The Normandy with my friend Yan, April 2018
A great drive along the coast with a history buff who knows his area very well and knows how to interest you.
A change of scenery when you leave the plain of Isigny-sur-mer, near the beaches of Omaha, witness the fighting of the Americans to liberate France, and that one goes to the Hague, with its cuts with lace sides. A passage by Barfleur where we were able to admire The Church St Nicholas.
A small passage through the smallest port in France, Port-Racine, named in honor of one of the last privateers who raged under Napoleon, Captain François-Médard Racine. A view of Island Saint-Marcouf, then Sainte-Anne and especially English land with Guernsey and Jersey, where even our phones reminded us of the English proximity.
Finally, a return to cross Sainte-Mere-l’Eglise where the church reminds us of the misfortune of John Steele, one of the American paratroopers dropped too low and who did not reach their target. He stayed on the steeple of the village with the sound of the bells.
A day under a bright sun but Sunday reminded us that we were in Normandy …
Thanks again for this weekend Yan and for teaching me so much, hoping to remember part of it.
I am also going to take advantage to add photos taken by previous weekends. During a weekend, we have to raise until the landing with the visit of Pointe-Du-Hoc. The American Rangers have to climb the cliff on both sides of the Point of Hoc, on the West and in the East to seize the battery and the bunkers protecting it. Photos allow to estimate the climbing that soldiers have of to begin these glorious who left theirs in this operation. But this place was not so dangerous for the landing because German had unsettled a part of the artillery and replaced by wooden logs, subterfuge which deceived the allied reconnaissance planes. After, walk at the water’s edge on the beach of Omaha with a sight of Pointe-Du-Haut of this beach. The American flag floats even on a house.
I also join photos also of Etretat and accesses taken during an older weekend. Etretat with cliffs and especially his needle digs, the place of residence of the famous gentleman-burglar, Arsène Lupin, heroin of Maurice Leblanc.’s police novel this character incensed on the television by Georges Descrières and his faithful Soldier of the old guard of Napoleon 1 (Yvon Bouchard) looked for by commissioner Guerchard (Roger Carel).
I could not walk past oyster beds without taking pictures. I will try to remember Yan’s explanation of his oyster farmer’s work, stating that he sells by the ton. The small oysters are placed in very tight mesh pockets. They are then placed on tables and tied with elastics so as not to lose them during the tides and currents.
As the growth progresses, the oysters are put back into pockets with ever larger meshes (0.78,1.57,2.36,3.15po/2,4,9,14mm). With each change of pockets, it is necessary to bring them back, empty the oysters, sort them and put them in the new pockets. Then, regularly, it is necessary to turn the pockets to take off the oysters and to avoid too crooked shoots, which will be unsaleable, obligatory perfection for our plates. At the end, the pockets are brought back, covered with seaweed, the oysters are cleaned and calibrated to be shipped.
The pockets, they are put to dry, the algae die well. In all operations, always pay attention to the breakage.
It’s a job that does not know the weekends, everything is regulated by the tides.
In the next weekend, it will be the landing but under water since many vestiges remain there like tanks, barges of landing, …. Diving with temperatures far from the Philippines and much less visibility. I would dive with a voucher, a very good one, which knows very as well the stories under the water as those on earth.