Gold, Juno, Sword

We set off at 9:05 for Caen which took us 2 hours and 20 minutes to get to.

William the Conqueror lived here in a Castle complex that has been turned into a museum.

We walked around it and part of the old city before heading to Arromanches-les-Bains.

We arrived at 13:20 and had lunch on the wall looking out onto the English Channel. From here you can see the harbour built by the Allies after the D Day landings.

11 years ago we were at Utah Beach where there is a museum and memorial.

All along the streets are these flags of remembrance with different people named. We did not go to the museum here and the small pedestrian area has commercialised the War in a way that’s sickening. We had very expensive crêpes before driving to Asnelles – the site of the code name Gold.

The beaches along here have been turned into Oyster beds and we went to La Calvadosienne to buy a dozen for supper.

We followed the coast road as best we could to Juno and past Sword to Ouistréham.

From there we crossed the Pegasus bridge and drove part of the Route de Liberation until we crossed La Grande Canal.

As it was getting late we headed back to the apartment, stopping for grocery shopping in Pont L’Évêque first. We spent 8 long minutes in peak hour traffic and got back to the resort at 18:45. Dave went for a sauna and I did another load of laundry. We had a late dinner of freshly chucked oysters, cravettes, duck terrine and cheese and biscuits.

Only 8523 steps today and 4.49km

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