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Mont Saint-Michel (April 2022)

We had planned to visit Mont Saint-Michel on our way from Caen to Dinan but the host for our digs in Dinan was horrified.  Visiting the most visited site in France after the Eiffel Tower…

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American D Day Landings, Normandy (14 April 2022)

6 June 1944.  D-Day.  The Germans knew the Allies would come, they just didn’t know where or when.  12 months in the planning and subject to numerous changes right up until the last minute, the…

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Caen and Bayeux (13 to 16 April 2022)

Caen was founded by William the Conquerer in the 11th century and signs of him are everywhere.  Despite being badly damaged in the 1944 Battle of Normandy, there’s a lot of heritage and history still…

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Normandy Coast (9 to 12 April 2022)

Etretat On the Normandy coast, a stunning 130km of white chalk cliffs known as the Cote d’Albatre (Alabaster Coast) is France’s mirror to the UK’s white cliffs of Dover.  And arguably the most iconic images…

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ANZACs in the Somme (7 April 2022)

After Australian forces were withdrawn from Gallipoli, many were re-directed to the Western Front.  Hardly a cause for celebration.  Other units were deployed direct from Australia. The first Battle of the Somme in 1916 will…

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