World War II history comes alive for families visiting Normandy
Grave of Theodore Roosevelt Jr at Omaha Beach cemetery

World War II history comes alive for families visiting Normandy

June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and many families, even if they can’t visit, will be thinking about grandfathers and great-grandfathers, sons, uncles and cousins who fought and died here.

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Two days touring the D-Day sites in Normandy
Small section of American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

Two days touring the D-Day sites in Normandy

We are at the famous Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach, where the massive allied assault on the Normandy on June 6, 1944 aimed to liberate France and defeat Nazi Germany.

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Remembering Those Cozy Cannes Nights
Waterfront at Cannes

Remembering Those Cozy Cannes Nights

Jetlagged, hungry, and in need of a bed, we found our way to our hotel for the night -- Chateau de Goville--an old manor in the Norman countryside. I kept saying the château would be Downton Abbey-esque, but it wasn’t until we settled into our room and found a plaque on the wall stating that the Duchess of the Estate had lived (and died!) in this very room nearly seventy years ago that we really felt the chateau’s history.

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