Semper Vivens

04 October 2010 | Berlin, DE
29 September 2010 | Düsseldorf-Köln-Düsseldorf
28 September 2010 | Muiden – Terborg - Düsseldorf
27 September 2010 | Amsterdam, NL
27 September 2010 | Callantsoog, NL (6m below sea level)
25 September 2010 | Callantsoog-Hoorn-Breezanddijk-Den Helder-Callantsoog NL
23 September 2010 | Arras, France
22 September 2010 | Dieppe-Picquigny-Albert-Vimy, FR
21 September 2010 | Pourville(Dieppe), FR
19 September 2010 | Le Mont St-Michel, Saint-Malo, Tréhorenteuc
18 September 2010 | Courseulles-sur-Mer, FR
17 September 2010 | St-Agnan-le-Malherbe and Bayeux
16 September 2010 | St-Agnan-le-Malherbe
15 September 2010 | Heuqueville, FR
07 April 2010 | HFX
07 April 2010 | HFX
23 December 2009
16 September 2009 | HFX
06 September 2009 | hfx
01 September 2009 | HFX

Juno Beach

18 September 2010 | Courseulles-sur-Mer, FR
Sunny, 20C
Photo: Steph at Juno Beach

From our temporary base at François and Joseé's home in St-Agnan le Malherbe, we drove to Courseulles-sur-Mer and Juno Beach, where the Canadians landed at D-Day. Steph has been busy snapping photos and writing down her impressions as part of her First and Second World War studies. The Juno Beach Centre here is staffed by Canadians, but unlike the WWI memorials at Vimy and Beaumont-Hamel, it is run by a Veterans' non-profit organization. The museum itself is well-designed, with plenty of information about Canada before, during, and after the war, and it is a short walk to the beaches where some of the remains of Hitler's "Atlantic Wall" still stand, a reminder of the fierce opposition the Canadians faced when they landed on 6 June 1944. One bunker shows the visible scars of a shell hitting just above the gun emplacement, and this particular bunker was stormed by Lieut. Aiken's company of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, at the cost of three-quarters of his men. Many of them are buried a short distance to the south at the Canadian Cemetary at Bény-sur-Mer, along with more than 2,000 other Canadians who fell in the early weeks of the Normandy campaign. One cannot help but be moved by the immaculate condition in which these beautifully-designed cemetaries are maintained in stark contrast to the horrific conditions that claimed their occupants, and if surveying the row upon rows of headstones is not sombre enough, some of the poignant tributes left at a few of the headstones really strike home; one in particular was a note to a 19-year old soldier killed shortly after D-Day, written on the back of a photo that had to have been taken when he was a young boy, surrounded by family on a prairie farm.

Needing a bit of a lift to the day's mood, we drove into Caen and visited the Château and Musée de Normandie, where William the Conqueror built his principal castle, and Marine furthered her study of the Middle France it is easy to pass through several eras of historical artefacts and monuments within a few kilometres!
Vessel Name: Semper Vivens
Vessel Make/Model: Avance 40
Hailing Port: Halifax, NS
Crew: Judy, Steve, Stephanie and Marine
About: Having completed a nine-month voyage in 'Semper Vivens' in 2007/08, the crew develops itchy feet again and decide to head over to Europe for a four-month "land cruise"!
Semper Vivens's Photos - Semper Vivens (Main)
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P1010755: Marblehead with many boats already hauled out
P1010756: Mike Dickey, Paula Mac Donald and their family in Marblehead
P1010762: Scuitate, Mass. The landing spots of the Kemptons long ago
P1010771: Quincy Market, Boston
P1010774: Marine after a busy day in the big city of Boston
P1010661: Matt Dickey and Marine...4 generations of friendship..What more can I say!
P1010669: Boston Aquarium...don
P1010721: Low tide up one of the small rivers at Kittery Point, Maine. Thsi is where Sir William Pepperrell was born and headed out from to take seige of Louisburg in 1743?
P1010740: Playing on a private beach at Kittery Point, Maine. I thnik the owners are only there for holidays...hope so!
P1010747: Salem, Mass dungeon. It was pretty bad conditions in these jails...not quite Club Fed of today.
P1010749: Salem is till full of clothing everwhere and October is the month to visit! The story is very interesting.
P1010751: Marine and her new horse..less work than the traditional ones.
P1010697: We think that Steph is enjoying herself. Actually she jumped out of her bunk to make sure that she watched sunrise while we were out of the sight of land.
P1010695: Captain Clare out of sight of land for the first time!
The crew of Semper Vivens embarks on a "land cruise" through Europe
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The Avance 40 "Macintosh", now "Semper Vivens" on the hard in Freeport, Maine.
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About Us

Who: Judy, Steve, Stephanie and Marine
Port: Halifax, NS