"A Terrific Base for Normandy and the D-Day Beaches" Bayeux by vichatherly
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I've been lucky enough to stay for a few days in Bayeux on two occasions. My first was in the summer of 2009 and my last was in the summer of 2013.
On both visits Bayeux was the base for exploring the WWII Normandy D-Day beaches.
There is so much history to see in this area that I think you'd be kidding yourself if you think you can cover it all in one short holiday.
On our 2013 trip we took it a bit easier but still managed to get to
A re-visit of Bénouville for Pegasus Bridge and the Memorial Museum
A re-visit to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer for the American Cemetery
La Cambe for the German cemetery
Saint-Côme-du-Mont for Dead Mans Corner
A re-visit to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont for Utah beach
A re-visit to Longues-sur-Mer for the gun battery
A re-vist to Arromanches-les-Bains for Gold beach and the Mulberry Harbour,
I hope to be back soon to see more.
We stayed in beautiful Bayeux for a long weekend, three nights in a lovely family run Bed & Breakfast.
We wanted to visit the World War II beaches of Normandy. The beaches cover an area of over 60 miles and so we based ourselves in Bayeux, which put us in a fantastic central location.
We managed to visit all five of the D-Day beaches as well as find time to take a look at the Cathedral and the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
Because we only had four days, we took time before-hand to plan. This went rather well and it meant we did achieve the objective of setting foot on all five landing beaches.
We took the Brittany ferry across from Portsmouth to Caen, landing just after midday French time. We then took the small coastal road to our first stop which was Arromanches
We packed into our short stay the following villages and towns
Arromanches-les-Bains for Gold beach and the Mulberry Harbour,
Sainte-Mère-Église for the church and the US Airborne museum,
Sainte-Marie-du-Mont for Utah beach
Maisy for the batteries at Maisy and Pointe du Hoc
Colleville-sur-Mer for Omaha beach
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer for the American Cemetery
Courseulles-sur-Mer for Juno beach,
Bénouville for Pegasus Bridge and the Memorial Museum,
Ouistreham for Sword beach
Merville-Franceville-Plage for the gun battery and Ranville for the CWGC Cemetery.
I found that a decent guide book was indispensable, especially if you doing the tour around on your own steam.
A great book to get, which will really help on your planning is Major & Mrs Holt's Pocket Battlefield Guide - Normandy Landing Beaches
It has six different itineraries which take on different areas of the landings. Each had a detailed map and estimated time to take the tour.
1 - US Airborne Operations & Utah Beach, 3 hrs 30 mins
2 - US Rangers Operations Pointe Du Hoc & Omaha Beach, 4 hrs 45 mins
3 - Bayeux, Arromanches & Gold Beach, 5 hrs
4 - Canadian Operations/Juno Beach, 5 hrs
5 - Allied Commando Ops/Sword Beach, 3 hrs 30 mins
6 - British Airborne Operations, 4 hrs 30 mins
You can get this book direct from the authors at www.guide-books.co.uk
Also a good book to read before during and after is "D-Day" by Stephen Ambrose. This is a very readable account of the day.
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