Ste Honorine des Pertes, Normandie, Tuesday, 19th February 2013

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Utah Beach

Chariot racing at Utah Beach

 

We are staying at this private motorhome aire on the D514 or Omaha Beach Road.  It has room for 35 motorhomes, the price of €6 includes electricity and it’s open all year.  There is only just another van here at the moment (just after midday), so we have lots of space around us as well as being nicely secluded by a hedge.  It’s very sunny and warm, as it’s been all week: just what I needed!

 

Monument to the American forces who landed at Utah Beach

Monument to the American forces who landed at Utah Beach

 

This morning we drove to Utah Beach, after spending the night at Isigny-sur-Mer, famous for its butter.  Once again, it was quite harrowing to see the monuments erected to the American soldiers fallen in WWII and frightening to see all the war paraphernalia left behind: tanks, air-raid guns, tank traps, etc.  There is also a museum here, but as we had already visited Arromanches and Juno’s previously, (http://fatimasaysell.com/2011/11/18/juno-beach-sun…t-october-2010/ ‎) we decided just to enjoy the walk in the sunshine and admire the enormous beach and the horses training on it for some sort of ‘chariot’ races.

WWII tank by museum

WWII tank by museum

 

Another tribute to the American forces

Another tribute to the American forces

 

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We thought the Utah Beach campsite would be open, as it said in the guide, but it’s shut until April, so we started making our slow way back east, and here we are at St Honorine-des-Pertes, between Omaha and Arromanches.

 

Tank traps by Museum

Tank traps by Museum

Utah marvellous and enormous beach today

Utah marvellous and enormous beach today

 

A lone chariot

A lone chariot

 

We also enjoyed our quiet stay at the aire at Isigny-sur-Mer yesterday, with the parking bays neatly separated by hedges.  It’s free and it had a borne for water which cost €2 for 100 litres.  The aire is on the Quay Neuf, on the Port de Plaisance, nicely signposted and easy to find.

 

Motorhome aire at Isigny-sur-Mer, neatly divided by hedges

Motorhome aire at Isigny-sur-Mer, neatly divided by hedges, Port de Plaisance

 

We strolled around town, which was very quiet, and to the end of the quay for some bird watching on the marshes and the lovely view out to Côte de Nacre.

 

Enjoying a refreshing beer at Port de Plaisance

Enjoying a refreshing beer at Port de Plaisance

 

Port de Plaisance

Port de Plaisance

 

Looking out at Cote de Nacre

Looking out at Cote  de Nacre

 

Tomorrow we’re heading northeast, to St Valerie-en-Caux, as we really liked it there last time, with its magnificent motorhome aire right on the pier under the white chalk cliffs so much like Dover.

6 responses »

    • Thank you, Bella. That’s what I thought when we saw them. I had never seen chariot races like that before and it was such a wonderful surprise in the beautiful morning light. It really is a fantastic beach. It is hard to imagine now the horror of the D Day landings.

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