We took our entire family by car to see the D-Day beaches, about a 2.5 hr drive from Paris. We began in Caen at the Caen Memorial musuem which was amazing. We then drove to Courselles-sur-Mer and visited the the only Canadian War Musuem in Europe called the Juno Beach Center. We stopped in Arromanches to see the beaches and then drove south down the coast to the American Cemetary at Colleville-sur-Mer. Our visit ended up at the Pointe Du Hoc cliffs.
My kids began the day excited about seeing artifacts from the war, exploring old bunkers and climbing into the huge bomb craters still there. By the end of the day, after seeing the American Cemetery, and reading what happened - they were quiet and reflective. I think they finally realized the sacrifice that was made by so many people. Before, they only knew a bit from video games and TV and now it became real to them. I highly recommend you take the family to the Normandy Beaches.
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