Normandy places to stop

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  1. Frankiej

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    Hi all. We are going to France for a quick trip in June. Planning to do some of the museums and beaches.
    We are going Newhaven to Dieppe and would be glad to hear of any good places to visit and stop, Aires or municipal sites preferably. And the best places to visit...
    Any great ideas?
     
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    We’ve just been to the aire at Merville-Franceville-Plage. Merville Battery and museum are good to visit. Walk along from the aire and visit the Redoubt ( currently being refurbished as a restaurant). Nice beach to walk on too. (Sword Beach)
    Pegasus bridge nearby, great museum and outside displays including the original bridge and memorials where the D Day gliders landed
    The Grand Bunker at Ouistrehem then all the landing beaches up to St Màre Église with the “parachutist” hanging on the church roof
    Also, watch “The Longest Day” before you go. Fantastic film covering D Day and how the parachutist got on the church.
     
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    Thanks, @Allanm will mark these all off to visit.
    Will try to see the movie before we go. Going to a special screening of The Dambusters tonight....
     
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    Get the 'searchforsites.co.uk' app on your phone or computer.

    It shows up; Camp sites, Aires, Wild camping sites along with any facilities at each, plus photos and reviews if submitted previously.
    Used it all over France and Spain and UK. Campercontact is good too but I find the Searchforsites format easier to use.


    If you get chance visit the café at Pegasus Bridge. The owner, Arlette Gondrée, (if she's still alive) is a living part of the history and she is a fantastic and beautiful person to talk to. Loves Brits. The café is unique too.

    Cheers
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    If you get to Pegasus Bridge near the 6th June, the place will be busy due to the DDay anniversary celebrations. We were there last year, great atmosphere and lots of extra things to see.
    I agree with Nik above about the cafe, we were there yesterday though we didn’t see Mme Gondrée
    If you visit the beaches, most have brilliant museums, early June will be busy but you will get into the spirit of the place.
     
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    The 360 degree cinema above the beach at Arromanche has a great Aire overlooking the remains of the Mulberry harbour but you are made to move on at 8am the following morning now
     
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    Didn’t think about that, we will be there 8 June so May see some of it?
     
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    I got the campercontact app but haven’t looked at search for sites, thanks will do that.
    Personal recommendations are always good though...
     
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    Yes D Day week is the best time to go, loads going on. WW2 military vehicles diosplays and charging about on the beaches, military camps set up, air displays, fireworks displays in loads of towns & villages. Loads of places to stop for some they stop charging for the period.
    Young need to get information from the tourist office in each district as they only list the local events.

    If possible I would try and go over at least a week before your date to get the best out of it.
    D Day week is a truly great week not to be missed. We have done it several times including the big anerversery.

    Oh don't forget to take your 1940's cloths and uniform.:)

    A few photos from the last time we went (guess who is in the 1st one:))

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    Looks great, but now worried we won’t find any spaces on campsites and Aires....:unsure:
     
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    No problem at all, even on the big anniversary (2014), those pics were 2015.
    If the Aire is full often an overspill area. At Arromanches they open up a big field for parking where the D514 takes a shape right, you can stay there overninght (free of course) they won't let you stay in the car parks on top of the cliffs overnight. Arromanches is where you get the vehicles on the beach, don't even attempt to go to the aire only a few spaces an cars often park in the sevices & van spaces. There is a site about a 100yds from the field.
     
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    Looks a fantastic event @Lenny HB definitely on the todo list (y)
     
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    We stayed on the camping municipal in Arromanches in September last year. Site was fine and nice easy walk into the town. We second the recommendation for the 360 but its a steep walk up there. We took the overnight ferry and our first stop was Pegasus bridge so we were able to park in their carpark well before it opened. Easy mh parking at all the sites we visited.
    Feel free to pm us
     
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    Juno beach just up the hill on the coast road to the west form the Canadian Museum is a Motorhome parking Area marked on Goole maps as an Aire, signs saying No overnighting Camping Cars but nobody cares around D Day.
    Omaha beach just west of the Museum similar and there is a camping car parks Aire just up the road turn left at the crossroads also big wild spot at the crossroads.
     
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    A few more pics.

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    Grandcamp-Maisy (25 miles West along the coast from Arromanches) is a nice little town with a campsite - Camping Capefun at the West edge of town and a decent Aire at the East edge by the Fire Station!
     
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    Can't remember the name but a few miles inland from Grandcamp-Maisy there is a large patch of land brought by an English family. They dug out all the WW2 trenches and gun emplacements, found guns to mount, there building I remember German officers quarters etc. You actually walk round in the trenches, very interesting, I'll find some photos tomorrow.
    Also Senior rate was about €2 when we went.
     
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