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OlafTuono
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« on: January 11, 2019, 06:22:16 pm »

I am considering a ride to the Normandy beaches this year, mainly as a history tour over a few days to see where the D-Day landings took place.

Anyone done this before - if so, recommendations for things to see, and also not see would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 10:29:55 pm »

interesting...
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 10:59:23 pm »

I would recommend Ypres
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2019, 08:22:03 am »

Ypres is about 150 miles from the Normandy beaches but it is well worth a visit. All those rows of headstones brings a lump to the throat.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 10:13:39 am »

Nice ride out dependent on where you decide to base yourself
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2019, 04:00:04 pm »

Normandy is WW2 but Ypres is WW1   My interest is WW1 , been there ,done that and got the T shirt BUT always something you`ve missed . There is so much to see , reflect and wonder . How on earth did they cope ?.

Apart from what I think ............. well worth the trip  , just go and enjoy , you will not regret anything  happy88
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2019, 05:04:45 pm »

I've been to the area, but I'm sorry to say that I didn't find it very interesting.
Perhaps if you were really into WW history, or had particular ancestral connections, you might find it interesting, but not for me.
I spent a couple of holidays based on the other side of Normandy near to Coutances cos a mate of mine had a place over there and I also spent a night in Bayeux.
The scenery is nothing special and neither were the towns.
On the upside it's easy enough to get there for a short break, though I much preferred Brittany as a holiday destination.


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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2019, 07:49:12 pm »

I have been to the Calais / Belgium area of France, which as you say included Ypres, the Cambrais tank museum (with the original tank Guy Martins is based on), some V1, V2 and V3 launch sites, Atlantic wall defences etc.  Also Menin Gate, the Somme area, Vimmy Ridge, and several war graves, much of it is very moving and thought provoking.

This trip I am thinking about is a canny trek from Calais and is a separate mini tour.
I was thinking of the ferry to St Malo - then head east along the coast to see the landing beaches, Pegasus Bridge etc,  probably tunnel back.

Some of the museums I have seen to date are good, some not so.
I much prefer the old style layout with less of these I-pad type interactive displays.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2019, 08:42:14 pm »

   If you go, PLEASE get pictures?  I have studied WW1 and WW2.  I would love to see Normandy.
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2019, 10:17:52 am »

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/28/parachutists-to-fill-skies-over-normandy-on-75th-anniversary-of-d-day

Hi Olaf, I saw this in the Guardian today about an event taking place on 6th June in Normandy.
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