Category Archives: Normandy Trips

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 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 […]

Normandy 2017 Day 4 – Mixing history and beers; a heady cocktail

Day 4 – Friday 2nd June Mixing history An early start saw us arrive at the Eurotunnel terminal with the ability of catching the train prior to our scheduled one. This enabled us, once in France, to spend an hour walking around Cap Griz Nez, taking photographs of both the later German installations but also […]

Normandy 2017 Day 3 – Hop Fuzz Micro brewery, canalside food and sailors

Day 3 – Thursday 1st June Back to the Archives We returned to the National Archives to do further research, not only for ourselves but for other people and after lunch we headed out to Hythe for our last day in England. Unfortunately, this took longer than we had planned as we got caught in […]

Normandy 2017 Day 1- Using the Good Beer Guide to the full

Day 1 – Tuesday 30th May Using the Good Beer Guide in non traditional ways We started by heading towards Aylesbury where we used the CamRA Good Beer Guide to find a pub that was not in the guide! It was called The Plough. Unfortunately, the beer that we wanted (one brewed locally) was not […]

Normandy 2016 Day 11 – A Day of Remembrance

Day 11 – Monday 6th June As in past years, this was going to be a very busy day – including saving the Honour of the Welsh Guards! But more of that, later! Honouring the fallen at Hottot Les Bagues We started with a visit to Hottot Les Bagues Commonwealth War Cemetery and the first […]

Normandy 2016 Day 10 – On Hill 112 with a 25pdr photoshoot

Day 10 – Sunday 5th June Hill 112 with Albert Figg An awesome breakfast restored our good humour (as did my increasing fluency in French – this time unaided by Calvados & wine!). Mme Baratte explained that she sometimes enjoyed doing some silly & unusual things… such as making jam from Earl Grey tea or […]