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Normandy 2018 Day 9 – Beer, tanks and more beer

Day 9 – Friday 8th June Back to the UK For a change, I’d got the timings right with regard to the Chunnel crossings in that I gave us plenty of time to get there from our final night’s accommodation in France – the Rollus Brewery. In the past, even though I’ve apparently allowed plenty […]

Normandy 2018 Day 8 – Another brewery ticked off

Day 8 – Thursday 7th June Northwards into the sun A reasonably late start saw us on our slow way back home, leaving the mist, drizzle & coolness that we’d experienced over the past few days behind us & off into clear blue skies & very hot summer sun. Lunch was very elegant… lounging in […]

Normandy 2018 Day 7 – Fog, diversions, exhibitions, kilts and memorials

Day 7 – Wednesday 6th June An early and foggy start The unhelpful weather continued as we said “à bientôt” to Mme Barratte for another year as we headed off for the opening of a new exhibition in the village hall at St Martin de Besaces. It was quite misty as we got on the […]

Normandy 2018 Day 6 – Hill 112, Albert Figg RIP, Committee meetings and Marshall Amps (sort of)

Day 6 – Tuesday 5th June Annual Hill 112 Ceremony For many years, now, we’ve attended the small ceremony on Hill 112 to commemorate the veterans of both sides who fought & died in Operations EPSOM & JUPITER. Whilst the main commemoration is in July (on the Sunday nearest to the commencement of Operation JUPITER), […]

Normandy 2018 Day 5 – War diary review, misty photos, revisiting farms and Pizza

Day 5 – Monday 4th June This ended up being a long day with an equally long post! War diaries in detail So, after the extreme heat of the past two days, a later start saw us waking up to very overcast clouds and a light drizzle (for my non-British readers, you’d be amazed at […]

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 […]