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Last night was spent in Le Havre, in once again a free camping spot. It is remarkable but they are everywhere in France. If you want to pay for a real caravan park then you will need to wait until March/April before they are open, so anywho we bunked down for the night after arriving mid afternoon. We took a walk looking for a warm pub or restaurant and since it was Monday, nothing was open. The majority of business ...
... gave to name her told us to drive ahead which then took us through the centre of Caen which we had managed to previously avoid but at least we drive past William the conquerer's castle which we wouldn't have seen otherwise. We then went on to Bayeux to see the tapestry. It was our lucky day as once a year all french museums are free & today was the day! There was quite a queue but it moved through quite quickly while we were being entertained by an animated ...
Having decided several
days before that we would head for home after Carcassonne and not to
other towns or the cottage in La Limouziniere, we set off very early
in darkness to ride across France in a day. The route would be all
motorway and only broken up by fuel stops and a lunch break. It would
also prove to be our longest haul yet at just under 600 miles. It has
to be said that whilst it was not uncomfortable, it was very boring
and only livened ...
... would look like in my head while I was in the abbey: I imagined she was a soft person with rounded cheeks, soft hair, and a gentle disposition. She wouldn't like a lot of jewelry and her dresses would be simple, just like her church. And lo and behold! When I got home, I googled her and she looked exactly as I'd imagined. Serious kudos to whoever constructed the church and the abbey because they managed to convey Mathilde better than any portrait ever could.
... Two, this area of Normandy was very familiar to the 12th SS as these troops had spent weeks training in the farmlands and rolling hills of the region. Three, Meyer was an innovative "hands-on" commander who constantly roamed the ever changing 'front' lines and who subscribed to the theory that 'flexibility' ruled the battlefield.
The Canadians would slug it out with the 12th SS for over two months with both sides suffering enormous casualties. ...