The Beach anyone?

So its been very hot lately and I’m not going to complain, as the winter was long  this year very cold, and I’m saving a fortune on heating bills!!

I went to the beach the other day, in Brighton and the water was so cold I almost froze over.  There were people swimming including a mate I went there with, but alas I’ve been spoiled and know of the sea in the Maldives, St. Lucia and Turkey all of which is lovely warm water.  In fact there is a beach I went to in Turkey that was with no exaggeration ‘like a hot bath’ it was incredible!

However, I am writing this ahead of a trip round Europe and thinking of a different beach:

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Maybe you’re thinking how beautiful and peaceful this looks, and I agree it most definitely is.  The water in the picture is the English channel though so still really cold, but on a hot day even I can persuaded to go in!

The reason I’ve shown this picture is because it would have looked so very different about 80 years ago, because this is Utah Beach, one of the five main landing place for the Normandy invasion, D-Day.  It is difficult to imagine how a place so beautiful could have been the place of utter horror to so many.  And yet, as the water turned red, it signaled the coming of the end of the war, which came about only a year later, the allies had a stronghold in Northern France after D-Day and the war was won.

In the next few blogs, I will be visiting parts of Europe, retracing the footsteps of my Step Grandfather who was a Prisoner of War.  he was captured in Torbruk, North Africa and taken to Benghazi where after a few months of bad treatment and lack of food and water he was transported with many others over to the south of Italy.

I will visit the south of Italy and follow his path, up through Austria and into North Germany, and add my thoughts to blogs here as I go with a few pictures along the way…

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