Arromanches-Les-Bains and the Landing Beaches

Wet start to the day but luckily more drizzle than rain and it dispersed pretty quickly. Over night we were joined by some caravanners from Belgium and are not the only campers on site any longer.

On the agenda today: some of the D Day landing beaches stretching along this coastline. First stop: the Port en Bessi for a trip to the supermarket. Tripe in calvados (Norman specialty) and some Norman Cidre were definitely a must on the list along with the now obligatory Bordeaux (€2.99), Baguette, cold meats & cheeses for picnic. Stocked up we headed off to Arromanches-les-Baines to have a look at the landing beaches.

Entry to the Musee du Debarquement is €7 entry per person and is definitely worth it. A guided tour in English, a short slide presentation and a 15 minute film are all included. We had obviously both heard of what happened on D Day before but were amazed to find out just HOW LITTLE we actually knew! I am a little ashamed to admit that I never knew anything about the construction of an artificial harbour [some remains of which can still be seen from the coastline this day]. We did, however, recognise the rubber doll used in the film The Longest Day [which we watched the night before].

After a dog walk on the beach and some lunch in the van we then carried on to American territory, Omaha beach.

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