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Normandy - D-Day landings
« on: June 06, 2012, 08:25:45 PM »
My son would like to visit the beaches in Normandy. Has anyone got any info on the best places to visit (tour data) and maybe a good centrally located hotel or B&B?

All info would be greatly appreciated

Cheers, Doc

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Re: Normandy - D-Day landings
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012, 11:18:18 PM »
I stayed here last year, nice place but maybe not to your liking as they have chalet type accommodation, can stay for 1 night or many more ! It's very close to JUNO beach.
http://www.camping-cote-de-nacre.com/accueil-en.htm

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Re: Normandy - D-Day landings
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2012, 01:06:15 PM »
*Originally Posted by steve [+]
I stayed here last year, nice place but maybe not to your liking as they have chalet type accommodation, can stay for 1 night or many more ! It's very close to JUNO beach.
http://www.camping-cote-de-nacre.com/accueil-en.htm

No Steve, that is perfect - we can tour each day from there, absolutely perfect.  :028:

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Re: Normandy - D-Day landings
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 06:42:50 PM »
Hi Doc

I stayed one night at the Ibis "Le Sainte-Mère, Rue Richedoux, 50480 Sainte-Mère-Église, 50, phone: 02 33 21 00 30", http://www.ibishotel.com/hotel-directory/de/europa/frankreich/sainte-mere-eglise/sainte-mere-eglise-hotel.htm
OK, not very central, but I liked it, big parking lot where you can put the bike a bit away from the public street, dinner was good


Good places, I guess, you are talking about the war, so I keep it focussed that, just a few ones ...

St. Mere Eglise:
- Airborne museum: http://www.airborne-museum.org/ (really worth to visit)
- of course the town, with the John Steele (both restaurant and the figure on the church) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Steele_%28paratrooper%29
  (This was the guy in "the longest day" that landed on the church, was shot into the foot.)
- here is also the km 0 of the road of liberty: http://www.normandy1944.org.uk/ste_mere_eglise.htm (that's the picture on the right side, the milestone)

In the area (semi island of Cottentin):
- German war cemetary in Orglandes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orglandes_German_war_cemetery  (see below with the allied cemetary) of course much more hidden and less frequented than Colleville, but worth to see the difference and perhaps a good idea to show to your son and have a short chat ...


Landing zones:
- Utah beach: north of St. Mere Eglise: ok, sea and sand with a small museum (I'd prefer the other two ones)

- Point de hoc: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointe_du_Hoc (do you remember the film "the longest day" ?) Here  they went up a steep hill with ladders just to see that the guns, they expected, were not yet ready with the ranger monument http://www.abmc.gov/memorials/memorials/ph.php

- Omaha Beach at  Saint-Laurent-Sur-Me with a museum and a sculpture in the sea: http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/France/Basse_Normandie/Saint_Laurent_sur_Mer-91261/TravelGuide-Saint_Laurent_sur_Mer.html

- Very impressive Allied military cemetery at Colleville sur Mer: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/no.php  (a clear must see)
 

Nothing to do with 2nd WW: Mont St. Michel: http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/france/mont-st-michel.htm


I hope, you find something interesting.

Regards, Bernie
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Re: Normandy - D-Day landings
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012, 07:34:07 PM »
Bernie,
Thanks very much for the information.

I was in the RAF for 24 years (left 11 years ago), but whilst serving I never managed such trips. I am very interest in visiting the beaches to see it for myself, and my son has seen 'the longest day' and other films, and is interested to see where it all happened. He is very patriotic. A good lad.

We will be there, June 6th, 2013.

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Normandy - D-Day landings
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2012, 07:57:08 PM »
Hi Doc

It's a good idea to visit such places and to remember the past. I was also in our Army for "quite some years". Well in Switzerland we have the system of a Militia, so we were not there 100%.

Enjoy the planning and the trip !

Regards, Bernie

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Re: Normandy - D-Day landings
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2012, 02:48:48 PM »
Hi,

I have been there last year with the bike. We slept in Commes. Beautiful beaches and a nice B&B.
We could use the garage for parking the bikes. More info you see on my site, www.lucgev.be
Make sure to use Google Translate to translate the site, it's in Dutch. I do notice problems with Google Translate and Google Maps  :003: You can also download the Garmin GPX files.

Bernie has written some very good information. We visited this places also.
But, there is not a lot to see in Le Sainte-Mère. Just a man on the tower of the church.

You will also see that I was driving a Suzuki Burgman 650 Executieve. A very cool bike. Now I wait for the money from my house that was sold. And then I become the owner of a Crosstourer  :001:

Grts,
Luc