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    • Day 4


      August 27, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Heute stand eine Zeitreise auf dem Plan. Wir haben drei der Alliierten Landungsstrände besucht. Es war irgendwie doch ein beklemmendes Gefühl dort zu stehen, wo so viele Menschen ihr Leben lassen mussten. Und trotzdem waren diese Landungen einer der Wendepunkte dieses unsäglichen und zerstörerischen Krieges.
      Eigentlich wollten wir dort auf einem der Stellplätze übernachten, aber der Wind hat derart geblasen, dass wir uns entschlossen, weiter in Richtung Bretagne zu fahren. Falls das Wetter so bleibt, werden wir morgen zum Mont Saint-Michel radeln.
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    • Day 4

      D-Day: Gold Beach

      June 19, 2021 in France ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Den Gold Beach hatte ich letztes Jahr ausgelassen, man kann halt nicht überall hin. Da hier aber noch Reste der Landungsbrücken, auf denen nach dem D-Day Material an Land gebracht wurde noch im Wasser zu sehen sind, kam der Ort Arromanches-les-Bains auf die To-do-Liste. Nach der Landung wurde hier vor der Küste ein künstlicher Hafen (Mulberry B) gebaut, über den Truppen und Nachschub an Land gebracht wurden. Insgesamt konnten hier bis zum 31. Oktober 628.000 Tonnen Nachschubgüter, 40.000 Fahrzeuge und 220.000 Soldaten an Land gebracht werden.

      Leider war Flut, so dass nur ein Teil zu sehen war. An Land sind auch hier weitere D-Day Reste vorhanden, Landungsbrücken, Sherman Panzer, Monumente und überall Flaggen der Alliierten. Die Caches wurden beim Rundgang schnell erledigt.

      Die Nacht verbringe ich in Isigny-sur-Mer. Das Meer ist allerdings doch noch ziemlich weit weg vom Ort
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    • Day 8

      Camping Municipal.

      September 12, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Wir haben einen schönen Platz bekommen und wir konnten endlich wieder ausgiebig warm duschen. Es ist ein regnerischer Tag, wir haben die Athmosphäre in unserem liebgewonnenen Mobil sehr genossen und einen ausgiebigen Mittagsschlaf gehalten.Read more

    • Day 4


      August 26, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C


      Den Alliierten ist mit dem Mulberry-Hafen von Arromanches 1944 eine technische Meisterleistung gelungen. Da es nicht möglich gewesen ist, einen der normannischen Häfen zu erobern, legen die Alliierten im Juni 1944 einen künstlichen Hafen vor der Küste der Normandie an, um schnell Truppen, Militärfahrzeuge, militärisches Material und Versorgungsgüter auf das Festland zu bringen, bis die normannischen Häfen auf dem Festland erobert sind. Hierfür werden tonnenschwere Wellenbrecher und Landungsbrücken vor der Küste versenkt.Read more

    • Day 6

      D-Day Landing Museum -Musee du Debarquem

      October 7, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 55 °F

      This museum has windows facing the harbor so is a good way to get a look outside without experiencing the nasty weather like that we encountered on Sunday. The models, videos,and photographs it holds illustrate the construction and use of the prefabricated harbor. While battles raged the remarkable task of building this harbor took place in just 12 days.Read more

    • Day 11

      Camping Municipal

      September 15, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Heute ging es von Saint- Vaast nördlich in Richtung Barfleur über einen ausgeschilderten Radweg. Unterwegs haben wir eine lange Rast am Point de Soire eingelegt. Am Strand in der Nähe des einsam gelegenen Campingplatzes stärkten wir uns mit Brot und Käse und beobachteten die kleinen Motorboote, die zu Wasser gelassen wurden. Unsere Tour führte uns weiter zu einsamen Stränden, wir fanden dort einige sehr schöne Muscheln.Read more

    • Day 8


      June 28, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Whew, it is hot!! Almost all of Europe appears to be under heat advisories. Southern France hit an all-time record today at 115 (45.9 C)! We are fortunate to be in Normandy because Paris was 5 degrees hotter at 91 today...although tomorrow, we're scheduled to be the same at a scorching 95. Not quite like the desert heat we experienced a couple of years ago in the SW US! :-/

      Hard time getting going this AM with the lost hour and very comfy beds. We have two bedrooms, a sofa bed in the living room, and a sleeping mat on the floor, so we are blessedly able to spread out a bit.

