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    Apologies if this has been done before but I know some folk here have "done" the beaches and I'd appreciate some pointers. On my way back sometime next week I'll be in Northern France and I'd like to see the beaches and any notable associated spots. Assuming I allocate one day, where would you recommend going?

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    Default Re: D-Day beaches

    Sainte-Mère-Eglise is boring

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    Gold and Sword beaches, The D-Day museum at Arromanches, British war cemetery at Bayeux

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    Default Re: D-Day beaches

    Arromanches - you can walk out to the Mulberry harbour wrecks if the tide is out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asmethurst View Post
    Arromanches - you can walk out to the Mulberry harbour wrecks if the tide is out.
    I'd agree. There's a museum too.

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    Agreed Arromanche did an Army charity run from there back in the 80's followed the route 73 independent field sqn RE took from D Day to the end of the war through France Belgium Holland ending up in Keil had three of the D Day vets with us raised a few grand for the Army benevolent fund. Excercise Pigs Bridges as the Sqn emblem was a wild Boar. The vets had many memories most were heartbreaking of the beach landing. There is a particular pill box there which to use their words "gave us a great deal of trouble" until a crocodile tank flamed it from point blank range.
    Not me in th photo but one of the team. Two man relay teams 10 mile stints or two hours running in army boots lightweights and RE running vest.
    http://www.sappers.co.uk/photos/ex-p...-press-release

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    Have you been to Oradour sur Glane its East of La Rochelle, very moving place to visit.

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    I cycled it a few years ago. In no particular order Pointe Du Hoc is worth a visit, the landscape is unaltered and very pock marked. Merville Battery stands out for me for the notes of thanks from British troops to the German medics that treated them, also where troops have returned and corrected the names on photographs. There's plenty of museums each with a story to tell, have a Google and see which ones suit you. While you're in the area pop in and see the Bayeux Tapestry. As mentioned above, Oradour sur Glane is well worth a visit but it's a fair trip from the Normandy Beaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodbargee View Post
    Have you been to Oradour sur Glane its East of La Rochelle, very moving pace to visit.

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    +1. You could do that the day before on your way up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodbargee View Post
    Have you been to Oradour sur Glane its East of La Rochelle, very moving place to visit.

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    Fooking long way from Normandy. And a decent slog from la Rochelle.
    I've been to oradour and whilst it's interesting enough, I'd rather spend the day in la Rochelle, Bordeaux, even Limoges.

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    Merville and Pegasus Bridge are well worth a visit, although not beaches obviously.

    Of the US museums I found the Utah one better than the Omaha one (that was about 10 years ago though). The US Airbourne museum at St M. Eglise I recall as being fairly good.

    Personally if it was me and I had 1 day I'd do Merville, Pegasus Bridge and Sword beach. There's a massive observation bunker/tower at Sword beach that's worth a look.

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    Done Arrowmanches quite a few times now and it is still very poignant. Nice place to visit in terms of location, but the history and loss of life does linger.

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    THe memorial at Vimy Ridge is well worth a look depending on your route up frmo the south

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantPygmy View Post
    THe memorial at Vimy Ridge is well worth a look depending on your route up frmo the south
    It's a long way from Normandy though.

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