10/10/2011 - 11/10/2011 12 °C
Today is the first day that we'll really get stuck into some tourism. We're in Ouistreham in Normandy where the French and British troops landed on the beaches on D-Day, Sword beach was it's codename. We arrived yesterday afternoon and I had little difficulty with my checking in spiel although Paul had to step in as the conversation advanced and we just rounded the whole process up in English, but it was worth a go.
We struggled last night to find somewhere that would serve us deux bierre s'il vous plait, we tried to get a drink in a restaurant (the only one open) but were shooed out like stray cats when I muttered something partly in French about not wanting to order food. The one place we did find charged us twelve euros! Needless to say, we only had the one and retreated to our room with some wine, cheese and ham. It's a strange town, Ouistreham, there are cars parked everywhere and there are plenty of houses, but no people.
Our first point of interest was the Musee No4 Commando de Ouistreham, dedicated to the No4 commandos of the French battallion. Inside we watched a video, one of the troops claimed that he and his platoon marched through the town without seeing anyone for two miles. Much the same as today. Followed by the Musee du Mer de l'Atlantique de Ouistreham, which used to be a German watch tower. We were looking forward to standing on the top and looking across the ocean but unfortunately it was off limits that day.
There was a landing craft outside the museum which was used in the film "Saving Private Ryan", so I was starstruck for a few minutes.
Our next scheduled stop was to be the Pegasus bridge but along the way this happened.
Romeanes took full glory on the eighteenth with a hole in one. He was congratulated with a burger and pizza and then we retreated to our room for more wine, cheese and ham.