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Weather conditions over Normandy had been iffy for days.Unlike the paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions who jumped into Normandy on D-Day 70 years ago, our orders came not from General Dwight D. Eisenhower, but via text message from our paragliding instructor.My wife and I had come to Normandy ahead of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings to explore the region's rich history, cuisine and culture. The thrill of taking off from the cliff top and swooping over the beaches, imagining how it appeared on D-Day, made the 10-minute flight an unforgettable highlight of three days in Normandy.This was one of the invasion's five famous landing areas spread over 80 kilometers of coast where 160,000 U.S., British and Canadian troops came ashore on D-Day.There are so many D-Day museums in Normandy that it's hard to decide which to visit on a short trip. Using a $5 smartphone app "Normandy D-Day 1944," I narrowed our selection to two: the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum in Bayeux and the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise. There's much more to do in Normandy than visit war memorials.
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