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'Leaving on a ferrryyyy, don't know when we'll be back again!'................
We were awake early to catch the 8.30am ferry to Cherbourg, another beautiful day with thankfully calm seas as Mandy doesn't have great sea legs! Arrived in Cherbourg at 1.45 french time and had a 2 hour drive to a small town on the Brittany/Normandy border called Pontorson.
After checking in at 'Camping Haliotis' we walked ...
... are several informative presentations with regard to the planning and preparation for D-Day.
After this we had a short walk on the path above the Omaha Beach and the first thing that I recognised was how difficult it must have been to capture the beach and gain a beach head of the 5 miles initially required by the Allies. The positions that we were stood at, above the beach, would ...
... others were Utah, (American), Gold and Juno (British) and Sword (Canadian).
Altogether, the length of the five invasion beaches was some 80km. 156,000 troops were landed on the first day from a fleet of over 5,000 ships – so you can only imagine the logistics and the planning that took place in order to get these troops across the Channel and onto the beaches – and then to maintain ...
... Louis XVI, is one of the largest in the world.
The road from Cherbourg leads to several fascinating points of interest within the region of Normandy. In nearby Tourlaville, you can explore the Chateau des Ravalets, a stunning example of Renaissance style. Cherbourg is not far from Normandy - site of D-Day battles.
Chateau des Ravalets
... We had set our course and with less than four knots of wind couldn't sail at all, and we huddled in the cockpit, watching our couse on the iPad and popping our heads out every so often to make sure we couldn't see any lights close enough to signal that we might have a nearby ship to avoid.
For the first couple of hours we made slower progress than we hoped, as the tide was pushing us backwards and we didn't have the benefit of the sails. It was a sixty ...