Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue is a small coastal town of about 2,000 located on Normandy’s Contentin peninsula in northwest France.
Fishing and oystering form the economic backbone of this sleepy seaside town; that’s clearly evident from a brief walk along the attractive port and a theme which dominates the selections in this gallery.
Set about 30 kilometers north of Utah Beach, the westernmost of the main D-Day beach invasions, tourism is also an important industry. From a small promontory at the southern part of town lies an excellent if distant view south towards Utah Beach and the landing points stretching to the east. Trying to picture some 4,000 boats and landing craft in this stretch of the English Channel –along with a soundtrack produced by countless planes, rockets and gunfire buzzing overhead– was both dizzying and numbing.
I was fortunate to observe a Higgins Boat restoration for a few minutes, and posted a 25-second video of the project here.
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Note: Initial images from April 2012. Galleries updated regularly as needed. Click on image to see a larger version.
A note about Piran Café gallery images and subject matter: When exploring new areas, my primary aim is to capture a place as it actually is. There are lots of sources for images of an area’s main tourist attractions, its perfect sunset views and well-manicured parks and streets. I like making those kinds of photos too, but my efforts are mostly focused on best capturing something that is slightly more representative, or more “real”, within the time constraints I have.