Our first excursion is to Normandie. Why? Because all the Americans go here- one student was kidding. In fact, this place is loaded with history and I felt a real honor and gratefulness for being able to visit Normandie of today.
After a 3-hour bus drive from 7am, we arrived at Memorial de Caen. It is a museum where you will be able to get a background on the major military conflicts in Europe during the 20th century: WW1, WW2, D-Day, The Battle of Normandy. The museum was comprehensive and touching. Some time ago, I used to tell my friends that sometimes I wanted to know how it was like to be living in wartime, that if only a war would happen so I know it was like. That was ignorance speaking. After the visit, I was deeply moved and educated that I never never ever want war to ever happen again in any place to anyone. So much injustice and hate and violence. I hope that we are learning to not make the same mistake twice.
Then we drove to the Pointe du Hoc where the Battle of Normandy took place. For detailed information on the history of this site, I recommend watching the following video: https://youtu.be/G3UGje5INJk. Years after years, the land healed itself. However, one will be immediately struck by how much the ground was ravaged in the past. There are huge, gigantic holes everywhere, the earth’s scars. I could not comprehend how lucky I am to be able to stand here in peacetime, and that years ago, this place was a battlefield where limbs were bombed flying around, so much blood of people my age was shed, so much courage, so much sacrifice and selflessness.
On Friday, we had a small French breakfast at the youth hostel before traveling to Bayeux. In the city of Bayeux we visited the Musée de la Tapisserie. To learn more about the tapestry and its history, I recommend the videos and lessons presented here.
After your visit of the museum, we had some free time to explore the town of Bayeux and its cathedral.