Our first up close look at a castle was the Château de Balleroy, owned by the Forbes family. It sits in the town of the same name, the castle and town built of beautiful beige stone. The grounds were spectacular, and what we saw of the house was as well. Taking pictures inside Château de Balleroy is prohibited.
At this point, sister Sandy and her husband Tim were shoehorned into the back of our seven person (ha!) car, so it seemed prudent to head home. Then we saw a small black and white sign that said “Saint-Lô”. “St-Lo”, said Tim. “My father was wounded there six weeks after D-Day.” So off we went.
As we entered the town of Saint-Lô, we spied a sign that said “Memorial” in French. The driver made a quick turn down a country road, and at the end was a church which we later found out was over a thousand years old. Inside was an entire memorial to the US Army divisions that liberated the city in 1942, several weeks after D-Day. Tim tells the rest of the story in the image below.
What a remarkable side trip that was, just the first of many memorials we saw that the French had made to thank the United States.
Next up, the beautiful city of Honfleur.