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As a pre-launch of the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landing and the Battle of Normandy, which will take place in 2014, France Connection has been proud to welcome a group of 100 guests from the United States for a 10 day-tour, visiting the historical sites of the main World War II battles.
After a relaxing and elegant get-together evening in Chantilly at the newest Relais & Chateaux, the group headed to Normandy, where they started the program with a guided visit of the Omaha Beach Cemetery and Memorial. The emotion was palpable during the ceremony, organized especially for our group, which included a spray of flowers remitted by the Veterans of the group while the American National anthem was being played. “An unforgettable moment”, according to the guests.
Following this very special introduction to the D-Day Landing memories, the group had the chance to visit many Normandy historical sites, such as the village of Sainte Mère l’Eglise, Utah beach, Arromanches, the Museum of the Battle of Normandy in Bayeux, to name a few.
This Normandy trip was the perfect opportunity to visit local places of interest, such as the Brouay castle, owned by the d’Aboville Family (members of the Cincinnati Society) where they were introduced to the production of a high-quality calvados and cider. Our guests were also invited for a visit of the Balleroy castle, erected during the 17th century and owned by the Forbes Family. Finally, they had the great chance to view the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry.
To complete this History-oriented trip, the group also visited the Belgium and Luxemburg sites of the Bulge Battle, as well as the Surrender Museum in… Reims! Of course, this day-trip to the Champagne region would not have been complete without a visit of a famous cellar, where the guests enjoyed a tasting of a few vintages, to celebrate their French experience in style.