing Zones. We did take some time to poke around "centerville" where the Battle of Carentan would have taken place in June 1944. Unfortunately, we did not have any particular landmarks memorized or written down so we just wandered a bit. Some landmarks looked familiar from photos and it was enjoyable to absorb the area, nonetheless. We picked up some goodies for a picinic lunch from a charcuterie including quiche and a ham crepe (rolled up with cheese) and at a grocery store, baguettes, Camembert cheese and red wine. We would do this many times over the course of our vacation as we found it to be inexpensive and mostly convenient and enjoyable
We spent the morning at the Museum and it was also Market Day! The town was hopping as compared to the night before. The Museum was very interesting and well put together- highlights for me included seeing Clark Gable's overcoat and the personal souveniers donated to the Museum, including German Army uniforms. After that, we took a walk through the market which was held on the town square in front of the Church and across the street from the Museum. We didn't buy anything - we found that besides food items, there was not anything very "nice". We already had our picinic lunch lined up and the fruit was very expensive. Fruit and Vegtables and Meat was very expensive in general in France; Wine and Cheese were dirt cheap! A little poking around some trinket shops near the square and we were ready to push off towards Utah Beach...