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    Normandy 1944

    by gwened Updated Aug 20, 2012

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    Normandy is a popular place, go there a lot, pass by there every week. My mom rest there in Honfleur...Its special on top of the historical value.

    For the D-day beaches the best base is Bayeux, you can take tours from there, then close second is Caen. THE memorial of peace in Caen is a must. The car is king, will see more up close and personal. Renting one is a budget but if can, its the best way to travel. public transport is not too well service there.
    Rouen is very nice, from the Cathedral to the Maclou its walkable city, the ashes of jeanne d'Arc said to be by the river Seine off blvd Republique down to it, and see the spiral church where the burning cross was, the market at the vieux marche and St Marc are wonderful in the mornings, so is the little know abbey of St Ouen, its huge and nice. Dieppe go to the area around church St Jacques for a wonderful marché, and the the blvd de Verdun.
    a week in Dday is wonderful with nice country to see, this site is in French maybe google can translate it ,its dedicated by local French man to all the men who landed in June 6 1944
    http://www.6juin1944.com/
    and this site is in English, plenty to read for planning
    http://www.normandie44lamemoire.com/versionanglaise/indexus.html

    if you need specifics let me know. I go by there again Jan 1st 2012!!!

    marching on by Avranches
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    Mont Saint Michel

    by grayfo Written Aug 5, 2012

    With massive walls measuring more than half a mile in circumference and located in a bay at the bottom of the Cotentin peninsula, Mont St-Michel is, with the exceptions of the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe, probably the most recognised landmark in France. Connected to the shore by a causeway, it tops a rocky islet at the border between Normandy and Brittany. The rock is 75 metres above the sea. Take great care here as the tide is one of the fastest in the world, covering 40 km in six hours, and the difference in height between high and low tides can be 15 metres.

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    Granville

    by grayfo Written Aug 1, 2012

    Granville is a quaint fishing port where the lower part of the old town was partly built on land reclaimed from the sea, whilst the upper part of the old town is surrounded by ramparts from the fifteenth century that are entered via a drawbridge (Grand ‘Porte). The town derived its name from the Grant family who occupied the area and after helping William the Conqueror were granted the land.

    July 1990

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    Domaine de Houvre,Pierrefitte en Auge

    by gwened Written Jul 20, 2012

    a heaven of country in beautiful country just outside pont l'éveque and near Honfleur; an eco domaine to see the farm as it once was.
    You get to see the farm with guide, and feed the animals, plus a wonderful nature park, to wander in caleche horse drawn carriage.

    just like the country used to be and still is here. A nice place to visit, we did it with the boys and they really enjoy it, teens.
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    La Cour de France
    14130 Pierrefitte en Auge

    next to the lake at pont l'éveque
    train station at 2km and bus vert buses pass by here close. YOu can come by car on the A13 exit pont l'eveque pass thru town center direction Caen, at the mairie or mayors office take left direction le lac, upon arriving at the Base de loisirs you are it.

    getting that carriage ready to travel peaceful folks a pond, a house, a farm
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    GrandCamp-Maisy

    by Segolily Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Just had to include the statute at an intersection of town. It is big and beautiful and fairly new. It was in commemoration of the 60th D-Day anniversary.

    The newly uncovered gun batteries here were one more place we were unable to visit.

    World peace statue
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    Utah Beach

    by Segolily Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The western most beach of the allied invasion, the US 4th Infantry landed here on 6 June, 1944. Brig General Teddy Roosevelt Jr came ashore with the first wave, the only Allied general to do so. His actions were widely honored.
    This was our favorite beach. Perhaps because it was so late and there were few people about. Perhaps because it seemed more intimate, more approachable. Perhaps because after all it was only a beach, and by the end of the day we couldn't absorb any more history, and we just enjoyed a sunset on a beach. Again, we arrived too late to visit the museum, but there were plenty of monuments to go around (eight by one count).

