Visiting the Juno Beach and Utah Beach D-Day museums in Normandy before getting the ferry back to Ireland (2018 Days 71-75 Courseilles sur Mer to Cherbourg)

Today's featured photo shows the sun setting over the beach at Arromanches les Bains in Normandy. The village here is famous as the location for an artificial harbour built by the Allies after D-Day and sections of the Muberry harbour lie dotted along the beach to this day. I had been here in 2016 but … Continue reading Visiting the Juno Beach and Utah Beach D-Day museums in Normandy before getting the ferry back to Ireland (2018 Days 71-75 Courseilles sur Mer to Cherbourg)

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Quite a crowd on the Sword D-Day beach in Normandy and quite a crowd in Paris as well to welcome home the World Cup winning French team (2018 Day 71 Cabourg to Courseilles sur Mer)

Today's photo shows a beach near Ouistreham crowded with holidaymakers. This is no ordinary beach for this was one of the 5 D-day beaches and was code-named Sword Beach in June 1944. I estimate there is roughly 1000 people spread out along the beach in the above photo but on D-Day around 28,000 soldiers and … Continue reading Quite a crowd on the Sword D-Day beach in Normandy and quite a crowd in Paris as well to welcome home the World Cup winning French team (2018 Day 71 Cabourg to Courseilles sur Mer)

Cycling through the battlefields of the Argonne before visiting a school in Reims where the Armistice to end World War 2 was signed (2018 Days 66 – 67 Verdun to Reims)

Today's featured photo shows the cut-out of a French soldier from the Battle of Valmy which took place in 1792 between French and German armies. It was the first of five wars that would break out between France and Germany over the next 250 years. The Battle of Valmy was relatively minor and all over … Continue reading Cycling through the battlefields of the Argonne before visiting a school in Reims where the Armistice to end World War 2 was signed (2018 Days 66 – 67 Verdun to Reims)

Visiting Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches in one day left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings

(#03 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Les Braves D-Day memorial sculpture at Omaha Beach in Vierville-sur-Mer. The metal sculpture was created by the French artist Anilore Banon in 2004 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The sculpture was only intended to be temporary … Continue reading Visiting Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches in one day left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings