Dries Buytaert

Traveling around Normandy in a van

Over Labor Day weekend, Vanessa and I drove around Normandy. We admired the natural beauty and visited a few historical D-Day sites.

In June 1944, more than 150,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along the heavily fortified French coast. As we traveled the coast and overlooked the beaches, we saw the remains of artificial harbors, floating piers and bunkers. All powerful reminders of the atrocities that took place.

Vanessa overlooking the cliffs in Normandy

We stopped at Omaha Beach and Gold Beach, and visited the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. The cemetery honors 9,000+ American soldiers that died in World War II. It was humbling to think about how many people lost their lives for our freedom.

Hundreds of white crosses at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer

We traveled in a Volkswagen California. Sleeping in a van for 3 nights made it the perfect "corona trip".

Vanessa waking up in the van
Close-up of breakfast being made in the van

Because it was a short trip, we didn't get to all of the places we had hoped. It gives us a reason to get back on the road for another adventure.

A narrow road along the coast in Normandy

— Dries Buytaert

Dries Buytaert is an Open Source advocate and technology executive. More than 10,000 people are subscribed to his blog. Sign up to have new posts emailed to you or subscribe using RSS.