Normandy is best known for the battle of D-Day invaision during World War Two, from June 6th, 1944 until July, 1944. Operation Overlord took palce on the beaches Juno, Omaha, Gold, Utah and Sword, which were swormed with American, Canadian and British troops. Air attacks took place from above to help weaken the German forces and allow the troops to enter via the beaches. In the end over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing during the Battle of Normandy.
Our long weekend was rather spontaneously booked 2/3 weeks before we went. I first wanted to surprise my partner to visit there as he’s wanted to go for a long time to visit all the D-Day museums and learn more of the history of WW2. Well, I tried keeping it a surprise until he borrowed my laptop that had open my Trip Advisor account showing places to visit!! However it was good that he found out really, as we could both plan exactly what we want to see and do.
“D-Day” means the day on which a military operation begins.
We reserved a car from Europcar, booked the beautiful Le Clos Saint Jean B&B and had a full list of museums, memorials and places to walk planned for our weekend. Driving from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Bayeux, France took us roughly 6.5 hours, not including our lunch stop, but it was a good drive with only one traffic jam of 30mins.
We arrived by the late afternoon, greeted by an amazing couple who had been running the B&B only for 3 months. They recommended that we walk along from the little stoney beach thats only 400m from the B&B to Omaha beach while the tide is out, and back along the bike path at the top of the cliff. It was a lovely 1 hour walk to do before settling in for the evening. It was cool and uncool at the same time to walk there, knowing so many people, most younger than us, had died there.
Check out the links below of how our 4 day itinerary weekend!
Day One – 360 Museum, D-Day Museum De Debarquement, Pegasus Bridge museum & Arromanche.
Day Two – Pointe Du Hoc, La Combe German Cemetery, American Cemetery & Memorial, the Overlord Museum & Bayeux.
Day Three – The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, British War Cemetery, Bayeux Tapestry Museum, 1944 Radar Museum & the Longues-sur-Mer battery.
Day Four – Leaving the B&B to drive back home via the Fortress of Mimoyecques & La Coupole.
*This trip was in 2016