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Apr 23, 2016 - Off to Normandy

Bayeux, France Today was a travel day but first we had one last look around our own arrondissement 7 (district 7 for the out-of-towners). This is the heart of Old Paris. There does not appear to be a single street that goes straight for more than 3 blocks – and those are short blocks! And the street may change names 3 times during those few blocks! We have been so very lost so many times but always managed to find our goal. Some of the roads are fairly broad while others look like alleys teeming with pedestrians but are still 2-way streets....

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Normandy

Oct 2, 2015 - Juno Beach

Friday, October 2nd. Driving along the narrow country roads which took us through the villages of Normandy we were again struck with the number of homes and villages that flew the American, Canadian, UK and French flags!! It was heart-warming to think many of these villagers remembered and were thankful for the huge sacrifice many foreign families had made in liberating their country. At the museum at Arromanches they showed a 360 degree movie, made from clips donated by Allied and German sources. The noise from the battle, the confusion...

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Oct 1, 2015 - On the Normandy Beaches

Thursday, October 1st. In the morning we headed across the peninsula toward the D-Day Landing Beaches. Code named “Operation Overload” it was the largest military operation in history. On the morning of June 6th. 1944, swarms of landing craft- part of an armada of 6000 boats and ships-hit the northern beaches of Normandy and tens of thousands of soldiers from the USA, the UK, Australia and Canada and elsewhere stormed onto the beach. How they accomplished this was documented very well through audio, film clips, movies, tours and museums...

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Sep 30, 2015 - Touring Mont St. Michel

Wednesday, September 30th, touring Mt. St. Michel We met our driver at the reception area for a 9:30 am departure. It was about a 10 minute wait to catch the shuttle provided free of charge out to Mt. St. Michel. The shuttle stop was at an information building and at the end of a series of parking lots that had room for several thousand cars. They were very well organized. These shuttle buses were an interesting design. As we found out shortly there was no room for the bus to turn around on the causeway so the bus was designed to be driven...

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Sep 29, 2015 - Heading to Mont St. Michel

In the morning we discovered that our campground was on the terrain of a former wine estate, which is about 300 years old. The Dutch family that has owned the campsite since 2005 are running it in a sustainable way so as not to become a burden to the nature around them. Among other things they heat with a sun broiler, and grown their own fruit and vegetables which are served in the restaurant. They also informed Bill that when they harvest the grapes, by using a machine that straddles the rows and basically shakes the vines and only the...

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Sep 20, 2015 - Omaha, Utah, and Pointe du Hoc

Off to see the US beaches and the museums and memorials. The roads in France are good and well signed, once you figure out how to read them. We went to Omaha, Pointe du Hoc, then Utah beach. the American cemetary is at Omaha beach. It's beautifully set out. The crosses line up perfectly in any direction. There were many people there putting flowers on specific graves. At the museum, there were many story boards of heroic men and women. Some were very sad. Pointe du Hoc is a point from which both Utah and Omaha could be seen by the Germans....

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Sep 19, 2015 - Exploring Bayeux

The cathedral in Bayeux is immense. It is as big as Notre Dame in Paris. We visited on a day when they were doing special tours because of Europen Heritage celebration. We lucked out and took a tour that took us up into the towers, across the inside of the roof so we could see the construction, and up into the spire. We were right under the bells when the rang at 11 AM. It was an amazing opportunity. We changed from our B&B to the Hotel D'Argouges, which is up at the top of the town. This hortel is lovely and has its own parking in a...

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Sep 18, 2015 - D-Day tour

Met our crazy Irish guide Colin and started our Overlord Tour early this morning. This man knows so much about the British and Canadian beaches! Our tour was only 7 people. We started at the Pegasus Bridge, where British gliders landed and successfully took the bridges here and in the surrounding areas. We went on to Sword, Juno, and Gold beaches, which were the British and Canadian areas during the invasion. We visited a church with many graves in the churchyard, and beyond a large Commonwealth cemetary. The weather was atrocious, and...

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Sep 17, 2015 - Bayeux

We drove through the countryside for 3 hours to get to Bayeux.. Not so different from Ireland, but not quite as green. Unfotunely we couldn't stop because we had an Overlord tour the next morning. We found our B&B on the map and asked a few people for directions, but had a hard time finding the place. Bayeux is a medieval town that is very well preserved, not having been bombed during the war, and the streets are really narrow and one way. We finally borrowed a cell phone and found we were only a block away. Our room was on the second floor...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Mont Saint-Michel, France

The ride to Le Mont Saint-Michel (spelt it right this time!) was better than expected, took us about 4 hrs did about 60km, about a third on secondary tourist roads which had no shoulder so was a tad hairy at times with the traffic. Thankfully the French drivers are very forgiving when it comes bikes, although Marg reckons I came very close to being taken out by an overtaking Motorhome with a large mirror, probably an Aussie driver LOL. Saw lots of market gardens, cauliflower, potatoes, celery and smelt onions. The bike paths varied from...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Sep 6, 2015 - Pontorson, France

Made it to Pontorson via train around 2pm, and located Hotel de France which was thankfully a stones throw from the railway station. Met up with the bike hire people - John & Veronica, English couple, they gave us a detailed run down on maps , routes & directions etc. After 6 days we will meet them back at Pontorson railway station, to hand back the bikes and pick up our bags. Marg & I have put minimal cloths, cycle gear into the panniers, weight being the issue. Both the bikes are very heavy, fully loaded we reckon 20+kg, with very average...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Sep 1, 2015 - Day 12 Just Cruising

That's the historical part of the trip over.We had a fantastic time in Normandy. And as in the Ypres/Somme so many great tales of bravery, sacrifice and also compassion. Lovely warm day, as we drove to the German cemetery behind Utah/Omaha beaches, Onto Arromanche and the British D Day Museum. wonderful displays of the Mulberry and other memorabilia of 6th June. Had a nice drive around country lanes and then back to Bayeux for the D Day museum and the Allied cemetery, all beautifully kept. Tomorrow is a drive across central France to...

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