This pier is located near the small town of Vierville-sur-Mer and is at the west end of Omaha Beach. Just to the right of the pier is where elements of the US Army 5 Corps landed on D Day.
This is where 1st Lieutenant Jimmie W. Monteith Jr is honored in the American Cemetery. The lieutenant is one of three medal of honor winners interned in this remarkable and moving place. The other two are Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr and T/Sgt Frank Peregory.
Most everyone is aware of the US cemetery in Normandy but I suspect many may not be aware there is a German Cemetery as well. In total there are 21,222 German soldiers commemorated here, of which 207 unknown and 89 identified are buried in a kamaradengraben (mass grave) that you see in the center of the photo under the monument. I will post photos of the American Cemetery soon and you will see the contrast in style and color.
The La Fiere bridge, with the Merderet River running under it, was a very popular place in the first days after D Day with both the US 82nd Airborne and German Army wanting it. The strategic value was it protected the western entrance to Sainte-Mère-Église and blocked the Germans from counter attacking the beaches and the port of Cherbourg.
This may be the most photographed church roof in the world because of the well known incident involving paratrooper John Steele of the 505th PIR whose parachute caught on the spire of the town church. He hung there playing dead for two hours before the Germans took him prisoner. Red Buttons played the role in the movie “The Longest Day”.
After 5 days in Paris we took the train to Bayeux to visit the D Day sites in Normandy. On the way to the hotel we drove over the Aure river which flows through town. At the bottom right of the photo you can see alcoves and benches where they washed their clothes.
We took an open air boat tour on the Seine and passed by this island that looked like a submarine with trees growing out the top. The tour guide told us they have art classes there which you can see.
This cabaret and restaurant is in Montmartre, just east of Sacre Coeur. I was here in the very early morning. I had walked from Sacre Coeur to the cafe and found one lonlely coffee drinker setting outside. I suspect it is much more lively at night but I was never up late enough to find out.
What’s a trip to Paris with a photo of Notre Dame. I took many of the cathedral but this one taken from a boat trip down the Seine is a little different.
We used the Paris subway system a lot during our stay. One of our favorites was Cite. It opened in 1910 and is one of the few with a surviving Art Nouveau entrance and stylish round lamps on the platforms. It is located under the Île de la Cité, the island in the Seine that contains the Notre Dame Cathedral which was our destination.