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Old July 7th, 2013, 06:07 AM   #21
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Great pics...Thank You for sharing them
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Thanks for sharing. I've heard before that it is very moving and for all the grief we give the French today, it's my understanding that those that live in this region still have a very high respect and thanks for the United States.

My grandfather fought in France in WWI but I really don't know much about it. I should probably find out. What is interesting is that my grandmother was a French war bride from WWI and she was amazingly proud to be an American. She never taught her children (my dad is one of 5) how to speak French and if she heard someone in a store speaking a foreign language, she would walk up to them and tell them "you're in America, we speak English here".

I've traveled around the world some and haven't really enjoyed it. If there is someplace I would like to see, this would be it.

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Very moving photos. Thanks for sharing.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 08:14 AM   #24
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Thank you for taking the time to post these pictures here, they are fantastic.

I am sorry that our young country men are so removed from the reality of the cost of freedom, and that our elected officials are taking it from the citizens and giving it to the foreign entities daily.
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Thanks for sharing. I've heard before that it is very moving and for all the grief we give the French today, it's my understanding that those that live in this region still have a very high respect and thanks for the United States.

My grandfather fought in France in WWI but I really don't know much about it. I should probably find out. What is interesting is that my grandmother was a French war bride from WWI and she was amazingly proud to be an American. She never taught her children (my dad is one of 5) how to speak French and if she heard someone in a store speaking a foreign language, she would walk up to them and tell them "you're in America, we speak English here".

I've traveled around the world some and haven't really enjoyed it. If there is someplace I would like to see, this would be it.

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What we both found, is that there is strong respect in the Normandy area for what happened there. You would come into a small village, and see a picture of a unit, with the specifics of the unit, and Our Saviors written on it, for example. It has certainly permanently affected the area.

There were a higher number of Germans and German tours in both areas that I expected, but it is completely understandable.

I am not an overly emotional person, I was wondering what it would feel like to go there. The picture of the helmet on the rifle is towards the end of the visitor's center, which is the first part of the visit at the Normandy American Cemetery. At that point, I got a real lump in my throat, and felt that way the rest of the visit. But its a very peaceful, reverent place. Everyone wipes their eyes at some point there.

Verdun was very different, which caught me off guard. This was just insane. After visiting normandy first, then seeing the scale of verdun, and knowing the madness and horror that happened there, its deeply disturbing. And thats why its all there, and never changed. Its a lesson for the world to see, and they do take that seriously there. Even in summer, we saw many youth groups visiting in busses.



We found our whole time in France very enjoyable and never had anything but friendly people and treatment everywhere we went. I am a seasoned world traveler, and am not a 'ugly american' when I travel though. Wonderful trip.

We found a Jeep restorer in the area that was working on some MBs and Dodge WC5x vehicles. Lot of cool parts there.









You also find all finds of various vehicles out there.





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Old July 7th, 2013, 08:49 AM   #26
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Awesome pics, thank you for sharing.
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Thanks for sharing Jesus , truly awesome. If you have more, I'd sure appreciate a chance to look at them. Your descriptions are great too.
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...I am not an overly emotional person, I was wondering what it would feel like to go there. The picture of the helmet on the rifle is towards the end of the visitor's center, which is the first part of the visit at the Normandy American Cemetery. At that point, I got a real lump in my throat, and felt that way the rest of the visit. But its a very peaceful, reverent place. Everyone wipes their eyes at some point there.
Ditto. I was surprised at how much sorrow could be felt at the American cemetery. I was really surprised by many of the comments in the guest registry. Like you said, many Europeans wrote "our saviors" and other words of appreciation.

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Agreed. Were the sunflower fields in bloom during your trip?
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Thanks for sharing. I've also been to Normandy and Omaha Beach, what a wild thing to experience and extremely solemn. The French were good to us to, it helps when you at least try to speak their language and show them respect in return.

I definitely enjoyed the coastline much more than Paris. Would love to get back sometime.
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Thanks for sharing Jesus , truly awesome. If you have more, I'd sure appreciate a chance to look at them. Your descriptions are great too.
I have some more, I will try to look. I am taking up photography as a hobby (not super serious, just like taking pics). I tried to take the pics that kinda speak for themselves.

BTW, we were happliy greeted by the USDA Beagle brigade at Metro airport. Sure made me miss my beagles.. At least this one didn't bark at us for having fancy french cookies in our bag...
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Agreed. Were the sunflower fields in bloom during your trip?
I didn't see any sunflowers, but lots of other fields of flowers. Lots of red poppies many areas, I kept thinking of 'In Flander's Fields', although we were not near those areas.

This was taken at the Longues battery:

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Thank you for sharing this.
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Thanks for the pictures and telling the stories.
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This is now on my bucket list of things to see before I die. It really makes you think just looking at the pictures, I can't imagine it in real life! Thank you very much for sharing the pictures along with the history lesson.
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I think most of my 'nice' pictures are up. I have dozens of museum pics. The quantity of stuff in the museums is really impressive.

I did find this one, I cropped the words into a second pic so you can see them.







Examples of museum stuff: (These are taken at the unbelievable military museum in Paris @ Place de les Invalides

WWI small mortars and machine guns.







Vengeance Weapon #1



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The V-2. Amazing that the builder of that destruction device eventually built the Saturn 5 rocket that put men on the moon.
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