In this special episode on D-Day History and the Normandy Invasion, Annie and Elyse remember the events of D-Day seventy years ago and the bravery of people involved. Elyse puts the whole tragic day into context: events leading up to it and a few critical details of what happened on that day. Then we share our experiences visiting the beaches in Normandy, the museums, the cemeteries. This is definitely a sobering and emotional topic, but seventy years later we should ask again: Are French grateful today? What are you likely to experience when you visit? Did this day truly change the course of time?
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Introduction: 70th Anniversary celebrations in France
Setting the stage for the invasion: major players
The decoy operation
Preparations for D-Day
Breakdown of troops by nationality
The Battle of Normandy
Memorials in Normandy
Conclusion: D-Day History plays a big part in French history and French people have not forgotten
In this episode of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Elyse takes us to the gorgeous region of Alsace (where she used to live) and more specifically to the city of Strasbourg.
Annie also has strong feelings about Strasbourg because she just visited. She can’t say enough good things about the gorgeous Cathedral, the gastronomy, the wine, and how generally pleasant the city is. This area is full of history and we give you an overview going all the way back to Charlemagne. We also discuss the fact that control of the area kept going back and forth between France and Germany, and how that makes for an interesting culture.
Today what strikes visitors is that the city is deeply rooted in European values and extremely welcoming. You’re going to love it!