Yesterday, I asked what among the day’s various activities you might want to see photos of. I had only one response, but she asked to see everything. So here goes …

First, in the morning, we saw the open-air fish market in Trouville. I say “open-air,” but the market is actually in a building with all the various vendors having stalls that face the street. Their awnings were particularly useful yesterday morning, as we were there in the rain.

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Right smack dab in the middle of Caen are the ruins of William the Conqueror’s castle. These ruins are of William’s castle when he was duke of Normandy (before 1066), and of a slightly later version that was built — next to the original — with stone fortifications instead of a wooden wall.

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… The current castle’s walls and gates were added by laters inhabitants.

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And across the street from all that is this magnificent church …

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From there, we wandered down a pedestrian zone and happened into a small church with two naves and these unusual ceilings, which look like the (upside-down) insides of boats.

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Last night and tonight, we’re in the adorable (tiny!!) village of Crepon …

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Yesterday evening, we drove toward the beaches before dinner and happened onto a preserved-as-it-was-left German gun battery.

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Today we drove to Omaha Beach. This evening, the beach and, at one end, the dunes (now a nature preserve) were beautiful and remarkably peaceful … but when you stand on the beach itself and contemplate the huge expanse of sand those soldiers had to run across while being shot at from the tops of the dunes and hills, it’s simply heartbreaking.

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Just FYI: These are all photos that I took with my phone. Except for the few CIAT Cuts photos I posted recently, I haven’t even begun to sort through all the photos I’ve taken (and continue to take) each day with my “real” camera. We have two days of vacation left, and I’ve already got nearly 1,300 photos! Stay tuned …