    The museum Flags of many nations Our ultimate destination Another monument at sunset The landing boat
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    Vimoutiers

    by Segolily Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Off the side of the road out of town the Germans for some reason abandoned this tank, perhaps they were out of fuel. This tank was protecting the fleeing soldiers. The battle of Normandy was lost, General Rommel was wounded and the Falaise Gap was closed. For years it was left where it sat, leaning ever more precariously and being overwhelmed with vegetation. Finally the town took action, in 1975 the tank was restored and a park made around it. For us it was the beginning of our WWII saga. Our first encounter with the tanks, the story, the people and the towns left behind. We were glad we came. There are others who make the pilgrimage, looking for history where it happened.

    Tiger type E  n. 231 facing towards town
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    Le-Mont-Saint-Michel, pilgrimage to a sanctuary

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    As a teenager I used to be staring at a large poster in my French class. Others might have been watching the Eifel tower or the Arc de Triomphe, I was gazing at a small mountain filled with ancient buildings and surrounded by the sea. It was a picture of Le-Mont-Saint-Michel, a pilgrims goal for almost more then 1.000 years. The island, merely a rock in the sea in front of the coast between Normandie and Bretagne, is completely filled with a huge abbey and it's surrounding village. The original chapel devoted to Saint Michel (Michael) is hardly visible now-a-days and this "Western wonder" attracts millions of tourists every year (after Paris it is actually the second touristic attraction in France). How many of these present day tourist are pilgrims can hardly be said, but Le-Mont (as it simply is called in the region) has attracted through the centuries many thousands pilgrims per year. Also the location is of amazing beauty, as the island used to (and will again) be a complete island in a large bay that has one of the most extreme tidal differences in the world. The sea retreats here for almost 30 kilometer to return again near the island. Due to human stupidity, the nature has gotten in disbalance in the last century and Le-Mont is hardly ever an island again. In an enormous project that has been inplimented recently, this will be made undone, so Le-Mont-Saint-Michel will again have it's former glory as a sacred island in the sea. Both island as whole bay are UNESCO world heritage monuments!

    Le-Mont-Saint-Michel, a magnificent sacred island Amazing that these high walls are made so long ago From the top, Saint-Michel is watching us all

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    Take a trip back in history in Bayeux

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bayeux is one of these ancient gems that Normandie has to offer his visitors. The small town is of incredable scenic beauty and guarantees a very pleasant day for all who arrive here. It is the home of the Tapissery de Reine Mathilde, the famous tapestry of Bayeux and the oldest in it's kind. It is 70 meters long and tells the story of William the Conqueror who regains his right to the English thrown in the battle of Hastings. In the centre of Bayeux ne also can admire the magnificent gothic cathedrale Notre Dame and the town offers many restaurants that serve deliscious Normandian cuisine.

    Watermills along the Aure river Bayeux in a nutshell, a beautiful town

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  • Visit the Tapestry & the Town of Bayeux

    by saabfan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We stayed in Bayeux while visiting Invasion of Normandy sites because we were told it was convenient. What a lovely surprise to find that Bayeux, in and of itself, is a wonderful travel desitnation.

    Don't miss the Bayeux Tapestry. The museum in which is is housed does an excellent job of explaining the images. We wish we had studied a bit in advance. This is not a period of history any in our group knew well and the tapestry story is long and involved.

    While in Bayeux be sure to purchase some local cider and Calvados.

    If you're there on Saturday don't miss their weekly market.

    In the town of Bayeux The Bayeux Cathedral
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    Bayeux

    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bayeux is an attractive little town just off the Normany coast. Set just inland of the D Day landing beaches, Bayeux was the first town in France to be liberated from Nazi occupation.

    Bayeux is most known for the famous Bayeux Tapestry, over 1000 yers old it was commissioned in the middle of the 10th century. At 70 meters long the tapestry, tells the story of the successful attack by the Normans (French) on the Saxons (English) lead by William the Conqueror. There is also a mention of Halleys comet & soldiers getting stuck in quick sand off Mont Saint Michel.