      Started with the neat museum in Bayeux dedicated to the Battle of Normandy. Several neat tanks out front, 25-minute video, and special exhibit set up for the 75th anniversary. Ended up spending over two hours. Then off to Pegasus Bridge, where the battle started with British gliders capturing two strategic bridges. We took some photos, walked across the new replica bridge, and looked at the memorials, before retreating to the cool of our vehicle.

      Headed to the Melville battery next. They're in the process of significant upgrades at the sight. It was disgustingly hot, but we still enjoyed checking out a C47, underground batteries, well done exhibits (although need more English translation) and reading about the British parateoopers' struggle to successfully get the guns out of commission in advance of the D-Day landing at Sword. The bunkers were nice and cool, but finally we couldn't stand it anymore and we hit the road with AC blasting and guzzling water.

      Stopped briefly at Sword beach, which was gorgeous and lively with folks enjoying a respite from the heat. A wonderful breeze was very welcome. As we drove along, I would read passages from a really good Time Life book about the history and importance of the battle and what we were seeing and passing. Starving, we swung into a grocery store along the way and picked up pre-made sandwiches for a very late lunch to munch on the way.

      We wound along the coast, only able to glimpse Juno. Would have loved to stop, but wanted to ensure we had time at Arromanches before they closed for the day. We popped into a 360-degree video shown across nine screens on the 100 days of Normandy. Footage from US, British, French, and German sources, plus music, all woven into a mesmerizing story that required no narration. Overlooking both Gold and Omaha beaches, the remaining Phoenix caissons were incredibly impressive. Another brand new memorial for the anniversary with ghost-like metal figures made from welded washers was very powerful. The only snafu was realizing that my glasses fell out of my pack. Retracing my steps, I hear a crunch under the tire of a vehicle...yup, found 'em! :-/

      Finally, we swung through the battery at Longues-sur-mer to see the German guns and massive concrete structures still standing, seemingly hardly touched by the intervening years. Rowan particularly enjoyed climbing on and around the artillery pieces and rolling down the hill, over and over! (The exuberance of our youthful and irrepressible 'monkey' helped keep the day from feeling oppressively heavy.) A neat temporary installation described the work archeologists are doing here (and along the entire Atlantic Wall).

      Knowing they would be putting a lot of effort into what is realistically the final major anniversary for the dwindling numbers of veterans, this type of 'extras' is exactly why we came this summer.

      Returning to our flat, we had dessert, cold drinks, cool shower, and then simply relaxed. Whew, another long day in a long line of long days! We are now exactly at the half-way point on our week behind us and another week ahead. Feels like we've been gone forever and I also know our remaining time with race by all too quickly...
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    • Day 521

      Courseilles sur mer to Arromanches

      August 26, 2020 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Well the forecast looks good for a long sail tomorrow so we decided that as we would be static tomorrow we should exercise today. We decided to walk to Arromanches, the site of the Allied Mulberry harbour. The tourist office said it was about 15km so 9miles but mostly in sand. It was a great walk and as it was a falling tide we got to see the east arm of the harbour close up. The beaches were interesting with wooden groynes, rock barriers and oyster beds on the horizon. We had planned to take the bus back but the times weren’t great so after a delicious lunch we walked back again sometimes on the beach then as the tide rose in the dunes, loved it. I have seen the Mulberry harbour and Arromanches museum detailing its history and implementation a few times now but each time I am amazed at what was achieved.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Arromanches-les-Bains, Αρρομάνς, Арроманш-ле-Бен, Arremancia, 14117, Ароманш ле Бен, Arromanches, 阿尔罗芒谢莱班

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