- Atlantic wall defended to go and see
Hmmm…let’s see. Well just drive along the coast. Arromanches is great to see the remains of the Mulberry harbour still on the beach.
Ouistreham beach has some big observation towers in the main town.
Pegasus Bridge for some quality viewing.
Various gun emplacements just back from the beach in Colleville.
Plenty of cemeteries to get a good perspective on what is important in life and what is not.
And on an entirely unrelated matter go to the harbour in Deauville/Trouville for the best choice of places to eat.Posted 7 months ago
Honfleur is also a must see. Beautiful, picturesque harbour, historic town, great restaurants.
Rouen is a great city again with tons of history. The gros horloge or big clock followed by seeing the spot where those dastardly English burned Joan of Arc at the stake.
Bayeux, again a beautiful town, go and see the tapestry. It really is very impressive
Normandy is one of my favourite places in France. So much history, both modern and medieval.Posted 7 months agofootflapsSubscriber
You don’t need to leave to see them.
fascinating! 🙂Posted 7 months ago
I used to live on Juno Beach. Loved it!
Arromanches, as others have said, is worth a trip.
The cemeteries are chilling, moving places. The one that sticks in my mind is the small Canadian one just to the east of Reviers.
The Musée de la Paix in Caen is worth a trip, as is Caen itself. Great town.
Further south, the area around Alençon and Suisse Normande is glorious. Bungee at the Viaduc de le Souleuvre, if it’s still going.
Mangez Pont-l’Évêque et puis Galettes du Roix, buvez du Calva! Santé!Posted 7 months agoalpinMember
Just been down the Atlantic coast…
Lots of evidence that the Germans were enjoying the beaches all along the coast.
Had a look at a few of the beaches and visited the cemetery in Bayeux and had a look at Pegasus bridge.
The remnants of the bigger bunkers are still there on the beaches.
The cemetery was probably the most impressive/moving bit.
Further down the coast and camped next to a gun emplacement in Brittany, visited the U-Boot pens in St Nazaire and wandered among the displaced and almost ship wrecked remnants of some bunkers further south.
The Atlantic wall was more than a propaganda exercise.Posted 7 months ago
No worries, Andy.
I have some more detailed recommendations that might help if you’re spending time in Caen and/or Courseulles, but some may be a little out of date!
It’s good country, with good people, and some excellent food!
Did I mention the galettes? The Cheese? The Calvados? 🙂Posted 7 months ago
Which beaches for big bunkers ?
Well, there was this one time under the Croix de Lorraine on Juno Beach……
Oh. Sorry. You said bunkers. 😉
Most of the coast is full of stuff. As before, I’d suggest Arromanches as a good start point. The beach to the west of the Courseulles channel has a few, too. And a big Croix de Lorraine!Posted 7 months agojambalayaSubscriber
As above there are a few military cemetries, we have visted a few inc just outside Ouestreum/Caen. From memory there is not much on the UK landing beach there.
Just outside Deauville there is a German hill top fortification at Mont Canisy (network of underground tunnels but they are only open with a tour, some smaller bunkers and large gun positions you can wander round.
The new American museum and cemetry at Utah is worth the drive but its a fair way past Caen (1.5hrs ?)
Honfleur – definitelyPosted 7 months ago
Lovely long beaches at Deauville with some nice beach bars/restarants. Fresh seafood (La Centrale) just over the river in Trouville.
Drive around a little inland to see the traditional buildings and lovely countryside, lots of horses. Beaumont-en-Auge is typically pretty, hill top Abbey and one restaurant with a lovely setting (Cafe des Arts)muppet4Member
For breaking up the journey what about Dieppe for a failed landing? I went via Amiens last time and took some sites round there and then drove back via Rouen. Places in Normandy – some good suggestions on here which are musts to see, Merville Battery, Saint mere Eglise, st mer du mont is lovely behind Utah beach, Ranville, +1 for Du Hoc. I brake the area into sections and do as much as you can in a day. Every spot with a visit to the local cemetery. I have even done the route of 101st Airborne from landing. Most important is research now and plan.Posted 7 months agolyrikalMember
If you are travelling down from Calais in that direction, Merville battery is on that side of the D day landing beaches. The ranville British cemetery is nearby and worth keeping an eye out for a dog and it’s handler buried together in it. Also keep an eye out for the cemetery cat that will follow you around looking some attention.
Then if you go in the direction of Caen you will go over the new Pegasus bridge and the Pegasus memorial museum bedside it.
It’s also worth having a coffee in the first house to be liberated on D day, the cafe at Pegasus bridge. It is still owned by the family that lived there at the time and there is a photo of a wee girl standing outside it with troops, she is the old lady that you’ll see about the cafe. Just a note that she is very very french!! Or maybe I’m just not cultured enough for her liking.Posted 7 months agojimboboMember
Cycling/ driving from Caen you can follow the route the allies took. It’s well sign posted and last time I was over there were war era signs and directions, buildings still bullet scarred and lots of small places where two or three soldiers died. My mum lives in land near domfront and if you have the time to look, every village and town has a storyPosted 7 months agoavdave2Member
I used to live on Juno Beach. Loved it!
My neighbor Steve scaled those cliffs. He was a sniper with 46 commando assigned to support the Canadians. He never gives much away about what he did but at Rots you can see the memorial to his friends and colleagues who didn’t come home. A very modest man who always plays down what he did. He’s just celebrated his 95th Birthday, his mind as sharp as ever and a joy to spend time with but sadly his legs show the price he paid and his mobility is now a real problem for him. The fights not left him though, you can see the pain he is in to move around on his walking frame but he’ll be damned if he’ll let you help him. I feel very privileged to know him and should any of you ever get the chance to sit and talk to a veteran of D day you’ll find it means so much more when visit the area.Posted 7 months agobreninbeenerMember
We went on a cycle tour there and halfway down the Cherbkurg peninsula there was a coastal battery that had been converted to a visitors museum. One of the larg gun bunkers had a 365mm diameter shell in the back room. This had been fired by a US ship and had come into the bunker through massive concrete walls…..i couldnt even roll it, it was so heavy.
The compound had also been sheeled by german guns inland when it had fallen into allied hands. A very sobering place.Posted 7 months ago
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