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Day 3: D-Day Sites (2)

Beach at Arromanches

Young women on beach an Arromanches

From the D-Day Museum, we walked to the adjacent beach, which was the Gold Beach where British troops landed during the Allied invasion. (The bluffs in the top photo are near Omaha Beach, where many American troops lost their lives.)

Couple and dog on beach at Arromanches

Dog in Arromanches, France

Today, Arromanches isn't just a memorial site or a destination for history buffs: It's also a seaside resort, as it was before the war.

Mulberry harbor sections at Arromanches

Still, it's hard to ignore the reminders of Operation Overlord that have survived the war and six decades of pounding by the sea. Above, you can see several of the caissons that were used as offshore wharves in June, 1944.

Mulberry harbor section in Arromanches, France

Mulberry port section on the beach at Arromanches

Other ruined sections of the Mulberry port at Arromanches are on the beach, where visitors can see them up close. 

Interior of Phoenix caisson at Arromanches

This photo shows how the Phoenix caissons were constructed: Each unit is a large, hollow block of reinforced concrete that was towed across the English Channel to Normandy. Upon arrival, the caissons were flooded with water, allowing them to sink until only the top of each caisson was above the tide.

Village of Arromanches

After exploring the beach, we went into the village of Arromanches, which was practically next door to the museum.

Souvenir shop in Arromanches

Pedestrian zone in Arromanches, France

We thought the Overlord souvenir shop was a little tacky, but for the most part, the village of Arromanches was an attractive place with plenty of flowers and a pedestrian zone.

Baguettes at Arromanches bakery

We'd spent most of our free time enjoying the beach and town, so instead of looking for a restaurant, we got lunch at an excellent local bakery.

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Day-by-day River Baroness cruise photos:
Day 1: Embarkation in Paris
Day 2: Les Andelys
Day 3: D-Day Sites
Day 4: Rouen
Day 5: Honfleur, Caudebec-en-Caux
Day 6: Giverny
Day 7: A Day in Paris
Day 8: Disembarkation

Also see:
Uniworld River Baroness cruise review
Paris for Visitors
Uniworld River Countess cruise review (Venice and Venetian Lagoon)