Pictures From Courseulles-sur-Mer

by Greg Blaney June. 12, 2018 715 views

After my stay in Holland (see 2 posts - "A Tribute to My Uncle (1)" and "Seven Photos in Deventer, the Netherlands") I journeyed to France, specifically to Courseulles-sur-mer, Calvados in the Normandy region. I visited another uncles' grave (see my post "A Tribute to My Uncle (2)") and also took time to wander around the town and see what there is to see. Courseulles is very quaint and appears old. I say that it appears old because I was told that almost all of it was destroyed during the D-Day invasion in June 1944. Whether it was or wasn't, Courseulles is beautiful and the people are nice (they put up with my limited French vocabulary very graciously). Here are some snaps that I took...…….

A morning walk on the beach in front of the Juno Beach Centre, the Canadian war museum in Courseulles.

A morning walk on the beach in front of the Juno Beach Centre, the Canadian war museum in Courseulles.

As I enjoyed a morning exploration of the fishing docks in the harbour, a fog bank rolled in and enshrouded everything. However, one intrepid skipper heads out, despite the lack of visibility. He obviously knows more about the local weather than I do as the fog had burned off within the hour.

As I enjoyed a morning exploration of the fishing docks in the harbour, a fog bank rolled in and enshrouded everything. However, one intrepid skipper heads out, despite the lack of visibility. He obviously knows more about the local weather than I do as the fog had burned off within the hour.

Sunrise on the beach. Those puffy things are a form of seaweed, I think. And the building?........unfortunately, too early for ice cream :-(

Sunrise on the beach. Those puffy things are a form of seaweed, I think. And the building?........unfortunately, too early for ice cream :-(

A typical street in Courseulles and the fog is still lingering. This is a two way street with parking on one side. The sign is not advertising a doctors’ office. It’s actually a bakery (pain in French means bread in English).

A typical street in Courseulles and the fog is still lingering. This is a two way street with parking on one side. The sign is not advertising a doctors’ office. It’s actually a bakery (pain in French means bread in English).

 Two shots at the cemetery (this photo and the next). I loved the shadow cast by the cross onto the hedge by the morning sun (above). I bumped the shutter up and stopped the lens down to get a quasi silhouette of the gravestones (below). Crosses seem the be the popular choice.

Two shots at the cemetery (this photo and the next). I loved the shadow cast by the cross onto the hedge by the morning sun (above). I bumped the shutter up and stopped the lens down to get a quasi silhouette of the gravestones (below). Crosses seem the be the popular choice.

On a sandy dune in front of the Juno Beach Centre an impromptu memorial to the fallen soldiers has sprung up.

On a sandy dune in front of the Juno Beach Centre an impromptu memorial to the fallen soldiers has sprung up.

Looking toward the pier from the dunes near the Juno Beach Centre. This person is fishing and enjoying the view after riding his bicycle to the light at the end.

Looking toward the pier from the dunes near the Juno Beach Centre. This person is fishing and enjoying the view after riding his bicycle to the light at the end.

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Vivienne Albiston 3 years, 3 months ago

Balanced stones , very fitting.

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Greg Blaney Replied to Vivienne Albiston 3 years, 3 months ago

Hi Vivienne. In Canada you'll see the stacked stones in many places. It's a take-off of the Inuit art of building an inuksuk, which is a memorial to loved ones. So as you say, very fitting.

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Heike 3 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful atmospheric photos, Greg. I love the quietness in them very much!

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Greg Blaney Replied to Heike 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Heike, I'm glad you like them. Getting up early (which I don't do often) certainly offers a softer light and fewer people ;-)

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