Day 6 & 7
19/10/2011 - 20/10/2011 14 °C
So that's Sword beach ticked of the list, we now head west to visit Juno beach (where the Canadians landed) and Gold Beach (where we Brits conquered) before heading south to Bayeux.
With two museums under our belt we make the final stop of the day at the Germans artillery battery in Longues-sur-Mer. Paul must take at least 200 hundred photos everyday, I catch him on film a fair bit.
Beginning to feel a bit weary we head to Bayeux to check into our hotel. There are no bars close-by but town is only a 15 minute walk away so we're confident that we'll have no problem finding somewhere for a few drinks and (hopefully) a hot meal. No disrespect towards our ham and cheese feasts.
We spend an hour or two exploring the town and stop in a couple of places for alcoholic refreshments. We soon realise that if we want to go to a restaurant it's going to have to be before 9pm as that is when most places start to close. Being night owls and used to eating whenever we want this isn't an ideal scenario. Eastenders is just finishing at this time in England, (we're an hour ahead.) The prospect of going hungry looms over us as we turn a corner to discover a small supermarket AND TWO take-aways. We stock up on cheese and ham just to play it safe and settle down at the bar in an old fashioned pub. But even the take-aways only stay open until ten o'clock, early nights it's going to be from now on.
Bayeux has a beautiful la cathédrale, and we visit the Bayeux tapestry the following day. As well as finishing off our Normandy tour in the memorial cemetery and museum. I literally cant store anymore information in my head and wont be able to read again for weeks. Overall we've really enjoyed the whole Normandy experience. We didn't get round to seeing Utah or Omaha beach but it's been a remarkable trip so far.
I'll always remember being here and peering down the beaches, it's hard to imagine the things that happened here. Nowadays the area is in a state of peace and tranquility but the solemn undertones still linger.