Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Caen, Basse Normandie, France

Nov 10, 2013 - Some Gave All

Some Gave All We left Honfleur to go to Caen, which the internet said was pronounced Ken, but the French say Khan, like Kublai Khan, whereas Cannes is pronounced Can, like tin can only softer sort of. No one ever knew what we were trying to say anyway, in spite of our best efforts at pronunciation. Caen is centrally located to everything we wanted to see, so I had booked an Airbnb room there for four nights. We weren’t supposed to check in until 5pm, when our hostess got home, one of the small downfalls of Airbnb’s over hotels. You have to...

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Aug 26, 2012 - Arrival in Caen

The drive from Rouen to Caen took about 90 minutes. Ali drove the entire way, as she was feeling full of beans. Caen has a little orbital route around the outside, so you can do an entire loop around the city if you’d like to. Luckily, she didn’t and we headed straight for the hotel. The parking was free in the street – so another saving for us. Yay! The city itself is inland, about 45mins away from the coast, but it does have a series of small boats in a canal\river. We drove along this and then around the edge of it to get to the hotel,...

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Aug 25, 2012 - Rouen to Caen

We left Chartres by lunchtime, (bit of a late start to the day), and headed to Rouen. I didn't know much about Rouen at all. Kirk is a fantastic travel buddy - he's like a walking travel guide! Apparently Rouen is a medieval town on the river Seine, and it's the place where Joan of Arc was burned at the cross, and there's some old cathedral there that's significant. (Note to self - all cathedrals are old in europe). Kirk was driving as we headed in to Rouen, and I must say he drove remarkably well, especially considering the U-turns we had...

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Aug 17, 2012 - Caen / Normandy Beach

Hey Folks, Anything yaw think I should report on or ideas jus let me know. I'll do my best. Yeah, only 2 hours of sleep. Woke up thinking, I gotta pay my Hotel bill in cash! It's 415am and I have to go get more cash. Hmm, ATM, now where did I see one. After 20mins I finally found one. Took me 3 attempts; Had this one guy weirding me out. Yeah, lil risky at 445am to get a great deal of Euros. Got my cash and headed back. It's around 515am now and my train lives at 7am. Well, gotta take the Metro to St-Lazare train.They don't start running...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Normandy - Proud Canadian

It was time for a seriously long day trip. I was trying to decide between going to vimy ridge or Juno beach, I chose the latter. It took longer than expected (3.5hours each way) but was totally worth it. The train on the way to Caen and bus after were amazing in that you could almost imagine 66 years ago the vicious battles taking place over the same roads and treelines. The surroundings were so so familiar since I've seen them in so many aspects of media relating to WW2! When I made it to courselles sur mer, the first thing that struck me...

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Trip Journal

Alex en Europa 2012

Jul 15, 2012 - Road Trip to Brittany-Mont Saint-Michel-Saint Malo

Day 9: Mont Saint Michel - Departure to Saint Malo -Celtic music and dances (Sunday, July 15) Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel Morning: Departure by coach to Saint Malo, in Brittany.On the way, stop at the Mont Saint Michel.Field trip to the abbey and the old town. Lecture (on site): Unique character of Mont Saint-Michel's bay and abbey? Lunch: on your own and free time at Mont Saint Michel Afternoon: Continue by coach to Saint Malo. Arrival at hotel. Settling-in. Free time to relax. Field trip on foot along the ramparts and in the old...

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Jul 14, 2012 - Caen-Caen Memorial - Landing Beaches

Day 8: Caen memorial - Landing Beaches (Saturday, July 14) Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel + Packing Morning: Departure by coach to the Memorial of Caen.Meet local instructor: Andre Heintz, former member of the resistance Movement in WWII. Field trip to the Mémorial of Caen: the American Memorial museum, and underground H.Q. Lecture (on site): World War II and the American allies by Andre Heintz Watch a movie on D Day” Lunch: At Memorial’s restaurant Afternoon: Departure by coach to the Landing Beaches with Andre Heintz. Field trip to the...

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Jul 13, 2012 - Caen-Camembert chesse tasting-home visit

Day 7: Camembert cheese tasting - home visit (Friday, July 13) Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel Morning: Free time in Caen Departure by coach to a nearby local farm. Lecture (on coach): " Introduction to Normandy region" Lunch: at local farm. Enrichment activity: Taste made in Normandy products and watch farm animals. Afternoon: Continue by coach to the village of Camembert. Field trip to a Camembert cheese farm Lecture (on site) “Camembert cheese - an AOC made in Normandy” Coach back to Caen ( 1hour ¼ drive ) Dinner: Enrichment activity:...

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Jul 12, 2012 - Road Trip to Caen, in Normandy

Day 6: Claude Monet's house and gardens in Giverny / Departure to Caen (Thursday, July 12) Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel Morning: Departure by coach to Caen, in Normandy. On the way, stop in the village of Giverny. Field trip to Claude Monet's house and gardens: the house is pink crunched brick, just like at the time Claude Monet lived there (1883-1926). The gardens are a rectangular “Clos Normand” offering, from spring to autumn, a palette of varying colors of the painter-gardener who was “ecstatic about flowers’ site of « the Water...

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Jun 30, 2012 - Ireland to France

Hello. Been away from wifi for a while, so it's been hard to update. Especially when your in a country that doesn't speak English. Let's start with Dublin. The second day was great! All the crazies went away and the normal people came out of hiding. It was a sunny day, so mat and I walked and saw the Trinity College, old catholic cathedrals,... Ect. One of the reasons for going to relays was to find our family roots, so we did some of that. We went to a little family name shop that had the archives of old irish, Scottish, French, and...

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Jul 31, 2011 - Normandy, Omaha Beach, Caen, overnight to Portsmouth

Omaha Beach the memorial was chilling and interesting. Got a call at 4:15pm EST, 10:15pm CET they were waiting to get on the ferry to Portsmouth Ferry is scheduled to depart a 11:45pm and should arrive at 7:15am so it is after curfew and they were told to get on the boat and get to bed. On to London.

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Jul 6, 2011 - Normandy

Although we are not war buffs we found ourselves in an area of France that has felt many wars, Normandy. Famous for being the home of William the Bastard (Conqueror) the victor in the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the site of some fighting during the Hundred Years’ War (1337 to 1453, obviously historians are not mathematicians), the landing beaches of D-Day June 6, 1944 and, most recently, Rita and me arguing over where to eat. We visited the town of Bayeux to see the famous Bayeux Tapestry. This 70 meter long by half a meter high tapestry...

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