D-Day – December 2005

Hotel: Kyriad Caen Sud IF

 

Basic but clean, the main problem with this motel-style accommodation is the distance into Caen centre - around 10km - making a visit to the city's bars and restaurants a bit of a drag after a long day out on the battelfields, but as ever with French cuisine, it's worth the effort.

 

Battlefield visits:

 

First day - Pegasus Bridge and British/Canadian Beaches.

Pegasus Bridge, Memorial Pegasus Museum, Ranville Cemetery - Airborne graves, British landing beaches - Sword Beach, Juno Beach, Gold Beach. Arromanches museum and Mulberry Harbour.

 

Second day -  American beaches - Omaha and Utah. American Normandy Cemetery at Omaha Beach, US Airborne Museum at St. Mere Eglise, German Cemetery at La Cambe, where German Tiger Ace Michael Wittmann is buried.

 

Observation bunker at Pointe du Hoc
Observation bunker at Pointe du Hoc

Amphibious Sherman DD tank
Amphibious Sherman DD tank

Sunset at Bayeux Cemetery
Sunset at Bayeux Cemetery

Observation bunker at Pointe du Hoc
Observation bunker at Pointe du Hoc

1/8