I spent some time in Normandy, visiting my friend Audrey and Gael Chetelat’s lab at the Université de Caen. The lab was very welcoming and is doing very cool research…I enjoyed talking science with them (although I felt a little rusty!).
I haven’t seen Audrey in ages, so this trip was such a treat! She was a great host, and even made a Normandy to-do list for me (which I tried my best to follow!). I spent most of my time in Caen, but also saw the coast and famous Normandy beaches.
Visiting the Normandy coast was a very touching experience. As you are faced with tranquil views of the water, it’s surreal to imagine this as the site of D-Day during WWII. There is a beautiful American cemetery and memorial at Omaha beach, where the American 1st and 29th infantries landed during the attack. I felt very emotional and patriotic during this visit.
Thanks for reading! Our flight back to the USA leaves in a few hours, but I still have a few more posts to go so stay tuned!