FRANCE: At the 11th hour (Paris time) of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the armistice officially ending World War I came into effect. November 11th of this year marks the 100th anniversary of the World War I, “The Great War.” Many areas in Normandy and Belgium are maintained as living museums that pay homage to the sacrifices of the allies in World War I and World War II.
The 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I
A tour of Normandy, France, with site visits to the Caen Memorial for Peace and the Pegasus Bridge, where the D-Day invasion began has been organized by the Magellan Travel Club. From October 10th to the 22nd, 2018 a highly customized tour of Normandy will take you to the D-Day Landing Beaches, World War I sites and Mont St Michel.
While in Normandy you will overnight and enjoy life in a 1000-year-old French Chateau de Canisy.
Life at the Chateau de Canisy
Chateau de Canisy is the private residence of Count Denis de Kergorlay and his family. His ancestors have continuously occupied the property for the last ten centuries.
Canisy is a living window into important crucial events. They include the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, the French Revolution and, of course, D-Day.
Furthermore, it has ties to many important historical figures. Some notables are Alexis de Tocqueville, Charlotte Corday, Marie Antoinette, General Omar Bradley and the great war correspondent Ernie Pyle.
Your host, Count de Kergorlay
Count de Kergorlay traces his ancestry to Herve de Carbonnel who fought beside William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. He later participated in the First Crusade in 1095.
Today, the Kergorlay family welcomes visitors to stay at their castle and relive history in aristocratic chateau style. Included are sumptuous breakfasts and four-course dinners that include pre-dinner cocktails, wine with meals and after dinner aperitifs and coffee.
Dinners consist of local specialties enjoyed family-style in the banquet room.
Living among French history
The Chateau has every modern amenity for your comfort, yet each room at Canisy reflects various eras in French history.
You will be staying in the home of Count de Kergorlay. This means hotel 24-hour room service, television, uniformed wait staff and other accouterments is not to be expected. Canisy is a place to relax and enjoy fellowship and conversation in front of a crackling fire. Or wake to the peel of church bells in the tiny village, just a five-minute stroll from the castle.
It is more home than a hotel.
Day trips to France and Belgium
While exploring Chateau de Canisy is part of the itinerary itself, but not all of it. The day trips in France and Belgium will bring the entire program to life.
On arrival, a motorcoach will depart from Charles de Gaulle Airport en route to Normandy. On the way, there will be a stop at Caen to visit the Memorial for Peace. The landmark honors Nobel Prize winners and pays homage to the Battle of Normandy and D-Day.
Caen was once the home of William, Duke of Normandy, who later became William the Conqueror with his victory at Hastings in 1066.
Completely leveled in World War II, Caen has been rebuilt from the rubble. Its remains used to create the Memorial to Peace, a solemn reminder of the horrors of war.
After a tour and a brief lunch at the museum, the group travels to Canisy with a mid-afternoon arrival.
Day trips during the five-night stay at Canisy include the world famous abbey of Mont St Michel, Bayeux and its historic tapestry. You will also enjoy the quaint and colorful port village of Honfleur and two days of exploring the landing beaches of D-Day.
Among the World War II sites are Pegasus Bridge, Longue sur Mer overlooking Arromanche and the remains of the Mulberry Harbors, St Mer Eglise, Pointe du Hoc, Utah and Omaha Beaches and the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach.
Another highlight of Chateau life is dinner with Count de Kergorlay who loves to tell the fascinating story of his chateau and its history.
On to Belgium
The tour then travels to Belgium. There the group will discover the events and sites of the centennial commemorating the World War I Armistice.
World War I highlights include Hill 63 (Sanctuary Hill) and its trenches, Tyne Cot Cemetery and German Trenches. Travelers will also see the Last Post Ceremony honoring nearly 55,000 British soldiers whose bodies were never recovered.
Other visits include Ghent and its world-famous altarpiece, St Bavo Cathedral, the Cloth Hall plus much more.
While in Belgium the tour will call the Skindles Guesthouse, an 18th Century mansion that served as a British Officer’s club during WWI. The historic building, which was once a home celebrates the style of Louis XV and Louis XVI.
Remembering history so as never to forget
After November 2018, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I will never return. Relive these momentous historic events plus those of World War II while living amongst a thousand years of history at the private chateau.
You are invited to share in this once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity, and review the complete itinerary, by clicking on Normandy/Belgium/Canisy Tour
Step back in time and walk in the footsteps of those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the liberty and freedom we so deeply value and which is so much a part of our American heritage.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who travels throughout the world. Taylor is an award-winning television producer, reporter, and broadcast anchor. He now focuses on writing about international events, people, and cultures around the globe.
He is the founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) with the goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime
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