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May 10, 2018 - Omaha & Utah Beaches - The Americans

Day 4 - Thursday 10th May Decided to take it easy today after yesterday’s bike ride. We moved off site in Arromanche & headed West along the coast towards the American Cemetery about 12 miles away in the Omaha beach area. On the way we stopped off to have a look at a German gun battery a couple of miles away on the cliff top. There were four great big concrete gun emplacements which had guarded the coast. Only one of them looked as if it had been damaged by the Allied shelling from the sea. From there we went on to the cemetery. It is an...

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May 9, 2018 - Biking To Ouisterham

Day 3 - Wednesday 9th May Another fine start to the day so we had breakfast & got away on the bikes on the ride along the coast to Ouisterham at the East end of the invasion beaches. After struggling up the hill out of Arromanche we made our way past Gold & Juno landing sites to Sword beach at Omaha probably about 17 miles. We saw various sites & monuments along the way, the odd Pill Box, tank, gun etc. all remnants of the invasion. In Ouistrham we visited the Blockhouse Museum a five story reinforced concrete observation post. Lots of...

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May 8, 2018 - The Road To Normandy

Day 2 - Tuesday 8th May Found out in the morning that our car park is right next to the Eurotunnel train terminal. That probably explains the miles of high metal fences all around. There were no signs of immigrants trying to get past the fences so maybe the problem has been controlled. We did get a knock on the door just after 7am by an English guy who had seen me out having a look around. He was looking to borrow a set of jump leads as his Motorhome battery was flat & he couldn’t start his engine. As he was due to get the Eurotunnel train...

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Oct 25, 2017 - Memorial Peace Museum

We left our boat, MS Bizet, this morning. Very sad. The whole crew was out to say and wave good bye to us, as we drove off in our buses. The sun is out again. The weather is beautiful. Just a tinge of cool air; beautiful fall air. We drove through the wonderful French countryside again, on our way to Caen. We stopped here for the morning as we visited the Memorial Peace Museum. It has displays of D-Day and the whole of World War II, including the battles in the Pacific against the Japanese. The memorial is dedicated to the history of...

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Oct 24, 2017 - Bayeux

Today we are docked at the harbor city of Honfleur. We took a walking tour around this beautiful village. It was created in 1668 by Duquesne under orders from Colbert as a defensive measure and was mostly involved in exports to England during the Hundred Years War. The French king had this strategic spot fortified. Through the Ancient Regime, Honfleur's ship owners made fortunes from trade, notably with North America. Samuel de Champlain, one of the most famous explorers associated with the port, headed off to found the Canadian city of...

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Oct 23, 2017 - The Beaches of Normandy

Well today was what the whole trip was all about. Revisit the beaches of Normandy. We were here 30 years ago. The beaches, which are a living museum, have not changed. Buildings, churches and homes that were destroyed here during World War II have been rebuilt and/or restored. Also, museums and memorials have been built to celebrate the 40th and 50th Anniversaries of D-Day which weren't here when we last visited. The weather was cold and gray and only a little rainy; as it should be during this solemn visit. The D-Day landings, code-named...

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Jul 5, 2017 - Bayeux, France

I arrived in Bayeux at the end of a medieval festival. There were a lot of vendors and such in the street. Bayeux is in the Normandy region of France known for three things. First, a gateway to the DDay landing sites and the American cemetery. Second, the Tapisserie which has gained a UNESCO heritage designation. My understanding is its a 70 foot long tapestry showing events from William the Conqueror. (This comes from an American tourist I met and I haven't verified it's accuracy.) I didn't go to see this. Third, the Notre Dame cathedral...

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Jun 30, 2017 - Arriving in Moyon...Eventually!!

Thought of the day : Like most men, I think of myself as an eel or a sea-run salmon, knowing instinctively where to go... Great crossing - Portsmouth to Cherbourg, leaving at 7.30 and taking 3 hours. Arrive in France with Satnav not working, no internet access on mobiles and, of course, no map! Make it to St Lo, no probs and then the fun begins. Si decides we'll do several laps of town and we try every road coming out (and there are a lot for a small...

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Jun 27, 2017 - Bayeux, France day 3 & 4

Monday We checked out the Memorial Bataille de Normandie Museum in the morning, a lot different to the Overlord Museum, we had seen on the previous Saturday. There were heaps more B&W photos, details of the allied forces struggle & how the Germans made some fatal mistakes in strategy during those early weeks after D day. Around midday we caught the bus out to 'Port-En-Bessin' an historic fishing port. It reminded us a little of Port Issac, although much bigger. We did lots of walks checking out the harbour and headland. The sea was very...

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2017 But's Adventure

Jun 25, 2017 - Bayeux, France - day 2

Sunday Today we explored Bayeux, the standout was the Tapestry Museum and we also visited the museum of Art and History. The Tapestry museum had a huge Tapestry (which was really more embroidery, it was so fine) that was on fine linen and embroidered out of dyed spun wool, and told the story of William the Conquerer's fight for the throne in 1066, it was truly amazing, we were both really impressed. The Tapestry was about 70 metres long and is thought to be made around 1070's and it is astounding that it has survived all these years when...

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2017 But's Adventure

May 26, 2017 - Bayeux

Nine o'clock start to walk to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum was well timed as there was no queue and we were quickly into the display area with audio guides and although there were numbered places above the tapestry the guide ran straight through so that you were told the story and kept moving! And what a magnificent piece of work - 66 metres with the story of William and his battle with Harold detailing the intrigue, the journeys, the battle and finally the coronation of William the Conqueror so 1066 and all that. Perhaps Daniel has read the...

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May 25, 2017 - Normandy Beaches

A sobering but very interesting day as we journeyed from Bayeux to the Normandy beaches, the scene of the D Day landings seen by the Allied forces as an invasion but by the French as liberation., and of course it did not all happen in just one day. Our first stop was at the German cemetery, well kept but so sad with so many of the burial spots just marked with the indication that here are buried two soldiers or one soldier and one name or occasionally two named soldiers. One plaque though has attracted particular attention and there are...

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