Category Archives: Normandy Trips

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 […]

Normandy 2016 Day 9 – Barrie, Brewery, Beaches and Bayeux

Day 09 – Saturday 4th June Visiting St Vigor – where it all started Saturday morning saw us heading off to see Barrie & Stuart for a chat & a cuppa and to update them on our new discoveries. It’s great to see their reactions as they are so proud to have a piece of […]

Normandy 2016 Day 8 – On tour with Bill Sullivan’s family

Day 08 – Friday 3rd June Remembering Bill Sullivan An early morning start saw us headed off to Ste Mere Église – or rather the farm complex just to the East at La Fiere to meet up with Elizabeth Sullivan (wife of Veteran Bill Sullivan) & her niece, Denise. Unfortunately, Bill has succumbed to Alzheimer’s […]

Normandy 2016 Day 7- John Harder in the news

Day 07 – Thursday 2nd June Chasing down John Harder (part 2) After breakfast, we went back to the Mairie in Évron to see Livre d’Or & John Harder’s signature for ourselves – it was great being able to see a piece of “real history” that I had a direct connection to. Then, as it […]

Normandy 2016 Day 6 – Chasing John Harder

Day 06 – Wednesday 1st June Chasing John Harder Today would have a focus on tracing John Harder’s return visit to Normandy in the 1970s when he was presented with a medallion by the mayor of Évron which was the main town nearest to where he parachuted into Normandy from his stricken Spitfire. We had […]