Visit the American Cemetary...
Visit the American Cemetary and pay respects to the men who paid the ultimate price for freedom.
Inside the cemetary there is a semi-circular memorial with a memorial garden and tablets of the missing to its rear. Facing west, the memorial overlooks a large reflecting pool, two flagpoles, from which the American Flag flies daily, the graves areas and the chapel.
La Pernelle: on the edge of...
La Pernelle: on the edge of this village is an amazing viewpoint. Stand on the hill and enjoy the panorama; put a coin in the slot for commentary; look at one of France's smallest town halls; and walk down the path to the replica of the Lourdes grotto. Then look at those views some more. Enjoy them even longer over a drink or meal at the Panoramique restaurant.
Walk by masts, sails, anchors etc.
All aboard? Well no, we didn't have the pleasure of coming here by boat, nor hopped on a rental. And one doesn;t have to go on board to enjoy the wonderful yaughts, sailing boats and other ships that are in the many many harbours in the port of Cherbourg. Over twenty kilometers, the town suprised me in the amount of larger and smaller bassins for boats. In the center one can't miss the central docks and harbour piers. Thousands of ships lay here and they variete from small private yaughts to beautiful three mast barks. Do you want to go out to sea? There are possibilities in booking fishing trips on the English Channel. Highlight in Cherbourg is the museum ship "Belem" (see seperate Tip).
Towering above Cherbourg from the top of the “Montagne du Roule” there is a 19th century fort presenting a magnificent view on the harbour and city. The museum is housed in the military fort built between 1852 and 1857. It was completely renovated and enlarged for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. It now covers 800 square metres and contains 17 rooms over two floors. Covering the invasion of Cherbourg to its reconstruction, a serie of lifelike scenes from the 1940 brings the museum to life.
Located 117 meters above sea level the museum is now showing a series of new exhibits relating to Germany and to the prisoners of war.
The Trip Begins
"A Great Offer!"
“How would you like to spend a week in a castle by the sea in Normandy?” This was the first sentence of an exciting Home Offer we received about a year ago. We could not believe that we had such an interesting exchange offer! Their castle for our Whistler ski home!! After a few emails back and forth the deal was done!! They came to ski in Canada at our Whistler home in March and we would look for ghosts in their castle Le Manoir de Dur Ecu in Normandy in July 2006!
"Le Manoir de Dur Ecu"
After spending two weeks in a great exchange in Cheltenham touring the Cotwolds the day had arrived. for us to pack up and head for France.Four of us, including my sister and brother-inlaw left in a rented car and drove to Southampton where we caught a cheap flight to Cherbourg via FlyBe Airlines. It was a perfect postcard afternoon when we landed at the small but convenient airport. Our exchanger picked us up at the airport and drove us 20 km south along the coastl to his wonderful fairytale castle. Chatting all the way there, showing us many interesting sites we finally reached our destination. It was hard to believe that we would have this huge castle for a week all to ourselves; LE MANOIR DE DUR ECU. The owner of the castle took great price in showing us around his home which has been in his family for over 400 years. We had the castle for eight nights all to ourselves. Thank goodness there were four of us, as the castle had over 25 rooms, it was huge, and we found ourselves getting lost in it for the first couple of days.
"From D Day to Dinan and Back"
During the week at this location, we had fun exploring the castle, it’s tower and grounds, the fabulous white sandy beaches right across the road, Cherbourg’s harbour, beautiful beaches of the Cotentin peninsula, the towns of Sainte Mere Eglise ( yes and Red Buttons is still swinging from the church tower), Le Mont Saint Michel, Fougeres, Dinan, and Granville; and the D Day Beaches of Omaha, Juno, and Gold. All these were day trips with the exception of Le Mont Saint Michel as we stayed on Le Mont overnight. And we did not find any ghosts!!!But that's another story.