15th July 2016
We have just returned from a fantastic trip to Normandy and here are some photos and a description of what we were up to…
It was a very early start and we got on the coach at 2am - surprisingly bright eyed and bushy tailed! We got on the ferry at Portsmouth and after a very bumpy crossing docked in Caen in the early afternoon. We got settled into the hotel, had a fantastic first meal and enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the promenade at Holgate before going to bed.
After breakfast we set off in the coach to explore the D-Day beaches and our first stop was the Juno Beach Centre. Here we saw a film and explored some interactive displays which explained the military role Canada played in WW2. We then visited the Arromanches 360 cinema which showed how the D-Day landings turned the war in favour of the allies and then we visited the American Cemetery in Colleville.
We then went back to the hotel and had a delicious meal before heading off for evening beach volleyball and ice cream!
After breakfast we drove to Bayeux and explored the local market buying lots of souvenirs and local produce. We then saw the Bayeux tapestry which in 70 metres explains the Norman invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings in 1066. After a leisurely lunch we then visited Falaise castle which was the birth place of William the Conqueror. This was a fantastic castle in which we used ipads to recreate what the castle was like 700 years ago!
Day 4 – Bastille Day
Following breakfast we headed off to a goats cheese farm in La Mimarnel where we learned all about cheese making and the history of cheese in France. We then got a chance to milk a goat and taste lots of different cheeses, It was actually not that smelly! In the afternoon we travelled to Honfleur which is a beautiful port which was packed with people celebrating Bastille Day. This was the chance to really shop for souvenirs!
A very early start and then the return journey L