Recently, Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 went on a vacation to Normandy and Paris! The trip included a cruise and time staying in Paris to sightsee. Here are some of the highlights from this adventure!
Omaha Beach, Normandy
While on this trip, one of the top destinations for sightseeing was Omaha Beach, home of the D-Day Landing Beaches. We actually visited this site on Veterans Day, so it was a very meaningful excursion. D-Day was a monumental feat for the Allies in World War II. Although the courageous invasion led to a victory, more than 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives that day. It was a solemn day of remembrance when we visited for the 75thanniversary of D-Day. The memorial offered a beautiful view and showed great respect to all those who lost their lives in the war.
Jewish Walking Tour in Paris
Another historic highlight of our trip was going on a Jewish Walking Tour. We were able to walk through Jewish neighborhoods and streets to see history and culture. The Jewish community did not always have an easy life in Paris. Many people were deported, murdered, or sent to concentration camps in World War II. The streets and shops have been restored to their historic beauty, but you can’t help but be moved with sadness for all those remembered on plaques throughout the tour.
Arc de Triomphe
Often featured in movies and pictures, the Arc de Triomphe was definitely worth the visit. Mostly noted for being such a tall monument, the Arc actually has a lot of history behind it. Napoleon ordered its construction in 1806 to honor the French soldiers who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. The names of generals and wars fought are engraved on the top of the arch. There is even an unknown soldier from World War I buried under the arch. A memorial flame burns at this spot for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every night at 6:30. The war history surrounding this was interesting to learn and see!
Of course we couldn’t go on this adventure without trying out food-favorites in Paris. One of our favorite foods to eat in between sightseeing trips were crepes. This French staple found a way into our hearts, and our stomachs! If we only could have packed some to bring home.
We had an amazing time on our Normandy and Paris vacation. Book with Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 so you can experience all that France has to offer!