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Normandy 2018 Day 4 – Tilly book fair, Hottot and photo tour

Day 4 – Sunday 3rd June Tilly sur Seulles Salon du Livre We tried to be up early for breakfast as we were aiming to be at the “Tilly Book Fair” run at the museum by our friend Stéphane Jacquet from the start; unfortunately, Glyn’s alarm clock was still set to UK time so whilst […]

Normandy 2018 Day 3 – Security checks, fog, missed breweries, tardis and pizza

Day 3 – Saturday 2nd June Off on the Chunnel As usual, we were crossing via the “Chunnel” (or Channel Tunnel to give it it’s proper name) as it’s a quick way of getting over to mainland Europe. Possibly because we’d picked an early crossing (as our B&B didn’t provide breakfast) we were met with […]

Normandy 2018 Day 2 – Brewery, Micropubs and wartime memories with a train for good measure

Locomotive on the M25 Yes, you read that correctly! Leaving Aylesbury following a fulfilling breakfast, we headed towards the M25 – the ring-road motorway around London. Whilst you’d expect this to be free-flowing, it rarely is… a couple of years ago on one of our trips, it came to a halt in order for a […]

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Normandy 2017 Day 10 – Respects at Hottot then beers at Brasserie Thiriez

Day 10 – Thursday 8th June Paying our respects at Hottot les Bagues We had a couple of things planned for our final day in Normandy; needless to say they didn’t go as anticipated! We were a little later leaving in the morning than we had planned,  so,  having a visited the Commonwealth graves at […]

Normandy 2017 Day 9 – Estry, Deep Purple, barbed wire and beer

Day 9 – Wednesday 7th June A walk around Estry This morning we spent time looking around the village of Estry as Colin wanted to take photographs of the locations of damaged and destroyed Churchill tanks following the battle to liberate the village as he needed this for his war gaming group and his military […]

Normandy 2017 Day 8 – Chasing Ray Elledge and other Americans

Day 8 – Tuesday 6th June A late start! We had a late start today partly as we’d decided on a leisurely lie-in but more to do with the previous night’s socialising! Chasing Ray Elledge and other Americans (again!) Our plan for the day was to use the narrative in Ray Elledge’s manuscript to try […]

Normandy 2017 Day 7 – On Hill 112

Day 7 – Monday June 5th On Hill 112 with Albert Figg Today saw us heading off to meet with Albert Figg on the top of Hill 112. This is something that we do each year and following the small ceremony that is held there,  we go for something to eat. This year the ceremony […]

Normandy 2017 Day 6 – With the Green Howards

Day 6 – Sunday 4th June With the Green Howards After breakfast at a leisurely 8:30 in the morning we headed off to the village of Crépon, where we had been told of a ceremony dedicated to the Green Howards, one of the Battalions that some of The Men in the Shed were members of. […]

Normandy 2017 Day 5 – Normandy Museums, models, veterans and pizza

Day 5 – Saturday 3rd June Lost errand boys Today would see us running errands for various people. We set off from Rouen through some light rain and worked out a schedule to meet up with Albert Figg to pick up some of his books to take to the museum at Saint Martin de Besaces […]