You can’t visit Northern France and not take time to reflect on the history and sacrifices made during the Battle of Normandy. Codenamed Operation Overlord, 156,000 American, Canadian and British forces landed on five beaches of the heavily fortified Normandy coast on June 6, 1944. During the October school holiday, we decided to travel to Normandy, France and let the kids learn more about the importance of D-Day than they could ever get from their history books.
It was difficult to stand on the beautiful beaches of the French coast and imagine the Allies landing along this stretch of pristine sand. Walking along the shoreline after visiting the museums, bunkers and cemeteries helped put the battle into perspective.