Our destination was to be the D Day beaches - about a 3 hour drive from Calais.
The weather was not its best but we drove past Caen and onto visit Omaha Beach - one of the American landing points. There is a beautiful memorial sculpture on the beach, and despite the weather there was also a large number of visitors
Each of the beaches has a large engraved stone memorial
We drove up onto the cliff top where there are still German gun placements
From the cliff top (that had to be scaled under heavy gunfire) you can see the remains of the man made harbour at Gold Beach (one of the British landings) that was constructed within three days of the landings.
We spent the night at a very pleasant hotel on the outskirts of Caen and after a good meal and early night was called for.
We began our expedition early Sunday morning with a visit to more Gun turrets between Omaha and Gold beaches, these are known locally as
|still very much intact|
|the noise inside these constructions must have been deafening|
This is one of the concrete piers that were towed across the Channel to make the harbour
|These things are HUGE and it is hard to believe that they actually floated!!|
A naughty visit to a Boulangerie for a bite of breakfast.
|A huge Pan au Raisin|
|some people never change....|
The Museum had some brilliant exhibits and a film and slide show showing footage from the time. A lovely French guide talked us through a Diorama showing how Mulberry Harbour was constructed.
We spent most of the morning at the Museum, a very moving place.
|Photo from d-day overlord.com|
We also visited Juno Beach (the Canadian landing) and Sword Beach (another British landing)
|the Memorial Garden at Sword|
As you can see, the weather had improved as the day went on.
I think that the surprise trip went down well with L and we all would like to return - maybe in the spring - for a longer visit to this lovely part of France where there is so much to see, we only just skimmed the surface.
Thank you to my dear man for driving most of the One thousand miles in two days - as much golf as you like next week. xxx