Monday, October 06, 2008

Tour Day 2 - Honfleur to Bayeux

Got up and had breakfast at about 6:30am this morning. We all grouped together and set out at about 9:00am. Thankfully the weather was dry although the roads were still damp.
Merville Battery
We visited Merville Battery first, which the 9th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment neutralised on 6th June 1944. It is a very interesting place that is well worth the visit.

After we had finished at Merville we headed over to Pegasus Bridge and had coffee at the bridge cafe. We then went to the Pegasus Bridge museum to see the original bridge.

Pegasus Bridge Pegasus Bridge is a bascule bridge (a type of movable bridge) over the Caen Canal, near Ouistreham, France. The bridge, also known as the BĂ©nouville Bridge after the neighbouring village, was a major objective of Operation Tonga. Units landed by glider near it during the Normandy Invasion on 5–6 June 1944. It was given the permanent name of Pegasus Bridge in honour of the operation. This name derives from the shoulder emblem worn by the attacking British, which is the flying horse Pegasus.

Original Pegasus Bridge We then went off around the coast passing the beaches of Sword, Juno and Gold before stopping at Arromanches to visit the 360 degrees cinema.

We then continued around on the coast road to visit the Normandy American cemetery at Omaha beach. Pete kindly took a group shot of the whole gang and their steeds.

From left to right: Steve Bmw, Rachel, Ian, Terry, Steve & Carol, Me, Steve Qwak and Ash.

Group Shot @Omaha Beach

From there we headed over to our hotel in Bayeux, another of the Campanile chain. We went out into Bayeux that night and I had possibly the least spicy Madras in history.