Wall Street Journal BY JOHN BARNES Wednesday, August 24, 2005
An American in Paris sees the sights of its liberation.
PARIS–Despite having been born as recently as 1960, I have a fascination with World War II. Judging by the best-seller lists and the recent release of such films as “The Great Raid,” it seems I am scarcely alone. In recent years, that obsession has found an outlet in a surge of war-related tourism, with caravans of air-conditioned motor coaches plying the back roads of Normandy, following in the footsteps of “Saving Private Ryan” and “Band of Brothers.” Since the youngest veterans are now in their late 70s, it seems safe to say that the tour operators can’t be catering to them exclusively.