One of our calls of port on our Transatlantic cruise to Europe was Cherbourg, a pretty port town and the gateway to Normandy.
We rented a car to try to see as much as possible during the time we had there.
Our first stop was in the town of Caen, about an hour and a half south of Cherbourg - a charming city with the St. Peter's Catholic Church in the middle and a cute traditional French street behind the church (Rue du Vauguex). We got lucky enough to be there on a morning when the street markets were going on - featuring lots of fresh produce, seafood, and cheeses.
Our next stop was the breathtaking town of Bayeux with its gorgeous Norman-Romanesque Cathedral, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux.
The quiet streets were lined with little coffee houses, small pubs with outside patios, and ice cream shops.
On the way back to Cherbourg, we had just enough time to stop at one of the most well-known D-Day beaches, Omaha Beach.
The five Normandy beaches that the Allies invaded on June 6, 1944 to begin the liberation of Europe from years of Nazi occupation included Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
The beaches around Normandy abound with many museums, sites, and memorials to commemorate the day and the thousands of lives that were lost.
May we find the love deep within us to embrace ourselves and our fellow earthlings as one human race regardless of our differences so that the world will not ever have to add another war to its history and never again have to commemorate any lives lost for any such reasons.
Although we did not have time to explore the port town of Cherbourg, we have heard great things about it as well so if ever come back to visit the area, it would one be one to come back to.
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
- Jimi Hendrix
We are the face of humanity. This is our future and we can make it as bright as we wish. We can either live according to the outdated rules that we feel must be followed as if we didn't have a choice or we can be the disruptors, the agents for change. We can aim for the highest vision and take little steps every day towards a more loving world by changing our inner world first. When we are happy with ourselves, we remind others of the joy inside of them too.