mardi 26 juillet 2011

America the Beautiful

I sat down to blog, turned my itunes onto shuffle and the first two songs were Pretty Boy Swag and Kiss Me through the Phone, so obviously I'm having a hard time thinking clearly in between dance moves. But if Soulja Boy is teaching me one thing, it's that I miss you, I miss you, I really wanna kiss you but I can't. (and that is directed towards all of our avid blog readers,...and more of like a European kiss on the cheek than like, a kiss kiss.) But seriously, we all miss you and wish you were all here gallivanting around the colonial countryside courtin' trouble with us.

Anyways, onward Christian soldier to what has happened these last few days. On Sunday, the weather was relatively nice. aka it wasn't raining profusely, and the sky was a muted shade of gray instead of black. In celebration, and because we were all sick of wearing the same pair of pants, all of us girls decided to wear our sun dresses and go down to the Honfleur beaches. By the time we got down to the beach it was actually pretty warm and we played around on the beach for a couple hours. The sand was beautiful, the water blue, the dogs were cute, and fun was had by all. 

We then ventured on home for an optional required movie for our Darwinism class. Fitting 15 people into our small living room all huddled around a computer screen makes for the best kind of movie watching scenario. Throw in Davis' technology skillz and hearing abilities and it makes for a great night. We then watched Saving Private Ryan in preparation for Monday's excursion to the D-day beaches. 

The trip to Normandy has been, by far, our favorite place we have been to. We first went to Omaha beach, which was the largest of the D-Day assault areas. The Americans suffered 2,400 casualties on Omaha on June 6, 1944. Overcoming many mistakes and problems, the Americans managed to defeat the Germans and secure the beach. If the D-Day attack hadn't worked, the Allied Forces would have been forced to make a deal with Germany, and would be unable to regain Europe. Being able to stand on the same beach that so many heroes of our country fought for and lost their lives, was an unreal experience. Not to mention that Omaha beach is an absolutely beautiful beach. It was hard to picture it as once a bloody battlefield. We then walked through the cemetery of fallen soldiers. The cemetery stretched for, what seemed like, forever. Standing amongst these fallen heroes really made us all proud to be Americans. 

View of Omaha Beach from above

Omaha Beach

The cemetery 

We then travelled to Pointe du Hoc, which was the perfect cliff top position for the Germans to set up heavy artillery to attack against the incoming Allied Forces. Having several bomb attacks fail, the US rangers decided to climb up the cliffs from below on D-Day in order to take them out. The rangers literally used rope ladders to climb up the cliff. And they miraculously succeeded. Here, and at Omaha beach, we were all surprised at how wide open these places were. American soldiers were sitting ducks for the German soldiers waiting for them up on higher ground. And yet, somehow they managed to be successful. It truly is incredible. This excursion was inspiring, encouraging, and gave us plenty of reason to burst out in the Star Spangled Banner loud and proud. 

Cliffs at Pointe du Hoc

We finished up the night hitting up downtown Honfleur for some gelato and crepes, and came back to the villa for a successful showing of Paranormal Activity 2. Why is it 10 times scarier in a foreign country? Today has consisted of falling asleep in class, fulfilling our craving of Diet Coke with lime, and blogging. Au Revoir from France!

you know you love me,

French Wench. 

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