For anyone interested in WW2 History the recently uncovered site at Maisy will be of particular interest. Buried and hidden for over 60 years but now being excavated and opened to the public it casts another light on the historic events of 6th June and the days that followed.Thanks to the enthusiasm and enterprise of Gary Sterne, an amateur...more
This striking polished granite Memorial, with its cut-out of a heavy bomber of the Lancaster type, pays tribute to the crews of RAF Heavy Bomber Command and of the two Squadrons, Guyenne 346 and Tunisie 347, of the Free French Air Force who took part in the Liberation of France in June 1944.One in every two perished - and most of those would have...more
This small building is much bigger than it looks from the outside and over its two floors has gathered quite an amazing collection of memorabilia from the US Rangers and particularly that relevant to their role at Ponte de Hoc in the early days of June 1944. On the second floor a film which tells the story of the events and decisions that led to...more
One of the joys of Grandcamp-Maisy is that it is a real working fishing port and daily life goes on there irrespective of the comings and goings in the small marina.A fish market is held on the quay every morning of the week - including Sunday,and if you are down there early enough you might see the boats bringing the catch home.(Timings depend on...more
This is the largest of the Graves in Normandy created and cared for by the German War Graves Commision.There is, on the site, an office with an excellent information room and quiet areas to sit and reflect, if not to comprehend, what this cemetery represents in terms of sorrow and loss.It was only after the war that the remains of the thousands of...more
Actually you can't miss it! If you are driving out of Grandcamp-Maisy along Rue du Commandant Kieffer, just before the junction where it meets Route de Vierville, you will see - particularly on a sunny day an astounding sight.A gleaming, colossal, winged figure of a woman, sculpted in stainless steel towers over, and dominates the surroundings as...more
IN GRANDCAMP-MAISYUpdate 7 Oct.2009We had a meal there last night. As good aa before and there is still the excellent 25 euro menu - most enjoyable. But beware the wine prices!A very popular and attractive restaurant with a pleasant and relaxed ambience overlooking the fishing port. Awarded the "Bib Gourmand" accolade in2008 by Michelin for Good...more
This is a small, bistro style, family run restaurant with an attractive indoor dining area as well as a small courtyard. It was rather quiet on the night we were there - only one other table of 6 people. Patrick the owner is very friendly and chatty. He is a local man and a lover of all outdoor pursuits. He told us about the seals that can be seen...more
Situated on the quay in GRANDCAMP-MAISY next to the daily (including Sunday) morning fish market, this friendly local cafe is the ideal place to watch the world go by as you linger over a coffee or a beer.Popular with both locals and visitors, including cyclists and walkers, you should not pass by Grandcamp-Maisy without at least stopping for a...more
Normandy is a very "horsey" region, and wherever you go you will not be far away from some kind of equitation activity.
If you holiday here and like to ride you will almost certainly find some stables nearby. There are numerous studs and the area is famous for breeding race horses.
A local past time/hobby/obsession is a sport known as Trotting ( also very popular in Wales where it seems to be known as Rasus)
Horses trot at speed pulling a small cart controlled by its owner. We had noticed posters advertising a forthcoming Event and every morning at low tide Trotters and their horse and carts could be seen doing speed test runs up and down the beach.
You had to be quick to get a picture as the speeds got faster and before the tide came in!