    The Museum is open between a minimum of 9 - 6 pm, with a break for lunch from 12.30 - 2pm in the winter. Entrance was about 7 Euros.

    No Photos are allowed inside hence the postcard .

    Bayeux tapestry
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    D Day Landing Beaches

    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The 5 beaches of the D Day landing area Utah & Omah both landed by the Americans, Gold Juno and Sword which were taken mainly by by British and Canadians with smaller groups of Commonwealth and free French & Polish forces. On the 6th of June 1944 45,000 men took part in the intial "Operation Overlord" with many more following one the beaches were under allied control.

    Although the awful battle was bloody enough, the Nazis believed the invasion was to take place further up the coast near Calais where the channel is much narrower. This area was much heavier defended than the above mentioned beaches. Had they got it right, the chances are the operation would have been unsuccessful.

    Today the beaches are a haven of peace, the odd battlement dotted here & there are the only signs we saw that anything on this scale happened here.

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    American War Cemetery

    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It would be hard to visit the American Military cemetery and not be moved by the atmosphere and sight of so many graves here, Crosses and Star of Davids in perfect lines no matter what direction you look at them. 9386 American soldiers are buried here, plus a further 1557 soldiers whose bodies were never recovered are remembered by a memorial. Other soldiers were retuned home to America at the request of their families.

    The cemetery is open 9-5pm slightly later in the summer.

    American War Cemetery
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    Treat Yourself To A Great Guide

    by RoscoeGregg Updated Feb 22, 2011

    I have read every book I could about the Normandy invasion. I am better than average with a map. So I felt well prepared to find my own way as I toured Normandy. After just a few hours it became clear that I was going to miss many of the things that I wanted to see because Normandy I huge and the places that I really wanted to see were small and very specific. Add the kicker that many sites are privately held and restricted to guided tours. So I luckily found a great guide in Dale Booth.

    He was smart, very well prepared, approachable, super knowledgeable and energetic. He draws on a life time of study, personal contact with many veterans of Normandy and years of guiding experience. I used him for two days and was very satisfied. He took me to many sites that I would simply been unable to find. He quickly and expertly put things into context and filled in details with accurate information. He was very approachable and welcomed any and all questions.

    I am a bit of a cheepo and it was hard to part with the guide fee. In retrospect I have no regrets. I know that I had a much more meaning full time in Normandy because of using this guide.

    Dale Lays Out the Assault On The Mer-ville Battery Dale Give a Tactical Briefing Dale Takes Us To Overlook The Glider Landing Site Dale's Sand Map For a German Strongpoint Dale Answers Questions About This Aid Station
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    VISIT THE CHEESE FACTORY

    by xymmot Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    Located in the very heart of the Pays d’Auge, La Fromagerie Graindorge in Livarot is the only independent company which produces Pont- l'évêque, Livarot and Camembert cheese. The origins of the company go back to the beginning of the last century. In 1999 a fire completely devastated the factory. An ultramodern factory was built in its place, with equipment allowing mass production while respecting the traditional manufacturing methods.
    The new buildings include a tour which informs visitors about the manufacturing process and refining of cheese. Along the way they encounter videos and interactive presentations which detail each stage of the process plus students will have a ‘hands on’ experience of turning the curds into cheese

    You can drive through as famous places as Camembert, Livarot or Pont-l'Evêque. The names of those villages were given to cheeses. I suggest you to visit the Gaindorge cheese factory located in Livarot.They produce Livarot and Pont-l'Evêque cheeses. The visit is intreactive and allows you to understand the evolution of the production from the collection of the milk at 150 local farms to the end product. Dont mis neither the shop at the end of the visit. The choice among local products is simply huge !!!! Prefer the visit in the morning as the production is fully operating at this momement of the day. Opening hours : - Monday-Friday : 9.30 till 12.00 and 13.30 till 17.00- Saturday : de 9.30 -12.00Free entrance
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Basse-Normandie Hotels

  • Mercure

    Route du Mont Saint Michel, BP 8, Mont-St-Michel, Basse-Normandie, 50170, France

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    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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